Fabric tragedies and triumphs

First, the bad part

Here’s the thing about ordering fabric online: It is a little like gambling. You can make educated guesses or go on gut feelings, but at the end of the day it’s often just a game of chance. The fabric I ordered from Denver Fabrics arrived last Friday in time for some weekend sewing. The brown pinecone themed fabric was a terrible, disappointing disaster. It was shiny, stretchy and so unbelievably slippery I couldn’t even fold it back up after taking it out of the package.

Ever the rescuer, I thought I might be able to use it if I sewed with the backside out, as it was less shiny and had a nice muted color. It did look a little inside out when you got really close, but from farther way, it seemed like I could pull it off.

I tried sewing with it, using Simplicity 2886, but the whole thing was a mess. It puckered, the needle caught the fibers, it moved around, it wouldn’t press or crease, in short: I hated it so bad. I got about halfway through the bodice construction and threw the whole damn thing in the trash. I know if I kept it I’d keep going back to it, trying to make it work, but it’s just not worth it. That fabric was from hell. If there is a bright side to all of this, I have learned that “polyester charmeuse” is even worse than it sounds.

Now the good part

The other fabric I bought, the Hawaiian print, is freakin’ amazing. Holy hell, if I didn’t know better I’d think it was actual deadstock rayon from the 40’s. The site said it’s cotton but it looks and feels so much like old school rayon I have a hard time believing it’s as simple as that. And it’s beautiful. The colors, the print, just wow.

I’m tempted to make a pake mu’u out of it just because it’s so perfect for it, but that cut is so unflattering on me I think it’d just bum me out to wear it. So I will probably make something else Hawaii-inspired, though more suited to midgety fierceness. But I’ve gotta ask, plead, beg any other seamstresses out there to make one themselves out of this fabric. Oh, and the best part, it’s on sale for $4.95 a yard!! I can’t even… Just buy some. Please. This is like a gift from little baby Jesus. Or Pelé. Little baby Pelé.


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