fabric haul!

I happened to have the chance to go to a truly amazing estate sale a few weeks ago, and scored some unbelievable stuff from it!  There was a garage literally packed full of fabric and trim, and I’m not exaggerating when I say there was tens of thousands of dollars worth of fabric there, much of it imported, and a good deal still in the packaging with the original price tags!  I walked away with a box full of stuff, and am only glad that I didn’t bring more cash with me, or I probably would have bought as much as I could fit in the car.

First… the silks!  There were so many gorgeous watercolor silks that it was hard to pick just a few that I really wanted.  These pieces are each between 4 – 6 yards, and while I don’t have any definite plans for any of them yet, I imagine they’d make splendid linings (normally I wouldn’t dream of using $40+/yd fabrics as linings, but since I got them for a tenth of that price, why not?)

The black matelasse fabric is my favorite – and I do have some plans for that.  I’ve got about four yards of it.  I’m also really fond of the pink printed cotton.

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My picture obviously doesn’t do the color of this fabric justice, but it’s a nice powder pink polished cotton, and there’s almost a full ten yards – it’s fairly thin.  I love the pattern, and I’m not sure what to do with it yet, but I’ll think of something!

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This was also a wonderful find – a very thin, gauzy chiffon with a nice geometric embroidered pattern.

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Lastly… the trims!  There were boxes full, and it was a struggle to narrow it down to the handful I ended up with.  The fifth from the left with the heavy beading is my favorite.  The gold pleated fan-shaped trim was just too interesting to pass up.  The third and fourth from the left are actually metallic braid, somewhat stiff, definitely very cool.  I’m really excited to design some projects around some of these trims!

score!

today, I got a chance to visit a drapery/upholstery warehouse that was having a moving sale… and hit the jackpot, fabric-wise!  I honestly didn’t expect my haul to be as good as it was.  I now have fabric for my next three or four projects… that is, of course, after I finish the two that I’m currently working on!

none of these fabrics were labeled, and unfortunately the guy couldn’t tell me what they were for certain, so I made some guesses.  also, I had to use my iPad for pictures again (I seem to have misplaced my camera…) so the colors aren’t very true.

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these feel like dupioni silk to me, but I can’t be sure until I set fire to them.  I’ve got about two yards of the chocolate brown, and roughly three of the ivory.

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this piece is by far my best score.  it’s a gorgeous spring green and yellow changeable… well, something.  it feels like taffeta to me but it’s a little stiff.  it’s pretty heavy, too.  anyhow, I’ve got a beautiful ten yards of it, and the only problem I foresee is deciding what type of costume I want to make with it!

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this velvet is fabulous to see in person – my crummy iPad pictures don’t do the color justice.  it’s actually a bit darker than this, with a kind of orange-ish hue at a certain angle.

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my other super score – just over ten yards of the softest, sheerest cotton voile I’ve ever seen!  you can see that even through several layers of fabric, my rug is still visible.  it’s wonderfully light and floaty.  perfect for that chemise a la reine that I’ve been wanting to make for some time now.

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this fabric is really a mystery to me.  it’s really light and crisp, like a silk taffeta.  it’s also slightly crinkled and just a bit stretchy.  it appears to be originally a slate-blue sort of color that has been hand painted with shades of gold.  I’ve got a little more than a yard of this.  it was so interesting to look at and feel that I couldn’t leave it behind.

I also snagged a handful of remnants, amounting to between one and two yards each, as well as twenty-five yards of trim of all varieties.  and I probably would have left with more, except my checkbook – and the trunk of my car – wouldn’t permit it.

I’ll be pretty busy over the next few weeks, mainly with two things – one is the costume I’m working on at the moment, which I’ll hopefully be wearing to Anime Central in May (providing I finish it before then!)  I just started on it this week, which is leaving it a bit late, considering all that I have going on between now and then.  the other thing is that I’m doing some costumes for the summer show at the theater, which happens to be Les Mis.  between those two projects, and the fact that I’m going to LA in April, I’ll probably work myself to insanity… but look forward to some great costumes!