Sometimes the prices are great, sometimes they are expensive and I admit I do indulge myself (with rationalizations like "this is my only vice, so it's OK!!")
I notice that I sew a LOT of fabrics from Gorgeous Fabrics when I am testing a pattern I almost trust. I guess it is the price point - the fabrics are really cute and good quality, but not ruinously expensive. Those garments often turn out well, like Laura's Halloween costume.
When I am feeling ambitious but not 100% confident, I will sew with the fabrics I bought at last summer's big sale at A Fabric Place, or pieces from the remnant table at G Street. These are fantastic fabrics but since I got them for a song, I am not too sad if things don't turn out just right. Yet one of my favorite blouses came from a remnant I got for FREE because it was just a few very odd shaped scraps that were headed for the trash can. That's the nice thing about a garment with lots of pieces- you can sqeak it out of a minimum of fabric.
But boy am I careful with the fabrics at that higher price point! I make sure my pattern will work and I don't work when I am tired.
That is the plan for this gouping I just bought from Emma One Sock. I will be using patterns developed from Bernina My Label and each one is super quick and they fit like a dream.
I am so happy with the Bernina software and I will post more garments from it.
Above, clockwise, I will make a cardigan, a raincoat, a tunic, a skirt, another tunic, and a tank top that will work as a layer under the cardigan and one of the tunics.
It should be a fast sew.
How about you? Do you have a "psychology of fabric selection"?