Fabric review - how they function in real life

Have you ever bought fabric online only to find it's not quite the way you imagined it?

Fabric review - Amy MacLeod

Living in New Zealand, I purchase a lot of my fabrics from overseas. Today I'd love to take you through some of these popular fabrics and let you know how they really are in real life, as well as showing ways you could use them / what colours to pair them with.

1. Dwell Studio Vintage Blossom, in Dove.

I adore the Vintage Blossom line - the designs are so classic yet fresh and just perfect for my aesthetic. We have the yellow version in our lounge, and I've never got bored of it.
Fabric review - Dwell Studio Vintage Blossom - Amy MacLeod

Using this Dove colour, though? Oh, it's trickier than you'd expect!! It's a pale blue with a greyish tone that can easily make your average cream or beige appear really gross and dirty. Our sofa is WHITE but this fabric even made that appear dirty (I guess it's not as clean as I thought). I'd recommend this on PURE white, or even better, against a dark charcoal background., so it pops and appears clear and contrasting.

2. Amy Butler - Soul Blossoms Joy Twilight Peony Amaranth

Amy Butler is reknowned for her quirky, bold colour usage and this one is no exception. My problem with it? It is totally COOL in tone so if you want to pair it with warm neutrals or golds, you better think again.
This one would be best in a white or aqua room, alongside some natural wood and accented with pinks or teals.

Fabric review  - Amy MacLeod

3. Robert Allen Kiki Pinata
I bought this after seeing it on people's blogs, looking all fresh and poppy, paired with aquas and lemons.
You know what? Photos lie!
Fabric review - Kiki Pinata - Amy MacLeod

This one is most definitely AUTUMNAL in colour tone and the browns are far more prominent than they appear in photos or online in the fabric shop. Don't be fooled - you must be prepared to have a strong brownish presence in your space if you're going to use this.

4. Unknown name, sorry
Aqua, tangerine and gold. I originally purchased this to make a dress from, but here I am years later, still hoarding it as a piece of fabric. It's a crinkly weave that looks exceptionally nice in a rugged homely setting - like here with sheep's wool, a rustic brown chair and gold accents. I'm saving this one for just the right occasion.
Fabric review - Amy MacLeod

5. Rosie Raspberry - P Kaufmann.
This is my most recent purchase and I lurve it. My only problem is that I need a space for it! It goes excellently with neutrals and would be a great way to spice up a neutral tan sofa.

Fabric review - Amy MacLeod

Who are your favourite fabric brands / designers / suppliers??

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