My excuse…

… is that there was a sale – a full-blown Member’s sale of 50% of anything in the store…. yep…. that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

I went to my local Fabricland on Friday last week to see what was available and for how much.  Well, actually, I was in there the Friday before that looking for some trenchcoating, and the clerk whispered, “There’s a 50% off member’s only sale next week: November 26, 27, and 28th.”  O, golly, said me.  Winking smile I guess I’ll just come back next week!

So I did, and here’s the new additions to my project list.

fabrics 1

On the right is a very heavy poly satin, which cost me all of $20 for the yardage to make this intriguing little number by Guy Laroche.


On the left is upholstery fabric which I’m hoping to make up into a Cavalli-inspired lynx-trimmed number.  Here’s my inspiration:

red cavalli coat fall 2010

I have to say, the minute I saw this coat, I ripped the page out of Vogue’s September 2010 issue and put it into my “inspiration” notebook.  I just loved the embroidered look with the contrasting fur.  Never mind that the “price-on-request”  couture version (you KNOW you can’t afford it if you have to ask, dahling!) in the picture is actually fully lynx-lined.  I found this smaller picture of the $5,000 RTW version, that just has the lynx trim on the collar and cuffs.

cavalli red coat 2

I’ve been keeping my eye on ebay – a great place for vintage and second-hand furs if your local thrift shop doesn’t have any.

Next on my newly-acquired project list is a taffeta shirt made of this crinkle bronze-coloured taffeta to go with an iridescent purple taffeta skirt made in pre-blogging days.  We play dress-up for Christmas at my house. Smile


Next we have a woven paisley number, which I’m thinking will do very nicely for a second go at Burda 09-2010-111.  We’ll see how the blouse sews up in a non-stretchy fabric.

fabric 2

Then, when I had paid for my purchases, I noticed this lying on a table on my way out the door.

olive sequins

Umm…. what can I say?  How could I possibly resist sequined silk chiffon?  And it’s heavy!  I only wanted 1 metre for a tank top, but then there was this pathetic little amount of 60 cm left.  So, after some haggling (!!!) I got the “leftovers” for $20.

Tell me, dear reader, do you “punish” yourself with new ideas and projects before you’ve finished the already 35,000 that are on your to-do list?  Do tell!

3 thoughts on “My excuse…

  1. Yeah, sometimes you just have to jump :). Especially with Fabricland (my theory is that they inflate all the prices 20% right off the bat, so that you’ll buy your membership…)

    I love that fur-trimmed coat! (man, I am such a sucker for the coats…)

  2. Gorgeous fabrics!

    This particular scenario happens in my world too. For disciplinary reasons, I stay away from the fabric stores till the “punishment” of new and old projects are headed enough in the right direction. This could well be a subjective issue though:).

  3. I understand you. It’s ok, you had to buy these because cheaper at the moment. The material is good investment!
    My favourite of your collection is the upholstery fabric and the Cavalli coat. I love it!


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