Sunday Stash #210 – Frou Frou
Do I have a treat for you today! I have been saving these for a special occasion, and this random Sunday in January seems like as good of a special occasion as we all need! First, you should know that I have finally finished folding and sorting all of the fabrics that have been stashed in the sorting chair. It is now empty! Hal-to-the-lujah! You should also know that those remaining fabrics were from my last trip to Singapore, which was in October. The last think you should know is that I’ll be back in Singapore next week. Please fabric gods, don’t allow me to forsake you for this long the way I have been. In future, I will treat you so good you’re never gonna want to let me go!
So now, about that treat. These fabrics, y’all. Slay. There are a bunch of pictures throughout, and feel free to scroll over and over and over again. Here’s what you need to know though. They are a silk-cotton blend that I bought at a shop in Arab Street in Singapore. I have absolutely no idea how to sew with them, but right now I’m content with them just pooling at my feet in all their gorgeousness. For each of the four fabrics, I’m showing you three pictures. The first is the fabric with natural, ambient light. The next picture strikes the same pose but with some directional lighting showcasing how the warp and weft of the threads combined with the silk takes the fabric up a notch. Then the third photo is the reverse of the fabric with that same lighting scenario.
Do these knock your socks off or what? Do you have tips on sewing with silk-cotton blends? I’ve done a little test, and me thinks I’m gonna need a much finder needle, and much finer thread. Ironing doesn’t seem to be a problem so far, well, at least they didn’t shrivel up when I hit them with low heat. As you can see there are only two motifs, so I’d love to find other similar fabrics with more geometric stylings. Wait, I think I said I’m going back to Singapore next week? Oh you know I’ll be on the prowl for some of this business!
Oh, and the luxurious feel of it all. Again, I’ve no idea how I’d put any of this together, as it could all fall apart in my hands. However, if I can make it work, imagine (well, try your hardest at least) the cool rustle of silk brushing across your bare skin on a cool Autumn night. Just enough warmth to escape the breeze without feeling stifled. Then you look down to see jewel-tones of shimmering fabric reflecting in the light, laid out in a traditional pattern, maybe something like a log cabin with a few solid cottons thrown in to calm the space. Oh Jesus, I’m getting all hot and bothered just thinking about it!
I need to go lay down as all this deliciousness is making me delirious! I hope you love these fabrics as much as I do! Please, if you have any experience with this type of adventure, leave it in the comments as I’m sure other enquiring minds would love to know.