Fabric Too Beautiful to Cut

Have you ever bought a piece of fabric that was just too beautiful to cut? I have. It’s the most luscious peachy-pink silk brocade, much lighter weight that you’d expect from a brocade, with glimmering gold thread woven in.

A friend brought it back from India and now it’s not only beautiful but travelled halfway across the world as well, so it’s even harder to get started. I’ve wrapped it around my mannequin hundreds of times, imagined a dozen different dresses I could make, and then packed it away again. It’s just too gorgeous to cut up, what if I made a mistake? What if I got halfway through the project and then came up with an even better idea? It’s now been 10 years and I still have the fabric in my sewing drawer, just waiting for me to make up my mind.

Isn’t it pretty? Ok, the photo doesn’t really do it justice. Guess you’ll have to wait for the finished product then!

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11 Responses to Fabric Too Beautiful to Cut

  1. Sofia February 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    I am scared to cut my gorgeous Tiffany blue cashmere. It freaks me out. $90/m is scary. But you know, it just makes you care so much more about the item you’re making! You’ll cut SO slowly and carefully, all your notches will actually be in the right place! Hurrah!

    Gorgeous fabric, by the way. I think you should make Vogue 1161. It’s perfect!

  2. Tasia February 17, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    I know! It’s scary to cut expensive or irreplaceable fabric, but just think how nice it will be when it’s turned into something wearable…
    I was thinking Vogue 1161 too! Classic and not too prom-like. Thanks for the feedback!

  3. Hearthrose December 8, 2010 at 7:22 am #

    But if you don’t cut it, you’ll end up handing it down to your daughter, hopefully – but not definitely – in the same condition that it is now.

    Mom brought a lot of nice silk back from China… and some of it is still unsewn, 30 years later.

    Just sayin’.

  4. Katy Rose December 8, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    I have fabric like that. It’s been sitting for years in my collection, but I think that its not fear preventing me from cutting the fabric, it’s that subconsciously the pattern or idea hasn’t come yet for the fabric and I’m apprehensive to cut the fabric into something that’s not gonna work. Its been almost 8 years that I’ve had a piece of pale blue cashmere/silk blend of felted suiting material, Beautifully soft and great drape to it, and the idea of what it’s gonna be turned into just came to me a few months back. I think you need to wait to cut it until the “AHA” moment comes to the fabric!

  5. daiyami December 8, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    Belatedly (though I read this at the time, and I don’t have any really expensive fabric, $15/yard is LOT to me right now): I wear scarves, and so I do tend to think that I could salvage anything into a scarf (or a bag) which will let me at least enjoy the fabric, and in this case remember the friend. And you could probably also piece a basic a-line skirt out of any failed project. So the worst-case scenario is not total wreckage.

  6. Kristy June 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    So…? Have you cut it yet?

  7. Janie Marks June 13, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    I would use it. I always say there are no mistakes in sewing only design opportunities. So even if you do something different from what you planned you just have to slow down think a little and come up with an even better plan.

  8. sarah August 4, 2014 at 1:14 am #

    I have a piece of fabric I bought in 1986 and it is too pretty to cut… I am seriouly thinking of doing something with it now.. but then again

  9. Annette February 5, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

    Okay, so here we are in 2015. Have you cut that fabric yet?!

    • Tasia February 5, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

      Haha, nope! I was actually looking at it this week, thinking if I started now I might finish in time for my birthday at the end of this month. :) Isn’t that silly? It’s been ages! I do at least have a pattern in mind.

  10. Stacey Gee August 22, 2015 at 5:25 am #

    Soooo have you cut it yet?? I am about to embark on a couture dress for my sister and I cannot bring myself to do the first cut of the cobalt blue silky crepe. I know I need to do it but I have found every possible way of putting it off!! Help?!!!! Stacey Gee