I bought the fabric!
Last weekend, I went to fabric row, a strip of fabric stores in Philadelphia and a short trip from my apartment, to buy the fabric for my dress (click here to see). I knew exactly what fabric I wanted (4 ply silk) and in exactly what color (charcoal grey). Everything was decided and I was sure fabric row would not let me down. Boy, did it let me down. Big time. After dawdling through store after store, I found nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zip. Zero. The one store that sold 4-ply only had it in white and white was a definite no-no. Showing up to a wedding in a white dress, especially a wedding of a good friend of mine, would be the ultimate sin. A very big faux-paus for sure. I considered changing my plan, opting for a print or a poly crepe, but I couldn’t deviate. I had spent months figuring out the perfect fabric and the perfect color. I had to stick to my plan. As a last resort, I went to a fabric warehouse store, Jomar’s. I hesitated buying fabric from Jomar’s for two reasons. One because the content and the quality of fabric that is stacked and shoved into the second floor of this warehouse is many timesdubious. Two because shopping for fabric in a warehouse isn’t as enjoyable as shopping for fabric on kitchsy fabric row. To my surprise, I found the perfect fabric. It was better than perfect. I embarrassingly admit that I don’t know the quality of the fabric (that’s what you get when you shop at Jomar’s), meaning I will have to use extra caution when sewing and ironing. But who cares? The fabric looks amazing! It’s a double-sided fabric. The face side has a hand similar to 4 ply silk while the wrong side has a hand similar to silk charmuese. The face side is charcoal grey and has a slight golden sheen and the wrong side is champagne. Best of all, because it’s double-sided, the dress will look as if it was lined when it isn’t! Awesome, right? For the belt and bottom band, I bought a fabric, again the content is uncertain, similar in hand to the body fabric but in a pastel turquoise color (think Tiffany’s blue but more pastel).
I am excited to cut the fabric and begin sewing. You must wish me luck this weekend as I cut with utmost precision and begin sewing with even more meticulous precision.
I know what you all are thinking… this girl is the slowest sewer in the word! I apologize that it has taken me so long to finish this project but I draft and fit all my patterns, which makes the duration of this project much longer than one in which I buy a pattern. Plus, I am in the midst of setting up my very own online pattern store (yay!). Yes, soon I will be selling my own patterns online (yay again!). Oh, and I have a full-time job, 45 plus hours a week. Plus, I blog like it’s an addiction. But it’s what I love to do. It’s my raison d’etre.
Lastly and for some eye candy, here are some photos from Saturday…