I am not sure if there is much that I love more than fabric. I adore to look at it, rub it between my fingers, feel the hand of the fabric, and dream what I will make with it. Put me in a fabric store, any kind, anywhere, and I will happily occupy myself for hours.
Sometimes a room of gorgeous designer fabric
is just too much!
When it comes to making fabric choices for myself personally, I am pretty fast and definite about what I want. There’s not much waffling that goes on.
But I also have a job where I have to make lots of decisions about fabrics. I regularly work with designers and have weeded my way through hundreds of fabric choices.
What looks good in person or, worse, in a digital swatch, may not play at all well in front of a camera on or the pages of a magazine. I have seen fabrics that would look great on someone walking down the street, but completely die in front of the camera. (The color black is one of the worst offenders here.) And then I have seen a so-so print spring to life when the camera turns its eye to it. So with so much hangs in the balance when helping to choose fabrics for projects. There are times when I just can’t decide.
I found myself in just such a position last week when I visited the Garment Center in New York City to search for fabrics for The Unnofficial Downton Abbey Sews issue that the Stitch team is producing. First of all, it’s not like the bar isn’t high enough already. I mean, come on! It’s one of the most costume-rich series of all time.
So I’m feeling that pressure, along with the usual pressure of the overabundance of riches in the Garment Center. Store after store is filled with roll after roll of fabrics pressing against great glass windows and threatening to burst out into the streets in a flood of textiles.
I was able to buy some gorgeous yardage, thanks to expert sales help. But I came home that night and fell into a deep and dreamless sleep, fortunately not populated by scenes from my obsessive watching and re-watching of Downton Abbey episodes.
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Do you ever get overwhelmed by fabric? I would love to know!