It’s Valentine’s Day, so let’s talk about love. Or rather, lust. There’s this fabric I lust after… And I probably will never get it. It doesn’t exist as far as I know, and I suppose I could have it custom woven, but I’m terrified of what the cost would end up being. But, oh, what I wouldn’t do for 10 yards of something like this:

Detail of ikat silk taffeta from a gown in the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute.

Detail of ikat silk taffeta from a gown in the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute.

I know the cheaper alternative would be to digitize a pattern and upload it to Spoonflower, but I’m a purist. And Spoonflower doesn’t print on taffeta. So, this will remain my holy grail fabric and I will quest for it endlessly until it is mine. Which will probably be never, since I seem to have an issue with wanting a specific type of fabric and then being unable to ever find it.

What’s your holy grail in costuming?