Recently, a family friend of ours travelled to St. Lucia for vacation. As a surprise, she brought back a couple of yards of fabric for me as a souvenir. Our friend knows that I really love plaids and checkers and bright colours, so this is what she picked out (see picture below).
I haven't decided what I'm going to make with the fabric yet, but I love that whatever I do decide to make already has an interesting story behind it - that it was made from fabric from the Caribbean.
I don't currently have any vacations planned, but I decided that from now on, I will make it my mission to buy a few yards of fabric whenever I travel. It doesn't even have to be anywhere far - it could even be to a nearby city I've never visited before. I just love the idea of having a closet filled with clothes made from fabric different cities and countries from all around the world.
If you can't afford to travel, you may even want to just check out fabric shops in your own city that you've never been to before. If you're like me, sometimes you get into a routine of just visiting the same trusted favorites over and over again. Or you can do what a friend of mine who sews did - she asked a fellow co-worker to bring her back some fabric from a visit home to India. It was fun to see what the co-worker ended up picking out - a beautiful royal blue silk fabric with embroidered flowers.
If I figure out what I would like to make with my St. Lucia fabric, I will definitely let you know. Meanwhile, happy sewing and happy travels!