Me-made-May is really good for pointing out the obvious. I should focus my precious time on stuff that is truly useful for my real life, instead of what's fun (shiny, new) and will garner lots of pageviews.
|I have worn this flannel robe every night in our dreary month of May.|
|See how badly faded the windowpane plaid and the small floral are compared to the geometric?|
|The inside facing shows more fading on the part that got more sunlight.|
|Right and left got the same sun exposure, but the results are different.|
The blue with pink flowers fabric is what I call chain-store or Joann's quality*. It looks the same at the store. But, once washed, you can tell that it is printed on lower quality cotton. The thread count is not as fine. The cotton is not as long staple, so they have to add chemical finishes to make it feel smooth in the store. The dyes are cheaper and not sun-resistant.
If you have enough money, buy quality. If you don't have the money, find someone with good taste in your area who is de-stashing. ;-)
I gave 3 bags of fabric and patterns to one of Iris' classmates who is learning to sew. Amazingly, I still have more.
* Joann's now sells "premium cotton" prints which are discontinued old stock "quilt-shop quality" cottons. The selvedge will state the artist and fabric mill/company info and a copyright date that is 3-5 years past. Pass up the stuff that says made expressly for Joann's.