COMMON PATTERNS AND TEXTURES OF HOME DECOR FABRIC
Just from a purely aesthetic stand point, there are some beautiful fabrics. But this is the real thrill, we can take these beautiful pieces of art, and turn them into clothing, bags or just simply frame them on the wall. We can wrap ourselves in them, stomp on them, sit on them, wash them, and still, they remain beautiful works of art. Try doing that with a Rembrandt. And also, unlike a Rembrandt, you can choose your role in this work—the frame, an afterthought, or the central character.
Because home decor fabric is so expensive--I shop for it a little differently. Instead of going for a specific project, I regularly sift through certain favorite haunts, and stock up. My philosophy is, "If you buy the fabric--the pattern will appear." Although I rarely have something specific in mind, I have usually reviewed the latest patterns, or know the stash of patterns I have at home. I do this so I don't box myself into certain expectations. I do, however, have a concept of how much fabric I will need for certain types of coats, suits, pant suits, skirt suits, dress suits, etc. and I have a concept of the flexibility I will need for each item of clothing--For instance, a heavy tapestry would not make a nice pair of pants..but a jacket or coat--yes. I have never paid more then $8.00 a yard—and even then I wept. I have always found more than enough in the red tags to break my budget.
Most home décor stores will not honor competitor’s prices—but if you pay less than half off the retail price, you have paid too much. There is usually some weekly or monthly sale, and if not, look for coupons. It is possible with some stores to get 70% off of current stock. Just be a good shopper, and you can end up with a great value in coat, suit or dress.
The type of style, weight and design you find in home décor, is what you will find in the eau couture sections of Massey’s, Noordstrom, Belk etc. Even paying $25.00 for three yards that will get you a skirt and jacket is a steal. The style, texture and rich use of color you find in home décor, will quite literally take you to the next level in fashion.
Because the intended use of fabric is functional, it has certain unique characteristics.
As mentioned in my earlier post, the design and weight are to prevent the fabric from stretching out of shape as we stand or sit on it. But the design satisfies another function, to decorate a large space—or help to decorate that space. As this fabric is viewed from a distance, colors, texture and design can be bolder and more aggressive.
The following are traditional designs found in home décor.