|Robert Allen Tidal Bay in Pewter|
I previously saw the print (in navy) on Knight Moves. I remembered really liking it then too.
There are lots of colorways. Fabricguru has it in "navy," "pewter," and "ice". The Designer's Attic (a discount fabric blog) sold 2 1/4 yards of it for $57 in "cafe".
Fabricguru is selling it for $5.95 a yard!
Why so cheap? Well, it has a flaw. "A white spot in middle."
Now, as much as I adore fabricguru, this is one of the two reasons I've never bought anything from them before. First off, they have a flat rate shipping fee of $4.99. That's great if you're buying tons of fabric, but for two yards I kind of feel ripped off. Secondly, since they are selling damaged goods online, wouldn't it make sense to take a picture of the damage? Sometimes they do - such as the navy colorway's "scattered white spots" - but for the pewter, if there's a white spot in the picture, I can't find it.
I was a little torn. Should I buy it and risk getting it with a huge white spot in the middle that I can't cover up? Should I buy extra just in case? Maybe it's not worth the risk?
I checked with the boyfriend, who, for the first time ever, actually liked something I showed to him. In fact, I think he was a little jealous that I wasn't buying it for our room, but for our son's room. I want to make a fake roman shade for the large window in his room and I thought this would be the perfect fabric. I plan on using orange trim along the bottom, sort of like this picture.
With the boyfriend's enthusiastic approval, I decided to buy the fabric, risks and all. However, with Christmas on the way, I had to wait for "splurge" money from the sale of the blue bed. You can imagine how frustrating that was - the bed sitting on Craigslist for a week while I agonized over whether the fabric would sell out. Originally, they only had 26 yards and over the next week I saw that slowly drop to only 19 yards.
Luckily, I was finally able to pull the trigger yesterday. I bought 2 yards, which should be plenty to make the shade. I'll do an update when it gets here. There's still a couple of yards left if anyone else is interested. Now that I've gotten the few yards I need, I have no problem passing along the good deal.