Deep jewel tones lava lamp viscose/lycra stretch

Looking at the photos I have taken of this one just now, all of a sudden it occurs to me that this pattern is reminiscent of the one made by a lava lamp.  Or maybe not?

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Stella McCartney summer campaign

The demands on fashion houses are so great now…many collections to design and fashion shows to present (resort and pre-fall shows now in the calendar too) and much higher expectations about the collection promos.  Now films are a big part of package.  Here is a charming video for Stella McCartney’s summer collection.

I love these dresses she did with the collage of different prints.

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More Marni

I was looking for some images of clothes with polka dots for a fabric I will be posting in a minute and came across this Marni promo video.  This whole celebrity culture thing can get a bit much…but I still like looking at the clothes!


Style crush – Lucinda Chambers

No-one can throw prints together as well as Lucinda Chambers, hailed as one of the world’s great fashion editors and stylists.  And her Vogue editorials, in the decades since Lucinda became fashion director of British Vogue…well, all of them are admired but some have been elevated to the truly iconic status.

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Roberto Cavalli green leaves silk

This fabric is the product of a hunt.  I had seen a woman looking fab in this sensational green leaves top while she was at the stop light next to me.  I could see the “Just Cavalli” signature in the fabric.  Hence the hunt began.

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I trawled the silk sections of a number of stores and asked widely.  Continue reading


Aqua liliums silk/cotton voile

I have hoarded this piece for a while; actually, I have hoarded 2 pieces of this lovely silk/cotton voile and I’m only relinquishing one of them.

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This fabric was another one from the studio of a local designer; the one with the fantastic Armani-like taste. Continue reading


Ensign stripes ahoy silk crepe de chine SOLD

GONE NOW, MANY THANKS

There’s no end of inspiration for a lovely striped fabric and the runways especially have been bursting with stripes.

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The magazine fashion editorials feature one page turn after another of stripes in all imaginable manifestations. Continue reading


Panoply of paisleys stretch viscose/lycra SOLD

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GONE NOW THANK YOU

Time for another stretch fabric, this one a bold but balanced print featuring paisley and medallion outlines on a dark blue background.

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The extraordinary world of Alexander McQueen

I’m sure that being an enfant terrible was the essence of his genius, the great genius of his fashion generation.  I’m fascinated in the stories about how he could cut the most complex patterns freestyle, direct on the dress form; a legacy, no doubt, of his Savile Row days.

Who would ever have thought that Sarah Burton could  carry on so remarkably the McQueen aesthetic: audacious, fashion as art, technically fearless, frequently menacing, disconcerting and exquisite in the same garment, always triumphant.

All the things these next backstage videos of McQueen runway shows capture in fine detail.  Click continue…

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M@rc Jac0bs flower power cotton SOLD

ALL GONE, THANK YOU

Now this fabric is a wildly popular M@rc Jac0bs daisy cotton from a few seasons back.

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Jacobs built a whole range around variations on this print but I think the grey tonal prints are among the nicest of the collection. Continue reading


When doves cry Milly silk SOLD

GONE, THANK YOU

Milly does THE best prints and this tri-colour (off-white, grey and deep navy) doves silk is right up there as one of my favourites.  I went searching for this fabric and was very happy when I found it.

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I have had a number of people ask about decent dress-lengths of good silks and this one fits that bill. Continue reading


Jewel in the crown designer silk satin SOLD

NOW GONE, THANKS

The most exceptional digital prints have emerged in the last few years hot on the heels of the works of designers like Mary Katrantzou – the absolute star of digital design – and Peter Pilotto.  I can’t attribute this fabric to a particular designer but I understand that this print is from the Italian mills.

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Indigo blue tribal graphics cotton SOLD

NOW SOLD, THANKS

Rolling along here, now giving a crisp cotton tribal print an outing.

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Celeste blue on cream silk/cotton SOLD

GONE, THANKS

This lovely fabric ticks all the boxes – a real quality fabric, singing colours that will take the Australian light beautifully, super-easy easy to handle and sew…

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Designer digital print double silk georgette SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

Ok, finally, here is the very gorgeous H@ute Hippie silk georgette I popped up on my fabric Facebook page a few weeks back.

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Rubik’s cube silk/lycra charmeuse SOLD

FABRIC IS GONE, THANKS

I have many, many pieces of lovely silk in just the right length for floaty tops or perky blouses.  This silk fits both the fun and classic mould at the same time.

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Blue blooms on pale pewter Armani silk SOLD

GONE, THANK YOU

If I am fanatical about the fabrics of any one designer in particular, it would have to be Giorgio Armani.  He sources only the best wools, the best silks, the best blends such as linen/viscose mixes.  And true to form, this silk is just stunning…

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The design is just a dream and the silk is so, so beautiful. Continue reading


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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This one is a viscose/wool blend fabric.  Continue reading


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.  Continue reading


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

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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…

There’s more…

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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. Continue reading


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.  Continue reading


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. Continue reading


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.  Continue reading


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. Continue reading


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. Continue reading


Liberty Art fabric Widdas Waltz

Liberty Art fabric with the name Widdas Waltz…

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The making of Chanel haute couture

Gasp…

 


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! Continue reading