Which came first - the fabric or the project?
Which way round do you work? Do you find inspiration from fabric, or do you love a pattern and then hunt down that special material to go with it?
I tend to find a pattern or see a project, decide I want to make it and then buy the fabric. But occasionally I work the other way round especially with donated fabric, they just spark an idea.
Here are some of my recent stashes, and the reasoning behind them.
The dark denim was given to me by my mum, and I still haven't got a project for this, any ideas?
The 3 pieces on the right were given to me by a friend and inspired the grocery bags project, as the fabric was very strong and luckily the 3 colours matched perfectly. http://www.wagdoll.co.uk/2011/09/plastic-bag-is-dead-long-live-home-made.html
Now these 2 fabrics are very heavy oil-cloth/vinyl type pieces, I bought them as remnants for 50p each as they were so cheap, but no idea what to do with them :-) !
This fabric is actually a pair of curtains from a sale at Argos, and I've got a few ideas in mind for this.
The red cotton was bought with a specific project in mind, and I'll be showing you this one in a post soon!
All this fabric was donated to me by my lovely mum, I think I'll make a jacket out of the wool suiting fabric on the left, although some wide legged trousers would be nice too. The 2 gingham fabrics are both stretch cotton so ideal for clothing but I don't have any ideas for these yet. Any thoughts?
That's some of my recent stash, there is more but I'll save those for another post.
So which way round do you prefer to work, fabric then project, or project then fabric?