Friday, February 02, 2007

The Special Association of Fabrics

Some fabrics have a special nature; an association that makes me forever equate them with certain people. I know I'm not alone in this associating of objects and clothing, my husband has a really cool tshirt that he refuses to wear as at a party there was this absolute dickhead there wearing this tee, so now he always thinks of that guy if he wears it.

For me though, my fabric and image/motif memories have positive associations which is nice, for example, most obviously, rainbows = Lily, turtles = Tully, fish = Andy, lizards = Lana, Japanese prints = my friend Ange who is a Japanese teacher; Hello Kitty = Nat.

Some fabrics and images I now associate with people I've made stuff for, tulips = Sue, ice creams and butterflies = Joh (although I don't think I've made Joh anything in butterfly fabric lol), the very special Kona Bay butterfly fabric (one of the most beautiful fabrics I have ever seen) = Melissa, Kaffe Fassett, particularly fans and the mermaid applique = Katanya (the fans reminds me of my mum too as we bought the material together [she made hers into a bag] the mermaid now also reminds me of Tully); the beautiful Florentine fabric = Lucretia (gosh I love this fabric and am getting up the courage to cut into it some more ~ it is a definite bathing fabric); one of my favourite geisha fabrics = Larissa (I must show Larissa the nappy I have in a different colour of this same fabric and then watch her carefully to make sure she doesn't pocket it lol) and the list goes on.

So where am I going with this and why these random thoughts?

I've been sorting through some of my fabrics and working with some of my hoarded pieces; some of these will make appearance shortly like this

These shorts are about to make an appearance as soon as I take some more pictures. I've called them Jumping Jack Flash becuase I once made some shorts for Kate's boy Jack using this fabric, and the name seems perfect for these shorts. It is so hard to find decent boys' fabric like this, I don't know why but it is. Ridiculous huh!!

Been getting back into my sewing a bit, and have a few pieces to list on ozebaby as soon as I take some photos; some shorts, pinnies, fleece longies nearly finished. I just love this paperdoll fabric and knew it would be perfect in a little vintage style pinafore. Luckily, I'm not totally happy with the way some of the seams are finished because of the lining and side splits; so Lily gets it. She loves it. I found her sitting in her cot after her afternoon nap looking at all the dolls on her dress : D But I will work further with this style and might try and get some more of this fabric, it's so cute

I really like this style and was planning on using the fabric below to make a dress similar; I think it would be pretty cute. It's Chinese New Year and really lovely. So lots to do and lots on the go!


  1. heehee will have to make joh something butterfly! (*evil chuckle!*)


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