So, the streak of bad luck continues. I bought this fabric a few weeks ago, in a sudden panic when the Minoru jacket sewalong was about to commence. I was kidding myself that I might actually be able to keep up in real time. Ha! I don’t know how Sewaholic does it. Not only is she, you know, making a jacket but she’s blogging incredibly detailed sewalong posts as well. I can barely get my arse out of bed in the morning!
Anyway, I’d seen a swatch of this lime green waxed cotton and thought it would be the perfect fashion fabric for a practical take on this jacket for cycling in. The warning bells should have started ringing when I phoned through my order and the lady on the other end said, ‘I’m intrigued. Can I ask what you’re going to use this for?’ Readers, when the person SELLING you the fabric says that she is INTRIGUED by your purchase you know that it’s time to run for the hills. I didn’t.
The fabric arrived. If I’d been concerned, it was that the lime green in all its three metres of glory would scare me. It didn’t, actually. I thought I’d be perfectly happy to wear it. But the waxed cotton… Eek. I really, really didn’t like it. It’s slightly greasy to the touch, creases badly, is wipe clean only (on a jacket for cycling? hello?) and is incredibly heavy. For means of comparison, I weighed it and compared to three metres of wool fabric:
Waxed cotton: 1806g
Wool fabric: 1072g
That’s a big difference. I tried to convince myself that the waxed cotton might be less, well, repulsive if I put it through the washing machine to get some of that darned wax out. I was going to impulsively throw three metres of the stuff in the machine, but my wise old ma suggested cutting a swatch and putting that in a wash. I’m glad she suggested this. The swatch came out still feeling greasy but now with nicely permanent crease marks washed into it.
I suppose I could make use of this abomination. I could make tote bags or those door stops filled with rice – or a tent! But, honestly, I don’t even want it in the house. I’m going to put it on Ebay and see if some other sucker can make use of it.
In the meantime, I’ve bought some camel wool/cashmere mix off Walthamstow market. Three metres came in at £17 and my hope is to use my recent silk acquisition (from the same stall) as the lining:
I am not going to think about how much money I wasted on that waxed cotton. I am not going to worry that my camel wool may be about to make me the most Boring Coloured Jacket In The World Ever. I am not going to angst that my ability to judge any shade or fabric has just totally imploded.
Everything is going to be fine. Just fine… Just … can someone pour me a drink now?