Tuesday, 21 June 2011

When in doubt...

"When in doubt, wear red".  ~Bill Blass

While shopping in the home decor department at Fabricland I was drawn to a bolt of Liz Claiborne fabric but I wasn't thinking home decor. The fabric felt fabulous as I held it between my fingers, 100% cotton that had my imagination running wild. 

The curious woman, shopping in the same aisle, was taken aback when I revealed my plans.

"Maybe a jacket?" I replied.    

"Don't!" she said, "I know fashion and you don't want to wear a loud print like that!"

"Don't hold back", I thought momentarily to myself. But I was too busy seeing red, the fanciful red print that popped from the white background, to let her comments become an annoyance.   

For a moment, she had me doubting where my imagination was taking me. Just for a moment before the fabric made it to the cutting table. I asked the salesperson her opinion.

"Beautiful!", she replied.  

I don't know what I was thinking asking. Of course she would encourage the purchase. She's a salesperson. 

I don't regret my decision to purchase a couple of metres of fabric. Despite being on sale for $5.00/m, how could I resist?  

I did, however, change my mind on what it will become. Now I'm thinking a skirt, something retro, 1940's, slightly flared, maybe cut on the bias? I have a few options to choose from. The one thing that I am sure about is that I glad I picked up the fabric.  

I also found a linen/cotton blend for a hat that has been in the back of my mind for a couple of weeks.  It is in a deep red colour. I'm just sorting through my pattern options.  It is coming down to the vintage Vogue pattern (circa 1958) or the McCall's (circa 1995).  

I might have some doubt on the pattern I should choose, but there is no doubt about wearing red!  


  1. I'm so glad you didn't hold back on that fabric - it's gorgeous. I always think that if a fabric is calling to you, then you should trust your instincts. Personally I think red is a fabulous colour to wear. I think that it would make a wonderful 1940's style skirt.

  2. Thanks Eugenia,

    I can't wait to sew it and see how it turns out. Right now I'm testing the pattern out before with other fabric before I cut into it. This week I should get it done.


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