I have a habit I would like to grow out of: I’m intimidated by gorgeous fabrics. I get this little voice in my head telling me that I HAVE to pull out all the special techniques and gadgets and make something extraordinary out of it.
I suppose my initial feeling is that anyhing less would be an offense to the fabric. Result: Lots of nice fabric piling up in my sewing corner, while only the plain ones get sewn into actual garments.
I know, ridiculous. Should simple garments only be made from plain fabric? Of course not. Are some of my favorite clothes utterly simple in their construction, but wonderful by virtue of the exquisite fabric they were made from? Yes – many of them, actually. Why am I saying all this?
Because I stumbled upon this beautiful black and white Missoni fabric the other day. It’s a thick 100% wool woven boucle.
“Ooooh, wool! Warm, soft, beautiful wool. With just a hint of metallic! And look at that pattern. Not to plain, not too loud. It would make the perfect Chanelesque boucle jacket! Yes! Finally, an excuse to buy the Vogue 8804 pattern by Claire Schaeffer. Time to master couture sewing techniques! Come fall, I will waltz around Copenhagen in my perfect little boucle jacket”.
Haha. Am I the only one who lulls herself into these fantasies when fabric shopping?
Of course it didn’t help that it was marked down 50% to 100DKK/m (~$17). Nor that it was a whopping 1,5 meters wide, yum, more room to play! Or that 100% wool boucle fabrics are getting extremely hard to find here.
But deep down I knew I would not take on the Vogue 8804 anytime soon. I knew that if I bought a jacket’s worth of this fabric, it would end up in a box, waiting for me to gain confidence in taking on such a huge project. That could take years. If I ever get there – I’m not even sure I am couture seamstress material.
I did contemplate just leaving the store empty-handed. But this fabric was just too nice to pass up. Instead I bought just 60 cm of it (~0.6 yards). And left the store determined to silence the little voice in my head that claims that couture fabric demands couture projects and techniques. They most certainly do not. I made a scarf. That’s right, a rectangle of fabric to wear around my neck.
And I love it!