Unintentionally, of course. I was only looking for stretch twill in a very specific shade of green. Which I found. And haggled down the price, too! It’s all my daughter’s fault. If she hadn’t been so intent on finding something for yet another pair of those ridiculous utility pants, I would have promptly left the store!
From L to R: black silk chiffon, Italian wool suiting, 4-ply silk crepe, black stretch cotton sateen, silk chiffon print, knit, white poly microfibre, black embroidered silk chiffon and 3 different cuts of ivory silk peau de soie
Honestly! I would never in a million years have looked at the remnant racks. Even though a bargain is a bargain, y’know know what I’m sayin’? And there was a sign saying 50% off the already reduced prices of the fabric ends! Now, how can a savvy girl refuse that offer? And I do actually have plans for a couple of the pieces: the loden twill and black cotton sateen will be pants, the graphic knit is for my DD1 – a dress perhaps? – and the green/orange leopardy print chiffon is going to be an Alice + Olivia top for DD1.
From R to L: ice blue linen, red Italian linen, Solstiss sequin lace, shot silk taffeta, lavender silk chiffon, greeny-ivory silk charmeuse, and the fabric that started it all: dark loden stretch cotton twill
There’s actually a funny story to the linen purchases on the far right. Today was a date with a good friend and her daughter who is looking for a prom dress. My DD1 loves a store in the Fashion district called Original, and we made an appointment to look for prom dresses amongst their 5000+ stock (it includes Vivienne Westwood pieces which I photographed – bad bad bad! – and studied furiously, but more on that in another post). After wasting the staff’s time trying on dress after dress and learning about a completely fabulous designer called Byron Lars, we nailed down a prom dress idea that could easily be made for considerably less than the retail price, and so went snooping through all the fabric stores that were open. (Today being Sunday, not many are in this city!)
The second store we wandered into has the dearest proprietor that loves to haggle. He asks for it. I’ve been in his shop numerous times but never purchased anything because… well, he just never had anything I was interested in buying. Today, however, as I saunter into his domain….
Mr. Shop: Are you a sewer? Tell me what this fabric is and I’ll give you a yard for free!
Me: Yes, I sew. (having a good look and feel at the bolt he’s pointing to) You’re actually going to give me a yard for free if I tell you what this is made of?
Mr. Shop: Yes!
Me: It’s bamboo linen.
Mr. Shop is absolutely beside himself with joy that I correctly identified this fabric. I don’t think he remembers showing off this very fabric a couple of summers ago and bragging to me that bamboo can be made into any type of fabric, including linen. Ha! Anyways, after wandering through the store and not finding what we needed for the desired prom dress, he insisted on giving me the free yard of fabric. !?!? OK. But I had my dear friend choose a colour (the ice blue) because I really wasn’t interested in yet another length of linen in my stash. She originally wanted the red linen in the picture (it’s a beautiful deep blue-toned blood red), but there was less than a yard and it had a spot of dirt in the middle. I bought it anyways, because it will wash out, for $5.00. I did only want to spend $2.00, but Mr. Shop said I was unkind to want to kill him.
Anyways, all this to say… so much for stash-bustin’.