I don’t have anything freshly sewn to show you, but I do have a special story about thrifted fabric from last week. Last week I went for a walk with the kids. While we were out walking I felt like I should go to the thrift store within walking distance.
I didn’t want to go because I always spend money. I went anyway and found some great bags of fabric. We kept walking around the store and looked at some kid shoes. (Here are my tips for saving money while sewing.)
Then a lady walked up to me and asked if those were bags of fabric that I had. I warily said, “yes,” wondering if she wanted to take the bags or split up the fabric inside. Then she said that she had a whole bunch of fabric in her car that she wanted to go to someone who would use it.
I was almost speechless with surprise, but luckily I said thank you. I also told her that I make almost all of my kids clothes, so the fabric would definitely be used. We both checked out, she ran to her car and gave me over ten yards of fabric and then left.
And it’s wonderful beautiful fabric; let me show you. Here’s all the fabric piled together. The fabric on the left is the fabric the nice lady gave to me, and the fabric on the right is thrifted fabric. When I thrift fabric I like to do a fabric burn test to help me figure out the content.
The lace is a dark lavender and it’s stretchy. The middle fabric is a really light knit fabric almost like a vintage tricot. The last fabric is a soft colored organza fabric with beautiful colors and swirls.
The two solid colors are wovens. I’m guessing they are a batiste or a voile because they have a really great drape. I’m sure they are 100% cotton because they feel very strong when wet. (Cotton is stronger when wet!) The striped fabric is some sort of synthetic woven fabric that I haven’t quite figured out. It has a very soft hand.
The woven plaid is like a medium weight suiting fabric. I love the colors and the plaid, but it’s cut too short for anything for me. I’m not quite sure what to make with it.
The silver metallic fabric is a sweater knit with a crepe-like back. I have already cut it into a gorgeous circle skirt!
The windowpane plaid fabric is like a purpley/grayish-/brownish that I love. I love browns that are almost grays. I think I’m going to make a wearable muslin for a blazer and then use some awesome fabric once the pattern is perfected.
These are the gifted fabrics. The two on the left are medium weight canvas like fabric. I’m already planning on turning the striped fabric into pretty fabric boxes for storage.
The fabric on the right is a gorgeous chambray, at least ten yards of it! I can make a shirt for me, my husband, and my kids and still have some leftover! I haven’t decided what to make with it, but it’ll be great.