I realized after my last post that I had forgotten to mention where I'd gotten all that fabric from. I'll be posting about my new dress ideas later this evening, as promised, but let's take a slight detour in the meantime so I can share this information with you.
All the linen
was ordered from my linen supplier of choice- fabrics-store.com.
They have a very wide selection of colors and weights, all at some of
the lowest prices for linen you might ever find. They also have regular
sales which you can be notified of if you sign up for their emails. All
linen I ordered was their medium weight, 5.3 oz., which they have the
most colors of. It's good for most purposes, depending on the color and
its respective transparency.
Most of the wool, the three
twills, are from Class Act Fabrics. I haven't received them yet, but I
requested swatches of each, and I'm very excited about them! Linda at
Class Act is very easy to get a hold of in the evenings or through
email, and she worked with me to send the swatches she thought would
work the best for what I wanted to create. It was actually very
difficult to decide among all the great samples she sent! She offers a
rotating selection of wools, silks and linens, and most of the wools are affordably priced under $20/yrd.
The white wool is
coming from Wm. Booth Draper (along with a rosewood needle case.) Wm.
Booth caters to 17th-19th century groups, but since linen & wool
fabrics then really weren't that much different than they were in the
late middle ages, I find their selection an appropriate source. They are
well priced on their 100% wools (I would say the average is about $18/yrd).
definitely recommend ordering swatches of any materials you're
interested in before making a commitment. All these suppliers offer free
swatches (except that Class Act may charge for expensive, rare
swatches). Wools and linens are investments, so it's a good idea to double check what you're getting first so you know if it's worth the cost.