For the past few months, hubby has been pestering me to make some Hawaiian shirts for him, since the purchased ones he has are falling apart (he moves very animatedly, so clothes take a lot of beating just from washing and wearing). So far I've managed to get out of it by making up the excuse that there are no good Hawaiian fabrics around here.
Then today, via Tasia, I found this store, Hawaii's Fabricmarts.
Real Hawaiian prints!
And those are just six prints that I really like. They also have silks and rayons, although not quite extensive as the cottons.
As you can tell, I'm quite partial to blues (the last one with the khaki background I just threw in for giggles), big floral prints (preferably hibiscus, Hawaii's state flower; the second-to-last with the bikes I think is funny; no small prints, they can look dowdy), with at least two contrast foreground colors. Those, my dear reader(s), are my requirements for Hawaiian prints. In my non-Hawaiian life I prefer non-blues and solids.
Anyway, if I read it correctly, the store requires a minimum of 5-yards each pattern and 20-yards total for online purchases. Wow - that would make a lot of cute little cotton summer dresses! Oh. Wait. I would have to make shirts for hubby first. Damn. Hmm... What new excuse to use? *Scans through excuse book.* A-ha! Either "I don't know how to sew collars and buttonholes" or "I've used up my fabric allowance for the next couple of months" should work for a while. Both are true.