I am working on a Pendrell blouse with some fabric that I bought at fabric depot in Portland, OR last time I was home visiting my parents. The other afternoon while I was running the fabric through Elphaba (who was doing a marvelous job of seaming), I got to thinking about how luscious the fabric felt in my hands. It was soft, with just enough thickness in it to tell me it wasn't quilting cotton, just enough stretch to tell me that it was going to feel marvelous on my body, and just enough texture to make my fingers hum with excitment! Do you ever let yourself completely drown in the tactile experience of exploring your fabric? Does just the feel of a certain fabric make you dream up particular garments or projects or memories?
|The fabric that has me gushing about texture|
When I pre-washed it, I debated whether or not to use fabric softener in the wash. I ended up using the fabric softener, but it did get me to wondering if my online sewing cronies had any thoughts. Softener? No softener? What do you do with yours? I love using it to help my fabric become even softer right from the get-go, but I am curious to whether or not it is a bad idea, especially with a very first wash.
So what are your thoughts? Recommendations? Horror stories? Please, do share.