30 April 2015

Me-Made-May 2015 Pledge

I completed my challenge last year but failed at the taking of the photos every day. So this year I shall not set it as a requirement to take daily photos, but hopefully I will and I will post a weekly summary posts of my wears on May 10, 17, 24, and a final one May 31st.

I, Chrystal McKay of SeamsLikeChrystal.blogspot.ca, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavour to wear one me-made item every day for the duration of May 2015. I also challenge myself to sew two pairs of Steeplechase Leggings to wear during May.

Challenge yourself: http://sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.ca/2015/03/me-made-may15-sign-up-here.html
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27 April 2015

Fabric Finds and my Resulting Purchase Ban

I am now on a fabric ban. In the first two weeks of April I traveled to both the East and West coasts of the USA; hitting up New York City and Portland.

NYC was for Easter vacation, while Portland was for work.

Doesn't matter what coast I am on - I will purchase fabric. And as such I now have a fabric supply that will last me a year (Ok, Probably more accurately a decade at my current sewing rate of 2 garments a month but lets not think about that now eh?)

Portland Willamette River Cruise

View of NYC from the top of the Empire State Building

And as any sewer in their right mind (questionable as some of us are crazy) would do is seek out the local fabric hot spots. And lucky for me NYC is fabric famous with an entire district dedicated to fabric and sewing supply stores. And Portland is well documented thanks to our friends Colette Patterns - in their new issue of Seamworks magazine.

Now a little less talky talky a little more drooly drooly shall we?

3 Cottons from B&J Fabrics

Mood Fabrics:
Floral Neoprene ($18/yd)
Anna Sui Silk Cotton ($18/yd)
Swan Stretch Cotton poplin ($12/yd)

Spandex World:
$11/yd spandex/lycra blends

Fabric Depot - One of Portland's many wonders

Fabric Depot Hual:
Cotton&Steel Frolic in Coral ($8/yd)
Alexander Henry Nicole's the Romantics in chartreuse ($8/yd)
Art Gallery Fabrics Wandering Lands Voile
Morocco Blues Horse Stretch Cotton Poplin ($7/yd)

Fabric Depot:
Gaultier Embroidered Leather ($35/yd - Only 1 yd for a V1247 skirt!)
Not photographed: 4 different New balance Wicking Fabrics yoga pant thickness - absolutely beautifulllllllllll - in plain colours.

Jo Ann Fabrics:
Cotton Voile Floral ($8/yd)
Gertie's Cherry Cotton Poplin ($8/yd)
Gertie's Cherry Cotton Chambray ($8/yd)

And previously to my travels I went a little click happy and bought a bunch of fabrics from Fabric.com during one of their many many many sales. Lets take a looksie:

Art Gallery Cleta Bikeleidoscope Jet
Black Magic Stretch Poplin Rabbit Print Black/Snow White
Matisse Crepe Animals Tar Black/White

Art Gallery Indian Summer Menagerie Onyx
Bloom Stretch Cotton Sateen Flourish White/Blue
Stretch Poplin Floral White/Black/Yellow
Morocco Blues Stretch Poplin Nautical White/Navy

Monet Rayon Sateen Owls Fuchsia
Stretch Poplin Floral Magenta/Green/White

Phew. So that's it. I'm banned from fabrics for the year. I have everything I could ever need......for now.

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