Gertie: How did you get started with Gorgeous Fabrics?
Ann: Gorgeous Fabrics grew out of my previous business, Gorgeous Things. Gorgeous Things was a manufacturer of women's handbags and accessories. One time a vendor suggested, after seeing me wearing a dress I had made, that I try selling fabrics. I tried an experiment where I bought 15 yards of a fabric I had used to make a dress. I put the fabric up on my blog and it sold out in less than 6 hours! And so it began.
What's the most gorgeous fabric in your shop right now?
Oh, that's a really hard one! Of course, I love the Parisian couture fabrics, though most of them have sold out. This one, Tea at the Ritz Bouclé, is so sumptuous! But I also love a lot of the knits, and the stretch, and the wools, and the silks, and the cottons . . .
What's been your favorite part of your business so far?
The people I meet. I'm really fortunate that I'm doing something I adore, and it allows me to meet all sorts of great people. I have clients all over the world. They range from people who sew for themselves to designers who manufacture clothing for a wide range of clientele. I really LOVE it when customers send me pictures of things they have made with my fabrics. That's the best!
So how did you get that fabulous picture with Tim Gunn?
That picture came from the finale party for Season 4 of Project Runway. I was invited to the party as the "official" Project Rungay photographer. Tom and Lorenzo and I were talking when Tim Gunn came running over to say hello to them. Then he looked at me and said, "And who is this?" and gave me a big kiss on both cheeks. It was one of the best nights of my life! You can read about it here and here on my blog.
Isn't Ann just lovely? Also lovely is the sale going on at Gorgeous Fabrics. Everything is 24% off TODAY and then most fabrics are 20% off through this Sunday the 28th.
There are so many beauties that I don't know where to start! But how about taking a look at the silk 4-ply crepe in coral or perhaps some shantung in jewel colors like this emerald green? And then there's this fantastic polka dot stretch charmeuse. And I'm sure you'll want some deep red wool crepe to go with that, right? Oh dear, we could really be here all day . . . I hope you'll go over to Gorgeous Fabrics to see for yourself!