Within the past few weeks I have gotten (I don’t know how many) multiple deliveries of fabric. (I don’t even remember all of the sites that I have ordered from as I keep finding more and more online stores with cute fabric.) Anyway, I’ve been looking at this ever increasing pile of yummy colors and cute prints knowing that it will be a while until I am able to start using them, but I wanted to show them to you now anyway because they are too pretty not to share.
As always, there are a few here that I am not sure about, a few that I am super excited about, and the in betweens that will work just fine and perhaps even surprise me with the end result.
It can be hard buying fabric online because it is a guessing game as to if it will work for doll clothes or not. Luckily, 1/2 yard of fabric isn’t too expensive, so if it doesn’t work for doll sewing it might work for a quilt or other project in the future.
Here are a couple of things that I do when shopping for fabric online. To assess the scale of a particular fabric, I enlarge the swatch on my screen to actual size. On my Macbook I hold down the command key and use two fingers to swipe up on the track pad until I reach the desired size. (If I go too far I simply swipe my fingers downward.) Usually there is a ruler laying alongside the swatch, the swatch size is noted, or a size is given for one of the motifs. Having a little ruler handy helps here. Sometimes I will hold the doll up to the screen to get an even better feel for the scale of the fabric. If I am unsure of the color or would like to see more photos of the print I will go to the manufacturer’s website, Facebook page, or look up the designer. Most designers have their own social media sites these days (blogs, Facebook, Instagram, website) and you can see alternate photos of their fabric collection.
Here are a few photos from some of my new fabrics.
Can you tell that I LOVE fabric? My motto (and this is why I have too much) is that if you fall in love with a certain fabric don’t hesitate because it will all be gone in no time. And, probably the biggest reason of all as to why I have too much fabric is that I always try to get free shipping. Who wants to pay for shipping when that cost could go for more fabric, right? LOL
Hope you enjoyed the newest additions to my ever expanding fabric stash.
If you have any online fabric shopping tips that you’d like to share, please do, I’d love to hear them.
Bye for today!
They are great and I love them all!
I look forward to see all the beautiful outfits you’ll sew with!
You’re right, I live in Europe, more precisely in France.
My daughter is in her 4th year of learning to speak french, it sounds so beautiful. I never tire of listening. Thank you.
A very nice Blog on buying fabric with great tips about how to evaluate the size of the designs of on-line fabrics. Thanks for the information. Love the design of the beautiful clothes and luscious sweaters. Always a treat to see your Blog.
Thank you Susette, I am glad you liked today’s post. I’ve been doing those things for a while and thought I’d share. Thank you for the compliment on my work too.
Love the tiny rosebuds! Just perfect with your lace weight yarn sweaters. So sweet. I found one online shop that has a way of saving all the fabrics in which you are interested to one spot. There you can arrange them in different ways etc. Great for quilters too. The colors are true so you can match fabrics. They also will sell 1/4 yards.
Yes, roses and rosebuds, love them too. I have never found a shop that will sell 1/4 yard of fabric. I used to think that that is all I needed, but I think that I like having 1/2 yard, just in case. But, on the other hand, you can buy twice as many different kinds when only buying 1/4 yard! I’ll have to look out for that option especially for the fabrics that I am not sure of. Thanks, Joy.
Lovely Cindy! Don’t you just love it when those nice square packages arrive and they’re full of fabric! 🙂
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