Fabric Haul: The Fabric Store
ver since The Fabric Store left L.A., I've been having the most difficult time finding fabric like their assortment practically anywhere in Los Angeles. They have such a large assortment of Liberty of London fabrics and omg if you haven't touched a swatch of anything Tana Lawn from Liberty of London, you're missing out! Not to mention, the patterns are beautiful. I've avoided making an order through the website for so long because typically by the time international orders arrive to my home, the appeal of sewing with the fabric has usually worn off and I'm on to a different project. However, that wasn't the case this go round.
When the quarantine went into place, like my usual self, I did the best I could to keep up with day to day appearances. Working in Developer Relations leads to a lot of face time with the developer community either through recording content or hopping onto a Twitch stream. I needed an option that was effortless but still fashionable. I think I was heading into a video call one day when I threw on a dress. That gave me the largest wardrobe epiphany - why not just only wear dresses?
Rather than worry about finding a top that coordinates with a bottom, I could simply throw on a dress and be done.
So, I went on a dress binge. But I really wanted to create some of my own. Now that my book is just about headed to production, I decided to pick back up one of my favorite hobbies: sewing!
I had honestly spent so much time on YouTube looking for dress tutorials before committing to purchasing fabric. I had previously purchased at least 100 yards of muslin from Mood and had been slowly creating samples until I was ready for the real-deal. I had came across a two layered pleated dress tutorial from OVOKE and just knew that I wanted to make a similar dress. So it was fate when the Instagram algorithm had aligned with my Instagram scroll.
I'm thankful for the Instagram algorithm because it has a funny way of placing the right stuff in front of me at the right moment. The Fabric Store posted a photo of this beautiful pink floral Liberty of London fabric. I just couldn't take my eyes off it!
I had to find it.
Fortunately, the product photos on the website did the fabric justice. I was sold and ordered 3 yards. It's the Liberty of London Tana Lawn - English Field/Pink.
I then continued to scroll and came across this slightly burnt-out beauty. All I could think about was floral gardens reminiscent of the countryside - which is a whole mood for me as of late. Seriously, you should check out my Instagram timeline. Accounts like @mignonettetakespictures and @__s____o have been flooding my timeline (which is probably why I'm in a more peaceful state of mind than I should be despite pandemic craziness). I wanted to be wrapped up in a floral garden. I have a weird relationship with florals - whatever, it's an obsessive relationship with flowers. I've always dreamed of having my own cottage on the countryside where I tend to my garden during the day and play with baby rabbits. I also watched The Secret Garden a lot growing up so thanks, childhood.
Anywho, the Liberty of London Tana Lawn - Mary Jean / B fabric is as gorgeous online as it is in real life. The combination of these particular hues of pink and blue are darling. The hint of taupe/grey is also a nice touch.
If you haven't felt Tana Lawn before, it has a paper-thin appeal to it that I like. Depending on the base color of the fabric, it can be slightly sheer if held up to the light. However, that's what adding a lining is for - right? Personally, I like to use Tana Lawn sans-lining because it provides such a beautiful breathable touch to the skin.
I've had my eye on a few other fabrics from The Fabric Store. As of late, I'm still trying to find a project for the Liberty of London Tana Lawn - Oxford/C. I can't get over the colors. They're kinda psychedelic and retro aka ADORABLE. They'd probably make a cute pair of bunched shorts. We'll see if I take that leap - I still need to draft a shorts sloper.
I also bought some cute garment labels which say Hello Gorgeous...for obvious reasons. Also, in an attempt to try my hand at using bias binding again, I opted for some pink bias tape. I've been cutting my own strips so much while making masks that I grew tired of doing it. Now I have a nice shade of pink! I've been wanting to try out bias bound seams - also known as a Hong Kong finish. I tried it out with muslin recently and figured I'm brave enough to give it a try on a real garment.
Here goes nothing!