Back in early September

First can I say thank you to each and every person who visits here and support my occasional little fabric venture.  You are all just so wonderful to deal with and I feel very lucky to have you all in my fabric orbit xx

I will be out of action now for 5 weeks, returning early September for just a couple of weeks and then I will be off again.  It will be like this until the end of the year.  I will try to have another burst of fabric listings in the next period at home as I still have a serious amount of fabric downsizing to do.  So please keep an eye for those couple of weeks in September.

In the meantime, I will not be on the site at all and can’t pick up any emails sent to me using the email link provided here.  If you have a query, please do email me, but please note I won’t be able to answer your mail until I return.

Thanks everyone!


M!lly silk twill – from Rococo to Baroque

The M!lly designers certainly do a great job of mining classic design styles but giving them a twist to bring them completely up-to-date.

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This silk twill epitomises that I think with its modern colouration and bold rendition of the graphics.

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Rococo string of pearls M!lly silk crepe de chine SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

Perhaps some of you may share the M!lly fabric infatuation that I’ve had?  This one is a charm too.

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This print is full of the whimsy that I love so much…

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Stencilled flower red wool cotton SOLD

GONE THANKS

I am not going to be able to tell you as much about this fabric as I would like to be able to and for that reason will mark down the price a bit. I am sure there a name for the technique used in created the interesting effect on the fabric face.

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It seems to me that a process has been used to fuse a felted-like layer over a base fabric in this stencilled flower effect.

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Designer duchess silk satin – black with embroidered flowers

I had fantasies for this fabric, absolutely harboured it…and with the delicate white and yellow centred embroidered daisies strewn across the fabric face, I knew that I would choose some white and yellow contrast silks and work them all into some lovely dress crafted from this great, great fabric.

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I’m not even sure that it is possible to wander into a store and hope to see a designer duchess satin anymore?

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Italian tweed/bouclé wool woven in complex purples & blacks SOLD

GONE THANKS

Bouclé and tweedy woollens are amongst my most favourite fabrics in the whole wide world.  An in my ideal world, I would have the time and fancy to sit down and pad-stitch and steam shape top quality woollens to my heart’s content.

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In real life, the woollen is a little less violet than in this image, a softer, deeper colour.  But this image is good to show the depth and complexity of the weave and amazing woollen threads that have been brought together here.

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Truly elegant grey & black double crepe de chine silk SOLD

GONE NOW THANK YOU

I bought this beautiful and very high-quality silk…

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…with a dedicated project in mind…

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Japanese embroidered kimono silk roll SOLD

GONE THANKS

Here’s something a bit different.  Are there any lovers of vintage Japanese kimono silks out there?

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If you are not familiar with the world of the kimono silks here’s another fabric avenue to become infatuated with :))

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Italian designer deep crimson roses wool woven SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

Now I know none of my images will be able to capture the full beauty of this stunning wool woven.  Trust me, it is swoon-worthy.

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This image captures the tone and colours of the fabric as much as my camera will permit.  The actual colours are deeper and moodier and even closer in the tonal range than depicted here as my camera just loves to pick up the reds and highlight them.  I don’t know how to adjust that!

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Silk/lycra georgette with swirling aqua & blue graphics SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

No surprises that I have a fondness for lovely little silks and here’s another one.  Again, it’s a silk georgette/lycra straight from the garment district in the city that never sleeps.

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M!lly noughts and crosses Italian wool woven

You see so many silks on this page but I’ve hardly had a chance to showcase my love of woollen fabric.  And it’s a lot of love!  This designer wool woven from the Italian mills is an example.

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This weave in undeniably modern, combining as it does some traditional tweed weaves and then the polka dot weave in this colour-reversing noughts and crosses composition.

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Silk for afternoon tea at Miss Havishams SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

Hmmm, what is that with the title…maybe this is the by-product of doing a lot of listings in a very short time.  But I look at this beautiful silk and I see the antique, fading and slightly shabby looking paisley print and imagine afternoon tea at Miss Havisham’s dilapidated mansion.

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Designer flowers silk/lycra georgette SOLD

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Softer shades of maize, sand, nutmeg, willow green and lagoon blue blend beautifully in this silk georgette.

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They are actually very Australian colours, even though I snapped up this lovely fabric in the NYC garment district.

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Blue Persian tile linen SOLD

GONE NOW THANK YOU

I think this linen is very ‘Marant”, at least I had an idea of taking inspiration from this great designer’s jackets and pants when I contemplated this fabric.

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Multi coloured polka dot designer winter wool GONE

ALL GONE NOW THANKS

Oh what fun this fabric is!  This fabric is how you make sullen winter days a whole lot brighter…

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Designer silk charmeuse in washed out limes GONE

GONE NOW THANKS

Here is a remnant piece of a glorious Ver@ W@ng silk charmeuse.

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This silk is an Italian beauty.

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Stunning graphic cotton Anthr0polgie

This fabric is a big wowee.  The colours are so brilliant and the graphics are fascinating.

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Obviously this one is for lovers of prints, but if that’s you, the timing couldn’t be better because there’s simply fabulous ideas for eye-catching prints out there.
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Edgy black/grey Italian jacquard weave plaid wool blend SOLD

ALL GONE NOW THANKS

Ok, the fact that I am listing this fabric means that I am now just reaching for the first fabrics that come to my hand, even if I adore them, rather than sorting into ‘I can part with/I can’t part with’ lots.

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This is a designer fabric with a capital “D”, sourced from a sample room of a top NYC designer.

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Bargain corner – fabrics up to $20 or more now all for $8/m

Ok, here we go with a pile of fabrics that are all worthy of their own feature posts, but I’m running short of time and I’m happy to mark them down for a bargain price in the interests of keeping the fabric moving now.  There’s a very big bundle of fabrics here now, please read on!

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French designer black and white abstract evening fabric SOLD

GONE NOW THANK YOU

I do actually have some dressier fabrics I want to list but I’ve struggled to get to them.  This one is as good as any to start with.  Actually, it is stupendous!

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Why is that?  It is a couture-worthy fabric from one of the top French design houses.  I have lovingly stored this fabric for at least 20 years now I think, so it qualifies as a true vintage in fabric terms (not human terms!).

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Black and white Ikat-style designer silk/cotton SOLD

THIS FABRIC IS GONE NOW THANKS

Ikat prints have an enduring popularity and when they are the combination of classic but edgy like this print on offer, even better.

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Stunning Italian wool boucle SOLD

GONE NOW THANK YOU

I bought this length of brilliant tweed boucle wool in Florence quite a few years ago.  It has been lovingly packed away in tissue and wrapped up carefully, but now the time has come to see if someone else might like to give it a home.

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Delicately crinkled avocado & flowers cotton

It might be winter but the warmer months will be upon us again in no time so there is time to ponder what to make with this most perfect of fabrics.

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I have hoarded this one for years, always imagining a loose and floaty top taking strong inspiration from the wonderful things that Easton Pears0n confect into life.  But there is plenty of yardage for other things too.

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Paint chip card cotton/silk voile SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

Now a fabric for lovers of cool tones…

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Little French jacket anyone? SOLD

GONE

This fabric – the one on the left in this image –  is a lovely woollen blend fabric from the studio of my favourite local designer who is sadly now winding down her business.

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Readers of this website will know that I have picked up some really beautiful fabrics from this studio.  In fact, I understand some shopping may have been done today at one of her very last fabric sales.  Good thing I didn’t know about it.  I might have shopped for more fabric for the sake of nostalgia.  Go figure.

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Blue Bayou silk charmeuse with touch of lycra SOLD

GONE THANKS

This lovely silk is a painterly study in blues, from the deep indigo of the foliage and trees at the bottom of the panel to the powder blue of the distant sky and then back to deeper blues of the canopy.

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Missoni wool SOLD

FABRIC IS GONE NOW THANKS

A billion $ fashion house built on a chevron pattern, that’s the genius of Miss0ni.  They have absolutely made the chevron pattern their own and all other designers who use the chevron are mere pretenders.

In this piece, the chevron is a small-scale one.  And how’s this exquisite colourway?!

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They honestly blend colours like few others.  If you are a knitter, you might know the Noro yarns and that colour mastery.  Miss0ni and Noro are counterparts I think.

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Ebony and ivory flowers silk lycra SOLD

GONE THANKS

Silk perfection, that’s the only way to describe this piece…

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The perfect weight and drape, the perfect length and a great print and price…

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I’m back – but not for long!

First there was this…then there was that…Well, it was an internet crash that required me to establish a new connection, and I was offline while that took weeks.  Then I have had extensive work travel and you don’t need to know about the food poisoning.

Late next week I head off on another work trip for 6 weeks and I will try to have a big push on fabrics before then. This will be my work/travel routine for a while, and honestly, I can’t see fabrics in my future much at all now, so there will be heaps up for grabs.  I just won’t have the time to do lots of inspiration images etc with the fabric listings, but there will be great fabric shots!

In the meantime, I have marked down the prices of some fabrics.  Please keep scrolling right down past the non-fabric posts too as some fabric listings are a bit buried now.


Fleur-de-lys designer cotton **PRICE DROP**

Thinking of making some really cool trousers, shorts (Bermuda or otherwise), a fitted dress, a sculptured skirt with lots of top-stitching or a sharp and perfectly tailored jacket…all or any of them?  Well, this fabric from designer T0ry Burch is for you.

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M@rc Jacobs flowers on white stretch cotton SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

Bumping this fabric up again — a gorgeous M@rc J fabric at a bargain price! Such a pretty fabric, a bit hippie…neat rows of serrated edge flowers in saturated blues, purples and pinks.

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Karl Largefeld talks the latest Chanel collection…

And here’s behind the scenes…


Making the Burberry trench coat

Sorry for the lack of posts the last 10 days, but I’m now getting into gear again and will be posting later today and over the next few days.

In the meantime, give me the industrial iron over the coat any day!

 


More Marni love


Want to know how those fashion sneakers are made?


Tropical punch silk **PRICE DROP** **PENDING**

PENDING NOW THANKS

Vibrant colours with pretty motifs makes for a happy print.

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Vogue: The Editors Eye

Just stumbled on this documentary from 2012; didn’t know you could find it online.  If you love your fashion and haven’t seen this doco it is worth setting aside the hour to watch.


73 questions series…

Some Sunday frippery…


Liberty Art fabrics **PRICE DROP**

All remaining Liberty Art fabrics now $25 a metre

I’m clearing my Liberty Art fabrics…at just $30 a metre.  Liberty lovers will know that the regular price in Australia starts at $45+ and can go as high as $60+.  I’m listing them all in this one post, so dive in and have a look.

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Paraiba blue quartz digital print silk charmeuse **PRICE DROP**

Now this is special.  One for lovers of digital prints.

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Liberty art fabrics

Heads-up…I’m going to be listing a lot of Liberty Art fabrics, hopefully this Friday.  I’ll price them at around $30 a metre I think and I have 10+ to put up.  Until they go up, here’s another great video featuring the design work of the Liberty Art print team.

 


Soft burnished gold silk organza SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

Now here is an understated beauty of a silk, perfect if you want something a little bit dressier or ‘special occasion’ but want to keep things not too formal.

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The making of a Dior couture dress

Another wonderful Dior film.  The work behind some of these clothes is extraordinary.

 


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I love fashion docos, especially the one that go behind the scenes of the couture workrooms.  The advance reviews of ‘Dior and I’ rave about it.  Out soon.


Soft animal print cotton **PRICE DROP**

If you’d like to do an animal print but in a softer palette this fabric is the go.

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Leaning towers stunning stretch **PRICE DROP**

Sigh.  Yes, another dearly hoarded piece up on offer.  How cool is this one…

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Soft blue linen cotton SOLD

GONE THANKS

Now for a simple classic fabric – fabulous quality linen/cotton in sandwashed powder blue colour.

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Ah Chanel…

I’m transfixed watching these videos showing the haute couture sewing techniques…this one from the house of Chanel for the Spring-Summer 2015 collection from just a short time ago.

The video on the fittings for this haute couture show and the show itself follow here…

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Miu meets Sui **PRICE DROP**

Thinking of tapping into the paisley-inspired prints dominating the catwalks and stores?  This Anna Sui silk ticks all the boxes…

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Ratti in Northern Italy

Ever wondered what the best Italian fabric mills look like?  J Crew took a trip…


Cheetah print silk/lycra charmeuse **PRICE DROP**

It’s a designer one, from M!lly.

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Animal prints can be as bold or understated as you wish.  With this silk piece, I envisaged a classic shirt or simple top to be worn underneath a black jacket, or more casually, a cardigan.

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Modern basketweave viscose/lycra

This is a really modern print, one that you can turn into an urban edgy look, or keep simple for a classic monotone that you can wear with just about everything because of the versatile black and white colours.

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Anatomy of a Chloe jacket

Some of you will know that it has been a very up and down couple of months here, but one of the “ups”…and it is a very big “up”…was a dear friend returning from rummages through designer recycle stores in the US with this amazing Chloe jacket just for me.

I gasped!  I’m afraid true designer pieces are not in my budget (well, maybe if I hadn’t spent so much money on fabric), especially iconic jackets like this one.

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This jacket is from a Phoebe Philo collection for Chloe.  She produced fantastic, really imaginative garments and truly embraced the demi-couture idea I think.  (I showed another Chloe jacket from this collection earlier in the blog too).  A close-up examination of this jacket will show you just why that description is so apt…and designer prices can sometimes be appreciated! Continue reading


Jewel tones super-soft silk SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

This fabric is seriously the softest silk I have ever come across in my lifetime of scouring for fabrics.  I have no idea how such soft silk came to be and why I haven’t seen more of it.  I’d love to know the provenance of this piece, that’s for sure.

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Now on instagram!

I’m taking some photos of fabrics as I go along and posting to instagram now.  If you want to follow, just click the insta icon/link on the right sidebar.  Also, for those who don’t know, I also provide updates on my Facebook page, link also at the right sidebar.