I bought a yard of two of the horizontal greys on the bottom and a yard and a half of the top grey fabric in the photo above. The anticipation was great. I knew August was already busy but to have the grey fabric on hand, washed, dried, pressed, and ready to cut -- the lure was not to be ignored.
The package arrived and when I opened it and saw two greys that leaned so strongly toward purple that I couldn't (and can't) bring myself to call them grey, the disappointment set in. The top grey may work but it truly leans toward green. The greys in the lower half of the photo are the ones I'd already purchased.
I don't know why I don't learn. I suspect it's the lure of quality, name-brand fabrics at great prices and the beautiful (but inaccurate) colors that draw me to online fabric shops.
I need to remind myself why I should not buy fabrics online.
- The colors. The colors shown online are not true. They vary from one monitor to another. Really, fabrics in real life vary in color depending on the light, so why should I expect anything different from photographs of fabrics online. And yet, the colors of fabrics in online photos are different than I see in real life when the fabrics arrive, even when I look at them in different lights.
- The hand. One can't tell how the fabric feels when buying online, whether it falls and folds gently or whether it's thick and stiff, or possibly thin, whether the surface is smooth, or even how smooth it is. No matter how much I love the print or color of a fabric, if it doesn't feel comfortable to my hand, I don't want to use it.
- The quality. I've noticed that different lines of fabric from the same manufacturer vary in quality, especially when it comes to the hand of fabric. One line may be smooth, soft, and flexible while another line may be thinner, less smooth, or even somewhat stiff.
It's frustrating to buy fabric that I can't use for its intended purpose. It's even more frustrating to have spent money on fabric that's not quite what I expected. I see only two ways around this problem.
- Do not buy fabric online.
- Buy online only after having seen the same fabric at a fabric shop.
Do you buy fabric online? If so, what tips do you have to be sure you're satisfied with your purchases?