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Some fabric you only meet once – if you go past it in the shop and come back one hour later it is gone forever, never to be seen again. Other fabric will follow you across the ocean and wait for years for you to buy it.
Most fabric I deal with is of the first kind, but recently I was lucky enough to discover the second.
Silk chiffon is a weakness of mine. The drape and the look of it can not be mistaken for anything else. So when I saw this fabric on sale at “Global Fabrics” in Wellington, New Zealand (on sale) I bought 2 metres of it.
With no particular project in mind, it lived happily in my stash for over 3 years. So a week ago I dug it out and decided to give it an honour of becoming something. I had an idea for a chiffon skirt – 6 gores, lots of flare from the hip down, self-lined (because of course 6 gores of french seamed silk chiffon is not fun enough as it is, I cut silk chiffon lining too).
I liked the way two layers of this fabric create two-dimensional images – some flowers are obvious, others are in the shade, appearing and disappearing as you move. And the drape, the grace! Let the silk chiffon move as it wants and it will not disappoint you.
So of course I start with cutting out my top 6 gores. Then the lining. At this point the fabric ran out. I am 60 cm short for my lining. Other fabric is not an option.
Several months ago I saw this exact fabric in “The fabric store” in Sydney as I was happily lurking, as you do. I remember thinking “wow, this fabric is really under appreciated if it is still for sale!” So I try my luck and call the store. Why yes, they do still have it. Oh, and it is 50% off.
Call it luck or fate, this chiffon skirt just had to be sewn. It made me sew it. It is beautiful and oh so fragile. Just enough femininity and transparency, just enough structure and coverage.
It shall make it’s debut appearance on sewing bloggers’ meeting on 9-th of February (at Tessuti at Surry Hills at 1pm BTW, are you coming?)
Do you believe that fabric has its own agenda?