Thursday, June 25, 2009

I am Enabled

Recently I learned that fabrics from the Fall 2009 Vera Wang Lavender Label Collection were available on Another sign of the economy. Apparently many of the orders from this collection were cancelled after fabrics were already purchased and delivered. bought up the entire lot and is basically liquidating it all.

Of course, we sewists jumped on this opportunity, burning up message boards and blogs with the story, and firing up our plastic. And I was one of them, although I've already got way too much yardage. As the packages have arrived, there have been varying degrees of satisfaction with the quality. Eek! What would my order look like? I've been eagerly waiting for that package, wondering what my response would be...

Today the box came. And I love them. My order is relatively small (17 yards!) compared with some, 4 relatively conservative pieces--wool suitings and a double knit. Navy, charcoal, and a lavender "wild card" piece. My plan is to use them for work clothes.

Textured Wool Blend Suiting This photo is overexposed to show the texture, but the actual color of the wool is dark navy. Soft yet substantial, gorgeous.

Stretch Double Knit Suiting Not your mother's poly double knit. Very substantial for use as a bottom layer. The weight reminds me of ski pants.

Charcoal wool twill suiting. OMG, this is absolutely lovely.

Lavender Grid Wool Suiting The picture doesn't do this justice. A lovely wool suiting with a beautiful hand. The texture is smooth not raised as it appears in the photo.

I can tell that these will be a joy to sew. I'm tempted to go back and get more, but really, I have way too much fabric already and these are colors that will go with items already in my collection. Well, maybe not the lavender grid, but certainly everything else.

The quality is excellent for the price. The wools were $9.74 per yard and the PDK was $4.54 per yard. The widths are wide as well.

Photos courtesy of


Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Nan - I bought the navy doubleknit too. When I first put it in my cart I thought I could use it to knock off this Chanel-type suit idea that I've been carrying around in my head for the last couple of years. However, this piece won't work for that idea so it will go in the fabric closet and wait for another opportunity.

I'm glad though that you really liked what you got!

Gigi said...

OMG, those are beautiful! I especially love the grid suiting. I wish I could buy more wools...

Lory said...

You got some really pretty fabrics! i bought up a storm (or so it felt to me) at also. But I didn't buy from that collection. I was drawn to some other ones and got a little carried away. I wound up buying 22 yards, which is insane to me because i've never bought that much at one time. However, I'm super, super excited for them to arrive.


gwensews said...

New fabric is always a joy! I especially like the navy. If it were mine,I would make a suit.

Duchesse said...

Wow, I love these, and the prices are fantastic, Can't wait to see what you make!