A Lot Of Wool: October Fabric Stash Additions

I really should post about my 9 Month Sewing Plan before posting about the additions I might have added to it (cough, cough). But oh well… These fabrics are exciting so I don’t want to wait!

The first fabric stash addition is 2 yards of Waverly Mineral Felicite. I was interested in the Curtain- Along created by  Jen of Festive Attyre, but I wasn’t inspired enough by the three Waverly curtain colors (Cream, Noir, and Crimson) to actually hop on the train (and I didn’t want to make something super similar to what other people are making). But then I started researching other color ways online and fell in love with the Mineral Felicite at onlinefabricstore.net. You can see my Pinterest board of various color ways here. The board also includes some other similar fabrics. I haven’t done all my research yet so I can only generally say that I’m planning to make a 1780s jacket out of this fabric. (And possibly something else, because 2 yards of this fabric is actually quite a lot!)

My next fabric stash addition has two parts. The first is plain weave creamy yellow silk that I bought a few months ago when buying the whole giant mound of fabric that is for my 9 Month Sewing Plan. I bought a few sections of it from the remnant table for just $6 a yard! I love prices like that! It had no definite plans, until… I was starting to near completion of my current hand sewing project and started thinking (which is almost always dangerous!) about what to hand sew next. I’ve been contemplating an 18th century quilted petticoat for about a year, but never had a real need and considered it to be overwhelming. But now the idea is sticking… and I’m planning to hand quilt a petticoat sometime in the foreseeable future! I mean, I hand piece and quilt queen size quilts, and if I can do that, I think I can tackle a petticoat. In fact, I think a queen size quilt is actually bigger… The second part of this, and the recent stash addition, is a plain weave cream colored wool to back the petticoat with (only $5 a yard!). You can see both of the fabrics in the top photo. To the right you can see the wool by itself. I’m excited… It’s going to be really amazing!

While looking at the wool wall for the petticoat backing I stumbled upon this wonderful wool plaid. There were only about 1 1/2 yards left on the bolt and it was $8 a yard, but I loved it and couldn’t let it go, even though I had no idea what I would do with it. It’s really lovely and thick, and a little fuzzy and soft, and not itchy. It’s hard to see in the picture, but it’s forest green, plum purple, dark tan, and light beige. The repeat is pretty big (I didn’t measure it, but I’d guess about 6″). After taking down this bolt, I stopped at the wool remnant table… where wool was only $3 a yard! Really nice wool! There were about ten 1-2 yard pieces of that slightly fuzzy beige wool in the picture… and I might have bought all of them! I have visions of using some of them, with the plaid, to make a bustle dress either from the 1870s or 1880s (with a train!!!). I’m still open to inspiration for this fabric, though, so who knows what else I will come up with? Does it strike you as anything in particular? I also have visions of maybe using the beige wool for an 18th century cloak, and a modern skirt, and probably other things… I have a lot of it. Whee!

I also found, at the wool remnant table, two similar but different dark blue wools. There were two pieces of each, all under 1 1/2 yards in length (and I did have to dig through a lot of blue wool, analyzing the selvedge edges of each to make sure I found matches, before I was successful). One of the two blues will be used to make a 1780s petticoat. The other… I don’t know. Maybe a cloak, instead of the beige wool? Blue cloaks were more common than brown in the 18th century, I believe. And I’m not sure that the beige is the right shade of brown, anyway. I have more research to do on that before I make a decision. One of the blues is more purple-y than that other (and I think I do like that one best!) but I’m not sure if it’s too purple-y for the 18th century. Although if they are not next to each other they just look navy and are almost impossible to tell apart, so I’m not sure it matters. On the left is another view of the same fabrics.

Well, as you can see, I was sort of struck by an 18th century inspiration… so most of these new additions relate to new 18th century projects. Yikes, I had better go sew, or my stack of to-be-used fabric might just envelop me!

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About quinnmburgess

Quinn M. Burgess creates reproduction and costume historic clothing. Her inspiration has a strong foundation in history: historic dress, social history, and material history. With the addition of clothing construction knowledge, her passions converge in an imaginative world of creative history that she loves to share with others.
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8 Responses to A Lot Of Wool: October Fabric Stash Additions

  1. Raven says:

    Hooray for wool! That plaid is super gorgeous–congrats on an excellent find 🙂

    Which store had the wool remnants table? I need wool for a pelisse for ice skating and haven’t loved the selection at Sewfisticated so far this fall…

    • Thanks! I know you like your plaids. 🙂 All of the wool was at the Somerville Sewfisticated. I have found that going there often and looking for things is helpful, because some days they have great finds and some days are super blah.

  2. Blue. Absolutely blue for the cape. On my planet, beige is what we dress the very worst criminals in, the ones who put ketchup on everything or colorize old movies. And my very best wishes for your hand-sewn quilted petticoat. Such ambition! I myself won’t commit to anything bigger than tea cozies–and I cheat on those, using a sewing machine for the longest seams. But I will stitch vicariously through your every in-progress photo, so please post lots!

    • Blue does seem more practical for outerwear, it’s true. Thanks for weighing in! Other opinions are always helpful. I hope that whatever bustle-y concoction I create with the beige wool will surprise you in it’s un-criminal-ness! 🙂 And of course, the quilted petticoat will have to be well documented. I’ll look forward to your vicarious sewing with me!

  3. Sabine says:

    Can’t wait for seeing them turned into garments! I’m looking forward to learning more about your 18th century recreations.
    The blue looks beautiful!

  4. Caroline says:

    Oooo I’m drooling. Congratulations on all the lovely new fabric! I’ve been loving wool lately.

    I have some creamy beige wool I’m thinking I’ll devote to the 1860’s. I’m always inspired by this cream colored dress: http://pinterest.com/pin/63965257179235008/

    Maybe it will inspire you, too.

    Cheers!
    Caroline

    • I love that dress, too, Caroline! I’d love to see your interpretation of it. I’m sure it would be absolutely stunning! Mmm… All that hem trim!

      Your recent 1880s dress reminded me of the new beige and plaid wools. I envision something similar in its simplicity for those fabrics. 🙂

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