In the meantime, my favorite online fabric place had a linen sale. Linen is a very practical fabric here in SoCal - I bought a ton. :) All but the coral has been washed up and is ready to use (I wash fabric as soon as I get it and store it clean and ready-to-go). (But even though I"m pretty confident in this company and things being dye-fast, I give an initial washing in similar colors. Red & blue aren't similar colors, so coral is still in the laundry.
Here's the fabric straight out of the box. Getting these colors photographed true is a miserable job... and some of that has bitten me in the tail. The coral is the only one I've not re-photographed. It's for me, I'm going to make a button-down with it.
This is a french-blue linen (allegedly) hanging in the sun - this is as true to color as I can snap a pic. This was SUPPOSED to be a shirt for my hubs, but in the picture online, it was much darker and appeared much finer grain. It's nice fabric, but it's not shirting. A casual dress? A casual *short* dress? Not for *me*, I look horrible in this color...
Yarn-dyed white and aqua linen. This comes out as an ice aqua. Ice colors, as opposed to pastel colors, are very hard to find. My mom is a Winter, and I snagged this for her. (Don't tell, it'll be a present). (No, she doesn't read my blogs).
Baby Blue. Also destined to be a button-down for DH.
Taupe/beige: A long-sleeved shirt for my dad (don't tell!).
Linen acquisition and cyclic exhaustion have rearranged my sewing priorities. On top of the table (after I finish that shirt) are a slip for my daughter (so she can wear her white dress), the shirt for my dad (his bday si coming up) and my Easter dress. After that? I don't know! I do know I have gardening to do, and my yard is rioting.
Lots of creativity here *always*, because that's how I roll. :)