Since the beginning of this month, I had this trip to Ann Taylor planned because I hadn't been to the store in months.
It was all about seeing and feeling the fabrics and taking mental notes of which fabric was used for what type of garment.
The only problem was, I had company and when I'm snoop shopping I kinda like to do it either alone or with someone who understands what I'm up too so they don't distract me too much.
But nevertheless, good research was collected this time around.
As for Ann Taylor, things have changed. I would say a few years ago, I would have walked into the store expecting to see more cotton and cotton blend garments but like every other retail clothing store, knits have taken over.
The Jungle floral print dress was the first one I looked at. I knew it was polyester but the texture really felt like a polyester.
No, you didn't read that wrong. Commercially used synthetic fabrics have advanced to the point that most fabrics looks very similar to some type of cotton, silk or wool so I was really shocked that the fabric used for this dress actually looked like a shiny polyester.
It was soft though, not scratchy.
I understand why they used the shiny polyester, the print looks like a glossy photo and the colors are vibrant. It would have looked matte on a regular cotton. Cotton Sateen would have been a good substitute but sateen does have a way of washing out with time.
The print alone would sell this dress, but I was thinking, if it was just the solid green version of this fabric on a bolt, I would never even look at it twice.
The pleated waist sleeveless dress feels like it is made out of rayon jersey; smoothe to the touch and light weight. I wanted to see how the pleats looked in real life. If they would stand away from the body or sit flat. Well as you may have guessed, its semi fitted at the hipline which helps to constrict the pleats and keep them down. I think this is more suited for a leaner figure based on where the pleats are on the hipline.
The skirt of the Dash print blouson dress remains me of simplicity 2512. The front overlay of the tulip skirt is stitched down at the seam of the biasbinding edging so its fullly concealed. I like this, its just another way to acheive a faux wrap dress but keep everything concealed. The fabric felt like an ITY jersey.
You know I must take at least one display photo. I love them. The side ruched dress looks like vogue 1250 with ruching at the left waistline. Very easy to make that simple adjustment and it also felt like rayon jersey.
The flutter sleeveless jersey dress was heavier than I had expected. It felt heavier than the typical rayon jersey even though it looked just like it. Due to the weight of the dress, it is opaque and it looks very expensive, therefore I see why they used this type of knit, a good quality knit is necessary to make an LBD, the last thing you want is a flimsy, washed out looking LBD.
The Art stripes tank maxi also suprised me.I have no idea why I thought this one was made out of a knit. I think I was getting it mixed up with something else I saw. Even though its made out of that type of polyester that looks like silk crepe, the print is rich and the dress itself looks really good.
The waist-sleeveless top, this blouse got my attention because of the topstitched hem and tie band. Such a pretty detail on an otherwise simple top.
The painted stripes halter dress I have always been a fan of brushstroke prints but the knit used for this dress also has a texture. Good attention to detail, it feels like how it looks.