It seems to me that most of us who claim sewing as a pastime have dabbled in the wide variety of activities encompassed in the genre: custom dressmaking, quilting, home dec, crafting. But sooner or later we settle into our favorite niche and develop a specialty. For me it’s been clothing construction and more specifically daywear and tailoring. Now to break this down even further, there are parts of the process of making a garment that I like better than others. So, when I was thinking about this blog and why I want to talk about fabric, I examined the different aspects of the process and came up with these designations. Where do you fit?
You love conceiving a project from silhouette to drape to styling and fit. It’s all about the vision for you.
You are happy enough to start with someone else’s vision (i.e. pattern), but you want to tweak it and make it your own through fabric choices and creative design options.
Taking it from flat pattern to finished garment is a process that invigorates you. You love your machine(s)!
It’s all about detail for you. You can’t wait to finish the garment so you can get to the good stuff—handwork and embellishment!
Looking back on my introduction to sewing from my mother and grandmother, my fondest memories are of the trips to the fabric stores. I can go back to several in my head as if it were yesterday and still see the fabrics! So I’ve given away the fact that I see myself as the Collaborator type. I love the hand, the texture, the color, the surface design of fabric. I love matching fabric to pattern. As I cut the pattern, I make design choices for the finished garment—all based on what I’m learning about the fabric as I work with it. Layout and cutting the pattern is one of my favorite parts of the process of constructing a garment. I know, most people hate that part! The problem is that I construct the garment in my head as I’m working so by the time I get to my machine I feel “been there, done that” and I sometimes get bored with the actual construction!
So it’s no surprise that I ended up in the fabric business. We receive fabrics here at the warehouse everyday. My mailbox is bursting with samples and our UPS driver hauls tubes of fabric up two flights of warehouse stairs—he sometimes uses the freight elevator, but I’ll save that story for another day. I’ve started this blog so that I would have a place to talk about my passion. So often we’re cramped for space or time when we do the copywriting for our mailers or website. I hope, on this blog, to be able to bring you some of the wonderful features of the fabrics we see and tidbits of what we learn as we work with them in the warehouse. I hope you will enjoy this foray into fabric with me!