As I’ve mentioned before, I learned of the name Cavalli only relatively recently through ogling designer fabric online. The man makes some interesting stuff, and it tends to be pricey.
A while back, I was smitten with these coordinating bold blue and yellow prints at Fabric Mart:
Screen shot from Fabric Mart
When they first came to my attention, I believe they were both listed at $40.00 per yard, along with another stretch cotton broadcloth in the same design but a different color scheme. The price gave pause, and as I pondered, I became less enamored: it emerged that these were not 100% cotton as I had first though, but contained a little lycra. I’m not wild about cotton lycra, and in a voile, it seems counterproductive. I mean, I’m no expert, but shouldn’t a voile be floaty, or at least drapey? Furthermore, it then came to my attention that Signor Cavalli had emblazoned his name all over the fabric. Albeit he used a small script, but it still bothers me. My original idea had been a dress to wear to a wedding or some other formal occasion, and the scrawled signature just doesn’t seem… well, perhaps “dignified” is the word I’m looking for.
At any rate, in the interim, the fabric has been on sale at least a time or two, and I have had little trouble resisting. And, as reflected in the image above, I just realized that Fabric Mart has quietly decreased the price on a whole selection of “high end designer” fabrics, including those three. That is, instead of putting them in one of their many sale sections, they just lowered the price. I only noticed because one of them happened to be in my wish list. Anyway, I’m still not sure… Besides, I used up my 20% off coupon on my last order.
Meanwhile, I just noticed that a Cavalli floral brocade I admired a while back is on deep discount at Elliott Berman Textiles for a few more days [ETA: sorry; this fabric sold out, but call them about the replacement. IIRC, they have about 50 yards of a similar fabric as of 11.12.2012.] It is tempting, except I cannot picture what I would make! I cannot even picture the scale of the print. I thought it was large, but now I think it may be even larger than I’d first thought, at least if it is indeed the same as this one carried by Emma One Sock.
Elliott Berman does not show any scale, but this photo from EmmaOneSock does:
Hard to see in this picture, but that is almost certainly the same 6″ hem gauge regularly seen in EOS fabric photos. So those are some large blooms.
And that might be a good thing: in my perhaps twisted thinking, if it’s large enough, it may give more of an impression of a colorful all-over abstract than an oversized floral.
Dang. I just don’t know. Maybe them blooms are just the wrong size, or maybe the colors are all wrong for me anyway. I could easily see it as a sporty jacket with jeans, but I can’t really afford that kind of style on a daily basis. But if I could make it into a dressy jacket for the next holiday party, it would be worth it. Would it look silly on me?
Hum. Maybe this fabric is just plain stash-worthy, or maybe I’m just plain obsessed for no good reason. Anyway, I wouldn’t know how much to get, because I have yet to make a jacket of any kind!
But wait! Here’s a jacket from a pattern I already have, Butterick 5147 (which includes several wardrobe pieces):
Jacket from Butterick 5147
It actually might be a good fit for that print, though I don’t like the cropped sleeves. And maybe the collar wouldn’t work with that print. But at least I can get an approximation of what might be a useful amount of that fabric to stash. After all, I have short arms anyway. Let’s see, for my size in 60″-wide fabric, I would need 1-5/8 yards. This fabric is only 55″ wide, however. Shall I take a chance and hope that won’t make a difference? I could at least go pull the pattern and look at the layout for a better idea. I can do that tomorrow.
Meanwhile, I just played around in Photoshop and Illustrator to try to get a better idea of what this fabric might look like on that jacket. It was somewhat helpful, until I tried adding a cropped photo of my head and it got kind of creepy. So that’s all for now. ✁