Top: J Crew Vintage Bateau Stripe, sz. XS
(Fabric: Mon Amie French Village Blush for Robert Kaufman from Fabric.com)
Bag: LV Evora
Ack! How cute is this French Village print from Fabric.com?!? The Eiffel Tower, the quaint houses, the shades of pink and blue....... Maybe a little too cutesy or tween for some, but I just love it! I could totally see the "old-school" J Crew using this fabric. (The current J Crew--no way, though.)
When I saw this print I just knew I had to make a skirt out of it. One of the things I like most about sewing my own skirts is that I can do more of these "out-there" prints without the risk. If this print was made into a a piece offered by a retailer, it would cost $50+, and I probably wouldn't buy it. Because though I love the print, I would be worried about investing so much into such an unusual print, worried I might not get a lot of wear out if it. But the grand total for making this skirt was under $14. I'm willing to risk that.
I find it so fun browsing through the bazillion prints available out there for fabric, pushing myself to try new colors, combinations, or patterns of fabric. I would never do that while shopping at a retail store because I'm so aware of things like cost-per-wear. When it comes to style and trends I tend to play it safe with my clothing purchases, not wanting to spend too much on something I worry I won't wear.
But when buying fabric, I don't have those concerns weighing me down. It feels very liberating somehow. I just buy whatever print calls to me. Plus when buying fabric on-line (risky I know, hence why I usually buy from Fabric.com where I can return anything I regret) it's like a blank slate. All I'm looking at is a fabric swatch, so I don't have things like clothing cost, shape, or fit influencing me. Most printed cotton fabrics are priced about the same per yard, so I buy solely based on the print and colors, knowing I can control the fit and shape later.
I never can buy so freely when shopping at retail stores because there's always a "but"........ I like the fit, but the price is wrong..... I like the print but the colors are wrong..... I like the colors and print but the fit or shape is wrong..... I like the price, but everything else is wrong. How many times do we actually buy an item where we are 100% satisfied, without wanting to change a single thing about the item/cost/purchase experience? But when I'm making something for myself, and I start by basing it solely on the print or color I choose, and then go on to sew it to fit my body, the end result is no buts. I like everything single thing about it.