What you’re looking at, my friends, is some honest-to-goodness designer fabric I bought today at my local fabric store (a little bit of a splurge! But I had a coupon). Say hello to Miss Missoni, on the left, and Madame Prada, on the right. These lovely ladies begged me to take them home, and I was more than happy to oblige.
The Missoni is a very loose knit fabric – the colored yarns are a loose ply, and a thin black yarn knit throughout gives the fabric some stability. I have plans to make a cardigan out of this lovely, but I’m contemplating how to finish the neck and hem – self-fabric would be too much; I could do a contrast knit binding but it would have to be the right weight fabric. I have some other ideas in my head, but let me know what ideas you have!
The Prada is the most deliciously soft wool I think I’ve ever felt before. Earlier this week I was in and saw just a red wool, went home and thought about it, and then came back in today to buy it. But hark! There was a purple wool I never saw! It was love at first sight. I’m kind of over red right now, since it feels like I’ve been knitting and sewing a lot with it, and my thoughts are turning to spring now – this purple is perfect for early spring. I’m planning on making this into a wool Charlotte skirt lined with acetate (there’s a wool/cashmere blend version I did that I need to post on here, coming soon), very chic.
I’ll disclose how much these were: $19.99/yd for the Missoni and $39.99/yd for the Prada. Though it hurt a little at checkout, even with a 20% coupon, there’s no way I would ever walk out of Neiman’s with a $40 Missoni cardigan or a $40 Prada skirt. The quality of these fabrics was well worth the price I paid, and I can’t wait to share what these fabrics turn into!