Gentle readers- prepare to be shocked. Nay- appalled. I have some news for you that may cause some discomfort and, in extreme cases, fainting. Brace yourselves, folks.
But let’s talk fabric. I struggle to find vintage fabric in Canberra- the op shops are completely picked clean which means that I generally buy retail. And what an adventure it is! I am not one of those organised and calm shoppers. I run in, a handful of patterns in my sweaty grasp, and flit from rack to rack like a squirrel on caffeine. I end up completely ignoring the patterns I hold and instead get distracted by textures and prints which results in carrying at least 6 bolts of cloth in my arms. Then I try and navigate the aisles to source notions and things get messy fast. On the plus side, I apparently entertain whomever I’m with by finding odd bits and pieces and running around with them like I’ve won an Oscar. Case in point- the giant, hot pink ric rac.
Not sure what I’m going to do with it but it is sassy!
All in all, this haul came in with eight different fabrics which should keep me out of trouble for a while. I’ve sorted these into three piles.
First, the neutrals. These are for two skirts (black and brown) and lining for a couple of projects. I also picked up some muslin calico which I haven’t shown. The brown and black are a cotton twill sateen and have a nice weight to them for some work skirts.
But, the piece de resistance. I had been searching for a lovely summer dress cotton for 20 minutes and had given up. Then when queuing for the cash register I saw this shoved under some flannels and had to make it mine. Gentle readers, my current favourite fabric…
How freaking cool is this? The colour of the polkadots blow my mind. I love it so much and intend to make Colette’s Chantilly from this sassy number. I so can’t wait!
I’m starting sewing together my muslin tonight so tomorrow will document the challenges I face.