Thursday, February 25, 2010

Fis for Fabric.......


Good Evening Miss Matlock, I know I am late For class again. Please Forgive me, I have been running around like a Fowl with its Foot cut off because I ran aFoul of the Flu and am behind in everything...I wanted to bring you an apple, but I am out so I brought you a Fresh Fig instead...I hope you are Famished....
So F" is for Fabric and it is Alphabe Thursday once again.....
I decided on Fabric because I love it. Not just quilting cottons either...I think Fabric runs in my Family's blood. Both my Great Grandmother and Grandmother on my maternal side were seamstress's. My Great Grandmother actually worked for Coco Chanel in France as a "go to" girl...she also dabbled in millinery work.. My grandmother was a 40's fashionista before there was such a word. In every picture I have of her, she is dressed to the 9's....I have several beautiful pieces of both of their clothing done in wools....They both also were Fabric hoarders, imagine that! I remember in 3rd grade reading in my weekly reader (anyone remember them) about the advent of the new wonder fabrics, polyester, nylon and rayon.....It is hard now to imagine polyester suits but I really have seen them worn. REALLY. I have three Favorite Fabrics that I think are really Fantastic...
The First one is Dupioni silk.....I love this stuff...it has a lot of body so unless you are thin, (not F is for Fat) I think the boxiness can add weight. So many beautiful colors!


I love it for duvet covers, to make pillows with or to make handbags....it shimmers in different colors and I like the hardiness of it.
My second Favorite Fabric is cotton Batiste.....I love the Fine, sheerness and softness of it...Think heirloom nightgowns and Christening gowns....so pretty and Feminine.

In the day they made a lot of Trosseau items out of Batiste...
My third Favorite Fabric is Charmeuse.....I am not talented enough to sew with it but I sure love the look and feel. It is slinky and soft and has the most beautiful hang in a dress...It also shows every sewing flaw and grows feet and moves all over while you are sewing. I have made scarfs by using a serger and a lettuce or rolled edge and that is the closest I will come to it unless I buy something made.




Thank you Miss Matlock for another wonderful Thursday class and I would love to hear about my classmates Favorite Fabrics...Do you have any?

17 comments:

Barb said...

I will have to give your question some thought...don't really know if I have a favorite fabric...

mub said...

I don't know if I have a favorite, but everytime I see a great colored boucle I start thinking that I need to make a rather smart skirt and jacket out of it. Someday I might just follow through with that *L*

mub said...

P.S. I'm curious about using dupioni silk as a duvet cover... does it wash well?

Colleen said...

Cute post...and if you remember, I Found a Fowl Foot not too long ago..Yours?? LOL

Amanda said...

I love fabric, too! When it comes to Favorite Fabrics, I'm Fickle!

GardenofDaisies said...

How about **Glitterdot**!! Well, for several years I was always on the hunt for it, to get costumes made for dancing daughter.

Jo said...

I love dupioni silk ... i have a love hate relationship with linen, but my all time fave is cotton ... weird eh?

Jody said...

Cute post!! My Favorite Fabric has got to be cotton for quilting-also love dupioni silk. Did you see Becca's silk quilt? It's Fabulous!

Jenny said...

What a F un and F abulous F post!

I'm embarrassed to say that my favorite fabric is pinwale corduroy.

I love it.

And it is weirdly sentimental to me.

A+

And extra credit for the F ig!

Pat said...

Funny....some of my favorite fabrics for their LOOK are also my least favorite for trying to sew with them! LOL

Catherine said...

I love fabric, fun post!

Jenxo said...

What a Fabulous post , i'm a Fabric hoarder too,i love Furnishing Fabrics cos they have such great texture great to make bags out of...My other Fave at the moment is organza type Fabrics, great for atcs and embellishing. My grandmother was a millener and worked in factory that made hats. She used to take home the scraps and make patchwork racing caps for when she went out in her boyfriends racy cars!! lol my racy nana, she was still trendy and well preserved at 92!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You and your commenters are too funny, Melinda. This post had me laughing. I love dupioni silk. I've seen it in the fabric store and love the feel and sheen. But that's as far as I've gotten.

I'm a cotton/muslin kind of gal. If I can't dye it or overdye it, I really have no interest in it. And I only occasionally sew the material I dye, preferring to tear it and turn it into art quiltlets. I know you're shaking your head right now, but we all have our crosses to bear (grin).

Micki said...

I lvoe dupioni silk...You can get it in so many beautiful colours.
Micki

Patti said...

I've always wondered why I looked a bit chubbier in my red silk blouse, now I know why. Needless to say, that one doesn't come out too much-- thanks!

Patti said...

I've always wondered why I looked a bit chubbier in my red silk blouse, now I know why. Needless to say, that one doesn't come out too much-- thanks!

Laurie said...

You crack me up!