2008-12-03

I Love Dressew!

This morning I woke up very early (considering I no longer have classes now) to head over to the Dressew fabric store right at its 9:00 opening time. I spent about an hour browsing through the many aisles of colorful fabrics, trims, zippers, feathers, sequins, and everything else imaginable to do with clothes. I had no particular plan in mind, but armed with my trusty camera, I took note of anything and everything that happened to catch my eye. Here are some of the photos I took, along with captions of what thoughts were percolating in my brain at the time.


I really do love the combination of orange and pink. I could see these being worked in to a silky blouse and flouncy mini.


Orange and pink again! How about twisting and folding the fabric into a colorful dress a la Ungaro?


I don't know what I was thinking with this one. Maybe mixing it in with something sheer or silky?


I love this splatter print!


The white or black version of this would make a great pair of leggings. But why not other colors too?


As simple sculptured strapless dress? Or bustier worn over sweaters?


Nice accent prints. Would look great as the lining of a jacket.


Is it crazy that I want a dress from this shredded material? At least a skirt?


Very pretty lace detailing. Would make a nice necklace/collar with many of them.


I always liked how the girls from Gossip Girl wore ribbons around their neck sometimes instead of ties.


All of the neon zippers you could possibly dream of. I wonder if my grandma would be able to make a layered zipper necklace?


Faux fur in a sort of plaid-like pattern. This would make a gorgeous jacket.


I love how some fabrics are stained around the raw edges. For some reason it brings to mind something that Prada might do. I will ask if they have entire fabrics with this sort of stained effect next time. It's so pretty.


Green and blue would make a nice color combination as well.


I love this moire pattern! I have a light blue skirt in a similar fabric that I haven't posted about it. I want it shortened a bit.


I'm starting to appreciate soft color palettes more. Again, these would look nice as a silk top/skirt pairing.


The wall of fringe! I want a dress in the light blue or grey.


I could see this rope being twisted into a spiral circle and added on top of the shoulders of a blazer. Are you guys still with me or is this post way too self-indulgent?


Neck ruffles?

And last but not least, after scouring the entire store, I finally stumbled upon my beloved blue pleated trim. I thought they didn't have it anymore! It's rather odd to be so obsessed over trim but there you have it.



It was certainly a lovely way to start the morning. I then grabbed a chai latte and cradled it smiling happily on my skytrain ride home. I didn't even buy anything but I was still left with a pleasant buzz for the rest of the afternoon. Now it's time to get back to those practice exams that seem to be glaring at me crossly for being neglected.

27 comments:

Amelia said...

This is a fun post. I love the lace detailing and the fringe. What are you going to make?

Sabrina said...

I'M not going to be making very much myself because I've only ever taken things in with the sewing machines but my grandma will help me. I can't make patterns for the life of me.

I have an idea in mind for the light blue fringe dress, and the silk top/skirt combo, and maybe a cocoon jacket with the faux fur.

I might try the fringe dress first. It would make an exciting New Year's outfit.

I just hope I get around to it! I'm notorious for getting ideas that never come to fruition.

Shay said...

haha, I took tons of photos there awhile ago - the space so invites it. One of my favorite stores in Vancouver since I was a little kid, hope the changing of the area doesn't affect it...

The Frocker said...

These pictures are lovely, especially the ones of the stained fabric and the ropes. I wish we had a fabric store with as much selection as this Dressew.

The Vancouverista said...

ohmanohman!
I spent an hour at Dressew today! It was soooooo good. I mostly bought things for xmas presents that I'm making for people. I love that store to death.

cupofstyle said...

beautiful photographs sabrina!

-h of candid cool said...

this is all so beautiful to see. i esp. like the 2nd picture of the pink/orange, it does remind me of something ungaro did but years ago, maybe 2004ish im thinking.
i love tropical colors.

Parapluie said...

Wow, that looks like sewing- heaven! Amazing!

*Lady D* said...

Great photographs! Just looking at them has me feeling inspired as well

detailsofthefabric said...

those are gorgeous photos! =) is all the fabric there pretty inexpensive? All those lovely colours are so inspirational; makes me want to pick up some sewing skills too. I love the grey fabric with braid-like pattern...

Rose said...

I wish I had such a nice fabric store near by :( Love your blog. Thanks for sharing!

Vintage Tea said...

Oh my god I love this! your photos are amazing. The fabric store is one of my favorite places to go. I just wish there was a bigger one around where I stay.

x

TheMinx said...

wow wow wow. I love all of these, so imspiring. Great blog!!

THE HOUSE OF STYLE said...

i adore fabric and trimming shops!im in them for hours,just browsing and thinking of possibilities.
muah
xx
Marian

boubou said...

I love these association of fabrics ;) i m inspired a lot !
i put your blog on my blog roll its very very inspiring !
A Bientot !
Bouchra
Boubouteatime

SOS! said...

I love shopping for fabrics! I like going with nothing in mind, and the fabrics usually sprint up ideas in my head..

xx- LJ from SOS!

Demi said...

I reaaallly want to go to a fabric store now!!
gorgeous photos, I particuarly love the wall of fringe!!
xx

Fashion Tidbits said...

wow! the detail in these photos are amazing

JEYQ said...

i would have fainted in there! did you get anything?

Belowen said...

Oh dear, you've made me want to create!

adele said...

you take such beautiful photos.

Justine said...

Dressew is amazing!!! Too bad the employees have like no soul, haha.

- Cheese said...

It looks like a dream for me who lives in a small town with no quantity of fabrics!

dmakeupartist said...

cool.i love it :)

TeeEmCee said...

One visit to the dressmakers shop COMING UP!!

I DIY some of my clothes, but am thinking of getting some embroidery etc to try and make a Balmain-esque military jacket. Will post pics on my blog when complete!

katherinemae said...

Fantastic post, so many great ideas and beautiful photos.. I wish my fabric store here carried such a huge variety of 'accessoires' as fringe&zippers..

Sabrina said...

Justine: What is soulless about the employees?