I had my first uh-oh moment with fabric this week. I wanted a soft elegant black fabric for the Mathilde and Mimi blouses I’ll be making in the next two weeks. Looking back I should have known. The fabric is a washer linen. I think I got so lost in the pretty description I completely ignored the word linen. Don’t get me wrong, the fabric is great, but not what I wanted for these projects.
So here is my question: do you always buy swatches first or do you just go for it?
I’ve always just gone for it. I’ve never had a mess up until now, but thinking about the cost and how the shirts won’t be what I invisioned makes me rethink purchasing swatches first. Maybe with quickly picked projects I can go to a shop or wing it if I buy online. And then with projects I have planned out, like my projects in the fall, I can buy swatches to be extra careful.
What are your thoughts, do you think swatches are worth it?