About to cut 50 dollar-a-metre fabric

Now that the Statement Coat is finished and in my closet, it’s time to get on with the next item on my Top 10 Sewing Projects list.

I’m super excited to make a basic black skirt, as it will give me plenty of outfit possibilities for Me-Made-May! The fabric I have was a whopping $50 per metre – and it’s Armani. No, seriously. Fabricana carries a selection of actual designer fabrics, and they’re delightful. They’re also expensive, but when you compare the cost of buying the fabric and making it yourself, to how much it would cost to buy the finished garment, it’s a steal!

Let me check, how much is an Armani skirt to buy? The first one I found in a similar black fabric, was $475. Makes my $50/metre at 1.5 metres look pretty reasonable, doesn’t it?

Ok, it’s still expensive. But it will be a one-of-a-kind designer skirt and I’ll wear it forever. And the fabric was a gift. (Thanks Mom!) Plus, it’s on my Top 10 list. I’m planning to make this skirt again (McCalls 5803) as I loved the flattering fit, practical pockets and swishy-ness of this pattern.

Here I go….take a deep breath, measure twice, and cut!

ALSO: I’ll be downtown Vancouver again tomorrow, so there’s a good chance of wandering into Button Button again while in the neighborhood. I’ve just signed up to volunteer for Dress for Success and my first shift is tomorrow, how exciting! I believe I’ll be “sorting” on my first day – which means picking through the donations and deciding what’s office-appropriate or not. Fun!

AND: my Vogue Patterns order finally arrived! It only took 23 days, well worth the wait though. I can’t wait to start reading the instructions and figuring out how all the little details come together…

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5 Responses to About to cut 50 dollar-a-metre fabric

  1. Monet April 23, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    No guilt, Tasia! I say to spend as much as you want on fabric…who said making your own ALWAYS has to be less expensive than buying anyway? Buy what you love and be happy!

  2. Clare April 23, 2010 at 7:29 am #

    looking forward to seeing the results! enjoy!

  3. ~Sherry~ April 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    I’m with you – quality is a more important factor to me than price when selecting fabric. And for a classic item it will be well worth it.

    I used to design wedding dresses, so I totally understand what it is like cutting into expensive stuff! Some of my pieces were imported especially for the client, and you couldn’t rush out and buy more if you made a mistake – so I’d nervously double-check, and double-check again before cutting!!

  4. Karin (the Mrs.) April 23, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    I know how you feel. Sometimes a fabric is so special, because of the price, or the fact that you finally found it after a long search and you know you will not be able to buy extra, or just because it’s so pretty, that it can be very scary to cut into it. But I am sure you will make a fabulous skirt out of this. I can’t wait to see it! Goodluck with the cutting :-)

  5. Tatiana October 12, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    Tailor tack your pattern and leave extra fabric where you think you may to expand ie underarm bodice, the hips, the inseam of pants and the centre front over-lap. No fear and have fun. Like you site especially because it’s in Vancouver. Cheers,T

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