I can't believe how many beautiful fabrics there are on the market now.
It makes me want to sew *gasp* skirts!
I learned to sew in high school from Ms. Issel the best home-ec teacher ever. In my senior year I spent five of my seven periods a day in either a home-ec class or the art room. I made a lot of my clothes in high school and college and clothes for my kids when they were little. But I lost all desire to make clothes after that. For years the fabrics did not seem terribly interesting and the novelty prints were just dorky. When I starting dyeing and painting fabric I stopped buying printed fabric all together.
It seems like some of the fabric companies are getting wiser bringing in a whole new pool of talent like Heather Bailey, Anna Maria Horner and Denyse Schmidt, to name just a few, who are designing irresistible fabrics. Also we now have great online fabric resources like Sew Mama Sew, Purl Soho and Repro Depot, no longer having to rely on the less than mediocre selections from the big chain fabric stores.