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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Japanese fabric

My oldest son is in the Air Force and just returned from a short trip to Japan. This was his first overseas excursion, so I told him no matter where he goes, bring me some fabric. I'm hoping to have quite a collection someday. I plan to make something from it at the time and save scraps for a lapquilt or wall quilt or table runner or something once all of his military travelling is done. I figure that would be a really cool keepsake, and an awesome collection for me.

He brought me a full yard of this fabric, which the fabric store (yes, he went into a fabric store just to get this for me ... although he didn't sound like it was the highlight of the trip lol) told him was kimono fabric. It's similar to a seersucker fabric only it has looser waves than the seersucker fabrics I've seen before. It is brown with tiny white flowers on it. I wear a ton of brown and black, so he knows my tastes. I very possibly could have picked this fabric out myself. (Hard to tell when you have so many choices. It's probably a good thing he went there and not me or I probably would have needed an extra suitcase lol. That's usually how my trips to unknown fabric stores go.) He did tell me it was expensive. The equivalent of $15/yd. here. I'm guessing he walked in and grabbed from the first display he saw so he could hurry up and get back out, rather than looking for a better price. Either way, I'm thrilled with the fabric.

So now I'm trying to decide what to do with it. I'm thinking maybe a handbag. I like the ones Artsy-Crafty Babe makes, and I have a couple of her patterns, so it might become be one of those. I was going to link to the pattern but I didn't see it under her pattern tab and I don't have time to search the blog for it, so I took this picture (below). I don't remember - maybe this pattern was a free download? Anyway, I also have the Short and Sassy bag pattern and I think this fabric would look awesome with some white corduroy which I have on hand.

My other thought is that this would make a beautiful peasant blouse - loose and flowy, but I'm sure I would need more than a yard for that. I want to make sure I have a decent amount of scraps too for my other project. So, I'll have to think about it and show you what I decide later.

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