Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Swatching the dress

I could hardly contain my excitement when this appeared in my mail last night:

The fabric swatches I ordered from Mood had arrived! Thanks to the kind, generous, and otherwise fabulous Marji, I've been thinking deeply about the final design for the formal dress I'm making for an event in April. And, for the finalized design, I need crepe de chine, chiffon, and either taffeta or dupioni -- all matching. This is going to be a trick.

So, I called Mood. I mean, if Mood doesn't have what I want, then who will, right? I've been in Mood. It's an amazing place. And, I have to admit, the idea of just calling them on the phone and asking them for something seemed... well... intimidating. I put on my best friendly and confident voice, and my conversation went something like this:

Mood: Hello, thank you for calling Mood, how can I help you?
Me: Hi! I was hoping to have some fabric swatches mailed to me.
Mood: Do you know the item numbers?
Me: Uh, no?
Mood: Ugh. Ok, fine. Hold on.
[put on hold]
Mood: Hi, I understand you want some fabric swatched?
Me: Yes.
Mood: What do you need?
Me: I need a Crepe de Chine, a chiffon, and either a taffeta or dupioni to match each other.
Mood: You mean Crepe de Chine? (corrects my pronunciation)
Me: Uhhh... yeah, that's what I mean...
Mood: Ok, what color do you want?
Me: Uhhhh... a medium blue... a little greenish? I have a pantone color number, if that helps?
Mood: No, that doesn't help. Do you want a... [lists about 20 different shades of blue I have never heard of]... kind of blue?
Me: Uhhhhhh..... I'm not really....
Mood: Maybe a peacock blue?
Me: YES! Yes, that should work.

I didn't really know what to expect after I had this somewhat mortifying conversation. But, I was pleasantly surprised when I tore open my package:

Many different shades of blue and blue-green in several different types of fabric. Sadly, there was no chiffon, which I was a little bummed about because in some ways, that is the most important fabric for the dress I'm going to be making. But, I am thinking about three fabrics in particular:

The top is a silk charmeuse; the middle is crepe de chine, and the bottom is a china silk (which looks more green in person). I like the idea of working with the crepe de chine the best, but I like the color of the charmeuse the best.

Anyway, the jury is still out. I just spent over $30 on swatches from NY Fashion Center. I'll be waiting eagerly for my next shipment of swatches!


Summerset said...

Oh, those colors are very pretty! Good luck with the next set of swatches - isn't it fun getting them in the mail?

quilterlee said...

I like the middle, too.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I like the color of the charmeuse best, too. I'm surprised you didn't hang up while being transferred! I'm not good with snobby salespeople (though I should say when I've gone to Mood in person they have been super nice).

Gwen said...

What beautiful colors! I remember when you got the set of swatches for your wedding gown - that was the first time I had even heard of ordering swatches. ;)

I still haven't ordered any fabric swatches, but I recently got a bunch of yarn samples to help with my new endeavor of weaving...