Sunday Shopping


I signed up for Sew Colette, Part 2, starting this month with Hazel, and picked up some fabric but didn’t have the pattern yet.  So Sunday I treated myself to a little shopping spree at Hart’s Fabric cause I knew they carry Colette patterns.
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Sunday happened to be a warm day here in Santa Cruz, and I thought to myself, “Gosh, it sure would be nice if I owned some shorts that fit.”  And that’s how I ended up purchasing the Iris pattern, suiting fabric and buttons.

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Granted, suiting fabric is far from a summer favorite, but I just really liked this Calvin Klein pin-striped gray suiting.  It’s fairly light for being a suiting fabric, and it just doesn’t get that hot here on the coast.  So that’s right, I’m making summer shorts with a wool blend fabric.  (And if they are a success, I’m sure I’ll be running back to the store for some cotton!)

I spent way too much time picking out the buttons, and when I finally found some that suited my needs, I was disappointed they were $2 each!  Is that not a lot for a single button?!  Well I really liked them and couldn’t settle for second best, so I splurged on the 4 buttons for this pattern ;)  I’m not totally convinced I even want to use the button version of the pattern… so we’ll see how that goes.

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I’ve been wanting to make more blouses and thought I’d try my hand at the Violet pattern since I’m on a Colette roll at the moment.  I already had the rayon challis fabric, and it seemed like it would be great blouse material.  I originally was thinking of using it for a dress, but I know I’ll get more use out of separates.  (These buttons were a much more satisfying $.45/ea ;)

I didn’t get any sewing done this last weekend, but shopping was a lot of fun, and now I’m set to sew the next few weekends!

Tell me, what’s the best deal you ever got on buttons?  I think I need to start collecting…

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11 comments

  1. I don’t think it is bad to use a wool blend for summer shorts. Wool can be very lightweight. My favorite skirt – a blue skirt with white ruffles peeking from the bottom – is a wool blend. I wear it during the winter and summer! Love all of your fabric choices. And I totally stand behind your decision to buy $4 buttons. I always splurge on the things I love rather than settle for mediocre.

    1. Maddie, thank you, I feel much better about my wool fabric and buttons now!! It’s definitely a little easier to splurge on buttons than fabric–it just feels slightly lopsided when half the garment cost was for the buttons alone! hehe ;) but you are right–it’s worth it when you adore something.

  2. I often scour eBay or Etsy for lots of vintage buttons– I’ve gotten big bags of buttons for about $8. Granted, some of them are strange colors, so it may be a while before they get used, but at least I’ve got an inexpensive stash to sift through!

  3. I know I’ve told you, but I’m so happy that you are sewing along!

    You got some treasures on your shopping day. I hope Iris gets chosen for the next Sew Colette 2 project. I don’t own a pair of shorts, but would like to make one! And I am obsessed with the Violet fabric you picked out!!!!!

    1. Thanks Erin, if it’s a print you can use, I’ll bring you some! Unfortunately, Jessi is too busy, so I’m not visiting till July. If you are free the weekend of July 14-16, we need to get our sew on!! That’s when I’m coming down again :)

    1. aww, thank you! :) The rayon is from Crossroad Fabrics in Watsonville, CA. She had a couple of bolts of it, so I bet it’s still available, I think $6-8/yard range. I’m spoiled by her amazing priced fabrics!! No website, but here is the # (831) 761-1097.

    1. Thanks Emma! I totally agree, I spent sooo much time picking out the buttons for these projects. They are a small detail, but they make a huge difference. And there are just so many options :)

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