I have been over the top crazy pants obsessed with marble print scuba for almost 2 years. I blame it on Trine – she has posted so many gorgeous marble print creations, and i.want.them.all. Every time she posts something marble i pounce on her like a stalker nutcase requesting where she got her fabric. Then i got it in my head that I needed a marble print Briar and Axel set like this one i made a few years ago. And the idea stuck, and it wouldn’t go away. I started obsessively searching for marble print scuba everywhere, and couldn’t find what i wanted. I was turning into (even more of) a crazy person.
Then I found this fabric at Mood, and it was the one. The marble of my dreams! But shipping fabric to Perth from Mood is always horrendously expensive, so i just dreamt of it… for a year. And finally at the beginning of this year i just went for it. I figured, I would spend more than that on a nice ready-to-wear dress, so why not on fabric for my dream outfit?
The stories we tell ourselves to justify fabric purchases!
Side note: The fabric is this marble fabric from Mood fabrics that when i bought it was called “scuba” and now is “UV Protective Compression Tricot with Aloe Vera Microcapsules”. I realise that is irrelevant to this post, but it gave me a giggle to see that hilariously long over descriptive name ha!
I decided to sew Version 1 of the Axel skirt, because i felt like this fabric needed some drama and some movement, which I think was a good move. You’re probably wondering where the matching Briar is! Don’t worry I’ll get to that, I just haven’t had a chance to get photos of it yet, and in all honestly I haven’t actually worn the two as a set yet – GASP! They both get a lot of wear, but oddly I haven’t paired them together yet. Weirdo. What is it that they say about the best laid plans…
This skirt seems to get the most wear, and is basically worn like this once a week on the school run. Because walking to and from school with my kids is how i like to party hehehe.
On this day I was lucky enough to be visiting my lovely sister in law Annelise in Melbourne and she was kind enough to snap some photos as we went off to brunch and shopping at the markets. Try to ignore those charming *cough* tuck lines from my Maker tee shirt. What’s a few unflattering tuck lines between friends ;)So back to the original fabric purchase – i bought 3.5m of fabric for my outfit and the shipping totalled almost as much as the fabric. GULP. I shudder to admit the total purchase amount.
This is why when people ask if i sew because it saves money i flat out uncontrollably laugh. Umm nope. Giant nope.
But was it worth it? I’m going to say heartily, YES it was! Because I love this skirt, I absolutely love it, and I wouldn’t consider parting with it. I’m so much happier having paid more for fabric that i truly love and is of excellent quality, to be used in a garment that is exactly what i wanted, rather than convincing myself something in a store was actually what i wanted.
Isn’t that just the gift of sewing right there? Spending too much money and being super proud of yourself for it ;)
Sorry I actually meant to say, getting exactly what you want all the time, even if it costs more!
(But also spending far too much money…)
Photography by Annelise Nielsen