several weeks ago, i dreamt about fabric shopping. the first time you have this dream, you think whoah! i actually dreamt about fabric shopping! i'm like a supersewasaurusrex! then it becomes a nightly thing. sewists from across the world populate the dim hours and you drink and rollerskate and pet giraffes with them, and you wake up needing to go find the sleepy yardage.
so you hightail it to dallas' fabric district, comprised of a haphazard handful of warehouses on harry hines boulevard, peppered with rug and jewelry and shoe outlets. you hope to not be kidnapped in some sunny but wildly deserted corner between buildings, and you are rewarded for your bravery.
one very helpful proprietor informed me that most of the fabrics in these goliaths are closeouts. so it's hit or miss, and important that you leave pleeeeennnty of time to dig. my favorites were wherehouse spandex (an offshoot of wherehouse, also good). acquired at these sister stores: silky chiffons of a saturn sized peacock, and a dive-in-with-rose-colored-glasses print...
and this digalicious jersey panel combo border print. the lovely lady in front of me at the cutting table was buying $600 worth of fabric. as usual, i was delusional-- i'm helping the little guy out with my purchase! akin to oh look saturday night live is giving this unknown geeky ke$ha chick a chance! yeah. popular music knowledge, i haz it. everywhere i went, there was someone in front of me buying bolts upon bolts while i clutched my three yards please.
i saved the ginormous golden d'or for last...
to be specific, their back clearance room. the joint is so big it took five minutes to find the back end. aaaaaand they stow the cutting shears at 5pm on the dot, so it got a little hairy when i realized all the clearance yardage wrapped on square cardboard bolts was NOT quilting cotton. frantic at 4:53, i snagged cottons of all apparel weight persuasion, and this fantastic bee colored rayon print.
and i even found the dream yardage too. yep. black polka dots. apparently my waking life is so technicolor, my dreamstate mind thinks black is REALLY out there.