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


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


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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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. Continue reading


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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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? Continue reading


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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Designer cosmos silk GONE

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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Spice market silk GONE

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The colours in this silk are glorious…pomegranate, aqua, saffron, lime, persimmon, amber, on an off-white base, with dark scrolls linking the medallion patterns.

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Pink daisies viscose/lycra stretch SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

For the lovers of stretch fabrics here is another quality viscose/lycra with a pattern of charming small scale daisies.

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Off white and black threaded cotton GONE

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Here is  length of a cotton (or cotton blend? possibly with a hint of viscose in it?) from everyone’s favourite NYC fabric store.

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It has a fabulous weave, with the black threads woven through to form patterns resembling ironwork scrolls.

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Lace inspiration…

There’s some great inspiration around for how to bring lace to your garments without looking like you belong in a bridal party.

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Prada Resort

Plaids and checks are as strong as ever; afternoon tea dresses Prada-style, lots of chiffon and georgette; beading and jewels made to look like top-stitching; the love of demi-couture continues.

Do you like seeing this sort of thing?  I always like Prada, even when I don’t.  But I really like this collection.  This top-stitching them has been continued in the latest runway SS collection, where Miuccia used brocades, raw seams and top-stitching to abundance.


Pink psychadelic flowers silk goergette SOLD

THIS FABRIC IS SOLD – MANY THANKS

Oh how I love this gorgeous piece of silk!  The pattern and colours are just captivating.

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This silk georgette is a stunning quality, fine and light and airy, but not too transparent.  Continue reading


The making of Chanel’s couture tweeds…


M@rc Jacobs exotic birds silk crepe de chine SOLD

ALL GONE, MANY THANKS

Here is a beauty, straight from a M@rc Jacobs resort collection from just a couple of years ago.  This is such a colourful and happy print and the fabric quality is fabulous.

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Cynthia Steff blues ikat crinkle silk SOLD

SOLD – MANY THANKS

I’ve called this an ikat print because I thought it had some of the ikat features, but maybe it is actually more like a tie-dye effect?  Either way, it is a contemporary fabric from the New York design studio of Cynthia Steffe, who made the most adorable dresses in this fabric.

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Fuchsia, mushroom and teal art nouveau silk SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

Sigh.  I’m letting go of a very favourite.

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This is a much loved fabric that I bought in NYC a few years ago from one of my favourite shops on West 35th Street…way up high.  The best shops in the garment district are not on street level, just remember that if you ever intend to visit.

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Budgerigar silk/cotton voile SOLD

GONE, THANK YOU

This fabric absolutely captivates me… it is charm and whimsy personified.

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Chrysanthemum border panel digital silk SOLD

GONE NOW THANKS

I wonder if this print was inspired by the frieze on architectural masterpiece?  It just seems to have that sort of composition….

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The chrysanthemums have a lot of movement and the digital rendition makes them especially imposing.  Then the Mums are anchored with this monotone border, bringing a real balance to the print.  I think the border flowers might be dogwood? Continue reading


Bright blooms cotton GONE

NOW GONE, THANK YOU

This fabric has to be described as a happy and joyous one.

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The pattern is infused with a rainbow of colours…Kelly green, aqua, tangerine, egg yolk yellow, sienna, pale pink, all offset on a black background. Continue reading


Thakoon to come…

Sneak peak at a 4ply silk crepe Thakoon runway fabric coming up.  Stumbled on the image of Daria Werbowy from W Magazine and I just had to put it together with this silk.

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(Still have to measure and properly photograph this fabric…not too far away)


Sewing large print fabrics? Why Marni’s Consuelo is so clever…

I’m a huge Marni fan.  It wasn’t always that way though.  Before we were able to see the close-up photos, I liked Marni’s clothes from a distance but failed to fully appreciate her cutting genius.  Now that I’m able to enlarge screens and peer at the detail, her cutting is a revelation, and she’s had a huge influence on how I think about projects and my own approach to cutting.

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Kilim-like patterned linen/cotton GONE

GONE NOW THANKS

In fact, the patterning strikes me as a mix of many influences, from kilim to other tribal, all assembled in a very modern mix, but my knowledge of patterns is not extensive enough to pinpoint all the influences.

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In Isabel Marant’s hands this fabric would surely become the base for an embellished ‘trophy’ jacket.  But it is a versatile piece for any other jacket, dress, skirt…

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Dotti cotton – fresh! SOLD

THIS FABRIC IS GONE, THANKS

This fab cotton is from the studio of my favourite local designers.

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I look at this fabric and just think fresh!  The fabric feeling is fresh and light and breezy I think.  But I especially love that it is quite a sophisticated and unusual colour palette…nice citrus and blues, but the buff and brown temper the sweetness.

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Laurel Canyon cotton SOLD

GONE, THANK YOU

Well, this is a perfect warm weather print, with lovely sea blues washing against whites, deep blues and reds in a perfect tie-dye sort of mash up.

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Stunning Osc@r de la Rent@ silk twill SOLD

GONE NOW THANK YOU

Next up, a superb silk twill from the late great designer Osc@r de la Rent@.

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Brown/pink venetian graphics silk GONE

GONE NOW, THANK YOU

I really hope this silk appeals to someone as much as I have loved this.  For a start, it is one of my favourite colour combinations, brown and pink.  Second, I just adore the graphics and the large scale of the print pattern.

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I have declared my devotion to the designer Marni elsewhere in these pages.  Consuleo Castiglioni is the best in the business for cutting large scale patterns without looking like Marimekko wall art and volume without looking like the proverbial tent.

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Enchanted florist viscose SOLD

ALL GONE, THANKS

If ever it was the year of the gorgeous dress, especially in a floral, it is this one.  Well may Meryl Streep say, “…florals, for spring…ground-breaking”.  But there is a very good reason floral prints are reprised time and time again…including in Vogue editorials.

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Red blue flower graphics double silk georgette SOLD

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This piece is a little beauty.  It is not all that often that you see the silk double georgettes around, and with such a gorgeous print design too.

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Digital flowers Italian cotton piqué SOLD

THIS FABRIC IS NOW GONE – MANY THANKS

Ooh, ooh, ooh…

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Crimson stars viscose/lycra stretch SOLD

GONE NOW, THANKS

A lovely knit beauty this one, with a blizzard of deep red, snow and grey flowers storming the black surface of another wonderful quality viscose/lyric fabric.

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Edelweiss on red viscose/lycra stretch SOLD

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Delicate white flowers adorn this red knit in a perfect little print.

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Tropical reef viscose/lycra stretch fabric SOLD

GONE NOW

Continuing the destash of my stretch fabrics with this lovely abstract pattern in a rainbow of colours that makes me think of the underwater scenes in a tropical reef.

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Silk/lycra charmeuse monotone paisley print SOLD

SOLD NOW THANKS

A classic paisley pattern made modern by the scale-up of the design and offered on a silk/lycra charmeuse.

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There is a lovely amount of stretch in this particular silk, about 10%, and with perfect recovery.

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