What to Make with This Marimekko Fabric?

Earlier this week I was wandering around a Crate & Barrel store in Union Square in San Francisco and saw several bolts of Marimekko fabric on sale. They were tucked away on the second floor at the store on Stockton St. This is the floor with furniture, pillows, and bolts of beautiful fabric. I saw this stunning design and the bolt said $7.50 so I thought – oh, nice price – thinking it was $7.50 a yard. Then I asked, “Is that the price per yard”? Ha. It was the price per foot. Darn. Apparently this was the holiday fabric from last year (note the trees) thus the sale price. I think the expectation is that people buy the fabric at Crate & Barrel for wall hangings, table runners or table cloths, not garments. (Note: Crate & Barrel’s online store only has Marimekko products, not Marimekko fabric.)

Marimekko fabric

I would have loved to get a couple yards but I didn’t want to spend more than $30. It’s about 58 inches wide so decided I could afford 4 four feet, which is enough for a skirt or even a shift dress. I’m leaning towards a shirt. Maybe this will end up being my Fall for Cotton fabric. (After a burn test, I think the other fabric I was considering has some synthetic in it. See my Fall for Cotton post.)
It’s a medium-weight 100 percent cotton fabric. It’s machine wash warm, line dry only.

What garment would you make with this Marimekko fabric?

Author: Chuleenan

Chuleenan sews, collects hats and shoes, and is a fabric addict. She is also the organizer for the Bay Area Sewists Meetup group.

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