Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Chicago Fabric Shopping

As previously noted, we visited two fabulous fabric stores during the Chicago Weekend. Or at least I was there for two stores, as the early arrivals and late departures got to visit a second location of Vogue Fabrics and a Chicagoland outpost of JoAnn's.

At any rate, here are my spoils from our Saturday expedition. The first two selections are from Fishman's:

 Cotton by Michael Miller. Love this design!

Cotton batiste. Ann spotted this one and I couldn't resist those colors!

I also bought some chartruese cross-weave silk dupioni for the long-delayed vestment project, but that's nothing new. On to Vogue Fabrics:

Wool and cotton blend challis-type

Wool gauze, an Anna Sui print. Yes, safety pins!

Cotton retro-style print. Louise Cutting brought this fabric (in pink) around to the sewing expeditions a few years ago.

So what am I going to make with this? As usual, I don't buy for a particular project but I do keep a general idea in mind. 
  • The Italian print is crying out to be a shirt of some kind.
  • The floral batiste will likely be a little summer blouse or tank top.
  • Same with the green, gray and white bow print.
  • The scribble print could be a shirt-jacket or even a skirt. The weight would be fine either way.
  • The wool gauze safety pin print will probably be a TSW Now Shirt.
I would be in real trouble if I lived in Chicago. On the other hand, maybe not. Perhaps I'd let the stores hold my stash instead of bringing it home. Still thinking of some of the ones I left behind, but I can always come back...


Gorgeous Things said...

I love that batiste, and the Anna Sui silk is cuter in person than it is even in the picture. I can't wait to see what you make with it!

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

You bought some really pretty pieces...glad you had a great time!

Liana said...

I think you did awfully well. Lovely fabrics, and I don't remember even seeing the bow print. So cute!

patti said...

I remember the bow print--and I esp remember the safety pin wool gauze--Ann is right; it's much nicer in person. I didn't see your Fishman's treasures (except the one you didn't post!).

The Style Crone said...

Your selections are stunning!

Jules said...

I just love the Michael Miller Italian fabric! Can you provide any more details, such as the collection? my email is Thanks!