The plaid is a lightweight brushed rayon/poly that I got because I want to practice plaid matching. The white/grey/mustard yellow print is a very light and somewhat sheer cotton voille that I would like to make a muslin of the Vogue pattern I recently bought. At $2.79 a yard, I thought this would be good for pratice and I think it might look pretty as a slightly sheer dress to wear over a vintage slip.
The floral and the ikat-inspired prints are both low-stretch knits that fabric.com described as suited for making dresses. I have two patterns that I would like to try making with knit fabric and I have never really sewn with knits. I think the black cotton/lycra that I have in my stash will be good for a circle skirt, but not for a knit dress. I've been reading that you want a lower percentage of stretch, so that it keeps some body and doesn't just show all ones curves and imperfections. I purposfully looked for the stretchiest 4-way stretch fabric when I was searching for yoga clothes fabric a few months ago, so I decided that repurposing it for a skirt and searching out some other less stretchy fabric with which to practice knit dresses would be best.
I really like how fabric.com has lengthy descriptions of their fabrics and you can filter by so many criteria - including percentage of stretch. This is so helpful for online shopping. I also like how you can also filter by print themes, like floral and ikat, etc. and build up a custom search from all different criteria. If you are into a certain trend or idea, this robust search is really a helpful feature. The librarian in me approves.
I'm into both ikat and bold florals right now, conceptually... but I am not sure about wearing loud florals and big patterns. I thought these prints were a good test of the general idea at about $3 each per yard.
I also bought two lots of vintage buttons from ebay - a large red lot and a large yellow lot. I am excited about this investment in having a lot of project options available for pratice... but I know that Rome wasn't built in a day, and that the best stashes are collected over time. I can't recreate what I lost with one marathon online shopping session. I am willing to be patient. I am also now at peace with how much I have shopped for fabric for the moment and am going to skip my trip to Joann's and just sew this weekend.