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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and I write a monthly humour/sewing column for the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=barbara+emodi&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Abarbara+emodi

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

What good fabric means

I have something to share.

I was trying to explain to my husband how it feels to want to sew but not have good fabric nearby.

Since he is an obsessional cook (if you are having trouble putting on that last ten pounds you just drop by) I just said to him that it's like wanting to do really good cooking but only having access to the corner store. "Or no name ingredients," he said, "Is it as bad as that?"

Yes it is, yes it is.

Maybe worse.

16 comments:

Paula said...

Well your are just going to have to change all that when you go to New York again!

Karen said...

Where is your stash, girl? I could sew for a year with the beautiful fabrics which reside in my sewing room.

Angela M. said...

LOL, what an interesting analogy! It makes me want to buy some GOOD fabric - I've been quite reticent to spend much money on good fabric because I didn't feel that my skills deserved it. I am improving though, and just might need to splurge on some good fabric. Do you have any online sites in particular that you love?

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

LOL! That's why I've surrounded myself with my own personal fabric store curated to have the best 'cause I don't EVAH want to experience that feeling!

Debby said...

I too have always loved good fabrics but can now only buy on line. There are no fabric shops for miles (but no snow). Gone are the days when there were several market stalls at a local weekly marked that sold fabric 3 yards for a £1! Buy the best fabric you can afford and enjoy making them up or as is my case adding them to my stash. I too could go several months without having to buy, but there is quite a difference between need and want!

Judi Pinkham said...

Exactly! I buy most of my fabric on the internet. If I could go to NYC without getting on a jet plane I would go in a heartbeat. LOL!!!

Catherine p said...

Great analogy! Luckily you're going to NYC soon.

Remembering..OZ said...

How funny and SO true!

Lynn said...

Thanks for your post. Personally I am very glad I started "buying ahead" a few years ago. i've seen the prices of silk and wool double in the last five years. It's helped me to decide on a specific and limited color scheme, so that I'm not tempted to buy every beautiful piece I see. I shop almost exclusively on-line now, and have found emmaonesock and marcytilton to be great sources. Sometimes I go to the LA Fashion District, as now there is almost nowhere else to shop in SoCal. Looking forward to hearing about your trip to NYC.

Anonymous said...

It's so very sad that the only place I can find good fabric is online. But I waste a lot of money as I cannot feel the weight, see how much it drapes, determine if it itches or not, or if the color makes me look sallow. So many disappointments!

Sharon said...

Priceless!

Fashionista said...

What a fabulous analogy. I am totally plagiarizing it!

Anonymous said...

Aloha fromJosie
I just made my first bra after reading your post on bra making. You clear concise explanations were very helpful.
I made my own pattern. And, surprise it is wearable.
Bra making supplies? To be continued....

Mahalo for sharing. Enjoy Florida



Dorothy DotDot said...

Living in a rural area is just like this. Thank goodness for the internet. Matching thread, buttons, and zippers require keeping samples and list for the next trip to the nearest Joann's.

Nothy Lane said...

Good fabric is so important. It took me years to learn that.

Leigh Wheeler said...

Your husband is great!