Wednesday, April 22, 2009

SEW disappointed!!! :(

So this "big sale" at the Stitching Post? Total bust. To make a long story short, I got there at 9:45am, and the one tiny aisle that was 50% was full of things like "knit in a day" books, 6-in. rulers, quilt pencils (please don't ever use those if you ever quilt. Please.), and the like. AKA nothing that an experienced sewer would ever want to buy. I'm not even an experienced sewer and I know that there would be no real use for most of the stuff on that aisle.

But whatever, I was there to get fabric anyway, so I went over to the fabric part of the store. Now, you have to understand the Stitching Post. The fabric there is top quality and overpriced. Fine. So, even at 50% it's still about as expensive as it would be at a place like Jo-Ann. HOWEVER, when I got over there, the fabric was only 20% off!! LAME. BUT, I found some fabric I liked and bought it anyway, for three reasons: a, I was already there, b, I loved it, and c, I know SP is family run and I like local businesses. But I was still miffed. I ended up buying fabric for the quilt, minus one tiny piece of large-print fabric because I really couldn't find anything to match. I needed some notions too, but it was just way to crazy busy, so I got in line and barely saved any money. Bummer. Bummer. Bummer.

Because it took me SO LONG (an hour) waiting in line to get the fabric, I didn't have time to go back home before I had to go downtown for my English class at Sinclair and then tutoring at Holy Angels. I was still determined to find this large-print fabric I needed, so I decided to go to Jo-Ann just to see what they had. Plus, I was unable to find my silky black fabric I needed for the top of my dress. Welllll I ended up getting 2 1/2 yards of silky polyester for 30% off, two spools of thread for 50% off, and a zipper, interfacing, hook-and-eye and a thread organizer all for 20% off. MORAL: The sale at Jo-Ann was way freaking better. And I'm very mad that I didn't buy my fabric there in the first place.

Here's what I came away with from both stores:

Here's a close up of the quilt fabric. And that's all you will hear about the quilt (until I find my large-print fabric, that is) because it's a present and I don't want to spoil it. But I promise I'll take pictures and post them after the wedding.

I am head over heels in LOVE with this fabric. I bought the entire bolt!

I am also head over heels in love with THIS fabric... this will be the skirt of my maxi dress... well, ideally ;)

I just love the white flowers on the yellow fabric. The bust will be black silk polyester (that's a total oxymoron!). This is apparently the dress pattern I'm supposed to decipher:

And, God-willing, the dress will look something like the black and white one in this pattern:

Except that mine is made of really flowy fabric so it won't be as structured... and it will fall all the way to the floor and hopefully even drag a little. That is, if I have enough fabric to make it long enough to cover my six feet long legs. And I'm not putting that bow on the dress. I wouldn't want to draw any attention from my gorgeous yellow fabric!!!

Anyway, I still have to find some large-print fabric for the quilt, but after that I'm set for those two projects. YAY.

I won't be able to sew, however, until after my finals are over next Tuesday. So until then!!