Uh-oh. After making myself a promise that I wouldn’t buy more than £50 worth of fabric every month, I bought more fabric. But I couldn’t resist this fantastic website after Gertie of Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing featured it earlier this week. Fabrictales.com features absolutely stunning Japanese prints (traditional and modern) plus kooky quirky designs and tactile details such as rippling and double gauze. I also liked the fact that one of their lightweight cottons was described as perfect for ‘hot sweaty times’. This is what I plumped for in the end:
Isn’t this cute? Would make a great dress for a little girl, or an unusual vintage blouse, or even the centre piece of a log cabin quilted cushion.
This is dreamy. It’s cherry blossoms on top and traditional asanoha stars on bottom layer so completely reversible. I have a forthcoming project to knock up a pair of Colette Bloomers so it might be perfect for that, though reversible knickers might be a bit forward thinking. Perhaps a pyjama set or a retro ‘Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave ‘Em’ dressing gown? Betty (Spencer – not Draper) is grossly underrated as a style icon you know.
Finally, my favourite. Look at the grain on it! I’m thinking of using this for a dress project – either Simplicity 3836 which Nibbles and Bytes has done a stunning version of.
Or McCall 2401, of which Tilly and the Buttons made a masterpiece for her very first dress
I guess which one I choose depends on the drape and feel of the cotton. Exciting though. Now I just have to wait for it to be delivered. Ooh the anticipation!
Later today I’m off to a Wardrobe Cloning Workshop at Oh Sew Brixton. I’m bringing two dresses to clone. No sewing – just pattern making today. Hopefully I’ll have something to share later this week! What about you? Any fantastic sewing courses to recommend?