Monthly Archives: November 2014

Lovely new Missoni SOLD

GONE NOW, MANY THANKS

There’s always something a bit uplifting about running your eyes over a Missoni fabric I think.  The colours are so happy and joyous and singing together in harmony.  And even those who may prefer the most monotone palettes will still be pleased with Missoni colours.

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Demi-Couture Part 2 – Prada

I debated whether I should title this post part 2 in the demi-couture series (such as it is…which is coming along slowly!) or if I should kick off a new ‘embellishment’ theme.

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Demi-couture would normally be understood to involve a lot of handiwork in the garment construction, not just the embellishment of the final piece.  (more…)


Grey with black etched ellipses silk SOLD

GONE NOW, MANY THANKS

Just because I am offering up a lot of fabrics it doesn’t mean that I don’t love them.  This is one of the very loved one – it is a superb quality silk, the print design is perfect, classic but modern, the colours are versatile.  It is a great piece.

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Brilliant designer wool/silk gazar SOLD

GONE NOW, THANKS VERY MUCH

There is a story to this fabric, and a few people can probably tell the same tale. IMG_5411 (more…)


Dries Van Noten

The fabric just posted made me think of Dries Van Noten.  He loves these dense and rich textures and has come up with some exquisite fabrics and designs over the years.

 


The making of a Vogue editorial…

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Black & white graphics cotton Sold

ALL SPOKEN FOR NOW, THANK YOU.

Now for a classic black and white fabric with an nice modern and clean graphic.

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This is a medium/suiting weight fabric.  The bonus is that it is completely reversible, with the black emphasis on one side and white on the other. (more…)


Pinwheel flowers designer silk charmeuse GONE

SOLD NOW THANKS

This gorgeous silk is a M@rc J@cobs fabric.

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Flowers on fire hammered silk panel SOLD

GONE NOW THANK YOU

This is an amazing fabric.  First, it is a hammered silk, and you don’t see this type of silk often at all.

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Second, it is superb quality.  The weight and drape is sublime.  Third, the print itself is gorgeously intense with shades of deep cobalt, fire engine red and poinsettia submerged in shadows.

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Jersey Shore designer silk SOLD

This fabric is something really very special.  In fact I can’t recall seeing a fabric quite like this before.

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Classic white with black thread silk suiting SOLD

GONE THANKS

I listed half of this fabric before, kept half back, but honestly, I am not sewing at all so this piece will surely have a better home than mine.  It has been a while since I have made a Ch@nel-type jacket, but this fabric is just calling out to become one now.  And it must have fringing.

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The basic weave here is a rough-hewn effect black and white threaded weave and warp.  Over the top, thicker off-white threads have been woven through.  The effect is to make the fabric lighter rather than darker but still maintaining the classic black and white thing.  (more…)


Milly spirograph daisies suede silk/lycra SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

Ok, I really love this Milly print.  I spotted it sitting high up on the top row of a wall full of fabrics in a tiny NYC garment district shop.  Couldn’t touch it, couldn’t even see closely, but something about it called out to me.

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When they finally got the bolt down for me, I swooned.

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Millefiori silk crepe de chine SOLD

GONE, MANY THANKS

There is such an enchanting level of detail in this lovely little silk and I’m absolutely positive the print was inspired by millefiori glass work.

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Milly orange & white graphic silk cotton voile SOLD

GONE THANKS

I’ve made a point of collecting Milly fabrics where I can.  The prints are always engaging, the quality is fantastic, and if you can located the original garment then there’s good inspiration for your own ideas.

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Black, white and grey cross-hatch stretch cotton SOLD

GONE, THANK YOU

This classic colour scheme of white, black and grey is made modern by the irregular cross-hatch pattern, looking like a graphic urban landscape.

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Chl0e black & cream stripes cotton SOLD

ALL GONE NOW, MANY THANKS

My last piece on offer now.

Well, I’ve just set the scene for Chl0e in the post underneath this one (now further down in this blog).  This particular cotton is from one of Chl0e’s best collections and made runway appearances as these dresses and tops.

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Artisans making an Hermès silk scarf


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Big bright butterflies Roberto C@valli silk GONE NOW

The time has come, finally, to relinquish this Roberto C@valli silk beauty that has had a prized place in my fabric stash for quite a while now.

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Nothing I say, and none of the images, will be adequate enough to really communicate how stunning this fabric is.  I can but try. (more…)


Designer botanical gardens cotton SOLD

GONE, THANKS

You could learn a lot about botany examining this lovely cotton. So many lovely blooms tumble around in a free-fall of flowers.

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Missoni – blue blend wool SOLD

GONE THANKS

The cooler seasons will be upon us before we know and I for one can’t be happier as I am a true winter lover.  I have a very big stash, full stop, and it includes a fair share of woollens and cooler weather fabrics.  I do need to cull some, and my Missoni fabrics are amongst them.

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Navy & indigo silk crepe de chine SOLD

I’ve looked and looked at this silk and still remain entirely unsure whether I should describe the pattern as a woodgrain or marbled effect.  Maybe it can be both…

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Milly spider mums silk charmeuse SOLD

NOW GONE, THANK YOU

This was a Milly favourite from a few years back, a fabulous silk that sort of suggests an oriental influence with the print pattern, hence the spider mums reference, but that could be just a rorchach test thing going on.

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Chinese new year fireworks silk crepe de chine SOLD

GONE NOW, THANKS

Moving quite a few more silks along now, including this very excellent silk crepe de chine.

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Phoebe Philo…before there was Celine there was Chloe…

Phoebe Philo is well and truly anointed as queen of cool for the work she has done at Celine.  Innovative silhouettes, high restraint, opting for less rather than more, though never ‘simple’, luxury fabrics, surprising twists, healthy doses of irony in the clothes…cool, cool, cool.

But before there was Celine, quite few years back, there was Chloe.  It is quite a mark of her design prowess to be able to master aesthetics at such different points on the spectrum as Celine and Chloe represent.  At its height and throughout many seasons, Chloe was the epitome of the feminine romantic.  And the whole world was in love with what Phoebe sent down the runway.  Especially this jacket…

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Foil & foliage silk/lycra SOLD

This is a New York designer fabric, not sure which designer though.  It is a substantial silk/lycra fabric.

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The fabric is fluid and completely malleable.  It has the texture of a crepe de chine, but it is much closer to a 4ply weight silk, though it falls just a little bit short of that classification.  It is a really top quality silk; just wonderful.

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Ikat/crosshatch blue & white cotton stretch GONE

GONE THANKS

When I look closely at this fabric it appears to be a cross-hatch print.  When I look from a distance it seems to have strong Ikat characteristics.  I think it is a combination of both of these graphics.

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Blue crosshatch silk twill GONE

PENDING, MANY THANKS

I admit I am really drawn to crosshatch prints (and there is another crosshatch type fabric I am also posting with this lot), especially if there is something a little bit different about them, as with this print where the crosshatch has become all swirling.

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Th@koon 4ply silk crepe yellow paisley catwalk fabric SOLD

AND IT IS NOW GONE, THANK YOU!

Ok, so this one is special.  It will probably go very quickly, if the interest expressed behind the scenes is any indication, but it is worthy of a longer post.

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First, it was a big-time catwalk design for Th@koon from a couple of summer seasons ago.  (more…)


Tokyo gardens silk charmeuse SOLD

GONE, THANKS

Now that I’m looking at this silk it really presents as a sampler of symbols and motifs from traditional Japanese textiles, especially kimonos and haori, but presented in a completely modern way.

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The Mums are one of the most dominant features in Japanese designs and they are exploding all over this fabric, but you also see the bamboo leaves, the background hexagons and may other traditional symbols. (more…)


Big green embroidered blooms silk SOLD

GONE NOW, THANKS

A profusion of embroidered green blooms adorns this high-quality dupion silk. IMG_4803 This fabric was an exclusive fabric from one of the mills that used to produce some of the best embroidered textiles out of Rajasthan. (more…)


Liberty Art fabric Widdas Waltz

Liberty Art fabric with the name Widdas Waltz…

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The making of Chanel haute couture

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Designer cotton/lycra cream leaf brocade SOLD

GONE, THANK YOU

I’m not going to be sewing again for years I think, and I’m facing up to it. If I wasn’t, there’s no way I’d be putting out this stunning J Crew brocade-come-matelassé stunner.

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Purple pixelated silk crepe de chine SOLD

GONE NOW, THANK YOU

For those who may be looking for a dress length of great quality silk this might be for you.

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Interlude – this is surely the dress of the year…

This is a dress of magnificence by Valentino and has now made more appearances in the recent magazine editorials than any other dress this season I think.

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Moschino neon flowers silk crepe de chine remnant SOLD

GONE, THANK YOU

Moschino designed the right garments for this sunny silk – lovely, swishy caftans.

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Unfortunately there is only a remnant here, but it is still a sunny silk, no matter it’s a small piece! (more…)


Soft pastel flowers silk crepe de chine SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

I look at this fabric and it makes me think of impressionist paintings.  The basic palette is one of soft blues, pink and cream, but the soft mushroom outline adds a nice edge and stops the fabric from being too sweet, if that makes sense.

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NY designer white and green chrysanthamums silk SOLD

THIS FABRIC IS NOW SOLD, MANY THANKS

In Phi!!ip L!m’s hands this captivating silk became stunning, embellished skater dresses that were snapped up at lightening speed.

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I was very lucky to get this piece.  It arrived the afternoon I visited a particular garment city shop.  There was only this one length, and I understand that was all that ended coming out of the studio. (more…)


Save the Queen SOLD

NOW GONE – MANY THANKS

Bold fabrics seem to be a theme this evening.  Some will know about Save the Queen; others, here is your introduction.

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Save the Queen is a brand that was an early adopter of digital and montage prints.  They have assembled some incredible montage fabrics for their garments over the years…more crazy creative stuff. (more…)


Miuccia and the grommets

Before Proenza Schouler did their fantastic thing with the grommets (see the post underneath this one) they probably went back over the archives and checked out how Miuccia Prada incorporated them into garments.

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No doubt others have embellished with the grommets before, but did anyone make them such a design feature as this? (more…)


Oscar de la Renta

A glimpse into the studio of Oscar de la Renta, filmed a few years ago.


Deconstructed plaid designer viscose/lycra stretch SOLD

GONE NOW, THANKS

…keeping the stretch fabrics coming along here…  They are so quick to make up, so versatile to have.  I’m not sure about you, but I’ve struggled to find good quality, good fibre (non-poly), good design and reasonably priced stretch fabrics here in Australia, so I have bought up over the years.

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Fiori field Japanese cotton SOLD

GONE, MANY THANKS

Continuing with the light cottons for a moment, this is a Japanese cotton, and they are always fabulous quality, with delicate flowers teeming all over the surface.  Actually, it is apt that this is a Japanese fabric.  The great Japanese designer Sacai used a cotton very, very similar to this is her most recent summer collection, which is just now hitting the stores.

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I bet you haven’t seen a floral cotton made up like this before – a mish-mash trimmed with army green.  Sacai makes it work!

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DIOR COUTURE

Just sharing some exquisite images of the Dior Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2104 Couture collection.  These gorgeous images were taken by Sophie Carre.

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Paintball silk crepe de chine SOLD

GONE, THANK YOU

Take one quick flick through the latest fashion mags and gorgeous prints are everywhere.

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This silk is the best of both worlds…a versatile black background with splashes of colour, as if you’ve walked out of an artist’s studio…or a paintball game? (more…)


Bloomsbury stretch cotton SOLD

GONE, THANKS

Here is a length of stretch cotton in a sophisticated palette of deep wines and army green, punctuated by splashes of magenta, cream and lime.  It’s a print for print lovers…and those who may not normally be drawn to prints…

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Touch of whimsy red & white cotton voile SOLD

GONE NOW, MANY THANKS

Red and white small motif prints are so happy and cheery I think.

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This one is a very good quality cotton voile from the NYC garment district. (more…)


Scroll embossed black stretch fabric

I have a piece of a really special knit.  It approaches but is not quite the weight of a ponte but certainly in the medium weight group, and has a moderate stretch to it, just the perfect amount.

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The embossed pattern and scroll effect is the really eye-catching aspect of this fabric though. (more…)


Designer cosmos silk

GONE NOW THANKS

Here is a Phillip L!m silk and this is a new type of silk for me too.

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Apart from the great good luck to have visited the NYC garment district many times, one advantage is to be exposed to so many different fabrics types that you ordinarily don’t encounter in the stores.  It makes me realise that I have to expand my fabric knowledge when I have no idea what to name the types of silk.

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Moroccan medallion graphics cotton voile SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

This looks like a Moroccan inspired print to me, with the large scale motifs overlapping each other creating a lace effect.

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The fabric is a cotton voile, possibly there is a bit of silk in it, maybe 10 or 20%, but I am not sure.

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Indigo/white Ikat stretch cotton – Marant anyone? SOLD

SOLD, THANKS VERY MUCH

This is not a Marant fabric but the instant I saw it I thought of Isabel Marant and her iconic jeans…low rise, cuffed above the ankle, graphic prints, the coolest jeans on the planet.

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This fabric is a medium weight cotton stretch and it is made to be turned into jeans/pants.

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Gucci – a fabric with a provenance story to tell SOLD

THIS FABRIC IS NOW SOLD – MANY THANKS

Some 10 years ago Tom Ford dominated the fashion world, at his apex when he was the creative director of both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.  Every now and then he would produce an absolutely iconic work.  A garment for the Gucci 2013 SS collection from which this fabric eventually derived was one of them.

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Demi-couture part 1 – Bottega Veneta

Time for a moment’s diversion from fabric posting.  I admit to a fascination with the fine details of fabric craftsmanship and have tried here and there to bring a few elements to my own sewing, with varying success.  But I always like to admire the work of others.

Bottega Veneta epitomises the demi-couture approach.

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