So there was this Cavalli brocade I first noticed a few months ago when EOS advertised a roll-end. I couldn’t decide whether or not I liked it. The roll end sold out (of course), but they had some left at full price. Elliott Berman Textiles had something that appeared similar at a higher price. When that went on deep discount, I ordered a swatch. But by the time they processed my request, they had sold out. However, they sent me a swatch for the fabric that was replacing that one. The new fabric wasn’t online, so I gave them a call. They do have the new fabric, but did not say why it is not online. The price is $45/yard, but when I said that was too much for me, Eugenia quickly said she’d give it to me for $40. I thanked her (I hope), and said I’d give it some thought.
The new fabric, it turns out, is a bit different from the old one. I believe she said it’s heavier, but am not sure about that part. She also says is has less lurex, and that is has chenille, unlike the previous one. I love less sparkle (I don’t know if it’s actually lurex; EOS referred to “metallic threads,” and that seems more like it to me. But then I don’t claim totally clarity on the definition of “lurex”). At any rate, except for the chenille-ly black background, I was pleasantly surprised by how the swatch looked held up against me. So I wonder whether I would be just as happy with the original version, in case that’s what EOS has. Maybe that one would be too sparkly. Or maybe there is another difference to explain why I liked it so much better in person than online. Or maybe EOS already had the “new” version that EB now has, and I just like it better in person because sometimes that’s how things are.
In fact, EOS sold out as well, with just a scrap remaining. I can’t help wondering whether she can thank my discussion about the fabric on Pattern Review coupled with Elliott Berman’s special and subsequent sell-out. At any rate, when I saw EOS had sold out as well, I asked whether they had any left. They turned up a piece of about .9 yards. Hum. That’s hardly enough for my original plan, which was an evening jacket. But it occurs to me that, even though skirts with texture are a bit of a turnoff for me, it might actually be a good idea to make a dressy skirt out of that brocade, and then pair it with a simple black top. For a beginner like me, it sounds loads less intimidating than a fitted jacket. As for how it would look? I don’t get out much, but that seems to me to be a “valid” holiday party outfit.
In fact, my original idea, when I first saw the roll end on EOS, was that it was the kind of fabric I’d love to use just a scrap of as a panel in a jeans jacket. So maybe I should just get the fabric, stash it, and see what happens. I only hesitate because I have so many small pieces stashed. Oh, and because we don’t have money to burn.
As it is, because I ordered from the EOS sale that ended last night, my order should be totaled and shipped at any moment. But I think Linda at EOS, ever kind, is holding off as a courtesy until I decide on the roll end. I emailed her to ask what she thought of using it as a skirt, and am waiting to see what she says. I ask her so many question DH suggests I open an iChat or some other constant comm with her. I’m sure she’d be thrilled, ha ha. But seriously, she is really efficient about answering emails, as long as they don’t get stuck in her spam filter.
Stupid fabric obsession. I wish I had not ordered the swatch, because before that I was lukewarm. My plan was to buy some at EB’s next annual 50% off sale if there was any left. I certainly didn’t expect to be this disappointed that it sold, or this conflicted about the replacement. Truly I need another mission in life.