Oops… I did it again

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:
Ripple whales in pink

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.

Double Gauze Reversible Asanoha Cherry Blossoms in Pink 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.

Ume Branch on Light BlueFinally, 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?


4 thoughts on “Oops… I did it again

  1. Those are some gorgeous prints. I think I would have gone above my self imposed limits for them also. And I agree that I think that last one is the best. Best of luck with getting them into some projects 🙂

  2. I haven’t made anything for a while – but wondered how you decided how much fabric to buy of the one you like – given it is expensive and that unless you know what you are making you don’t know how much you will need of any one fabric.

    Have you ever had the situation where you have the perfect fabric for a pattern but not enough of it and you can’t buy any more? What then? Or is there a perfect amount to buy where you know you will be able to make most things from it and/or have some leftover for patchwork afterwards?

    • Hi Bridie,

      Oh goodness that’s a very good question. The answer is – it depends! If I have a project in mind and know roughly how much material is required then I’ll go for that plus a bit more to be on the safe side. If I really love the fabric but don’t know what I’ll use it for I generally go for three metres or three yards as I know if I go down the dress route that will probably be sufficient.

      Am trying to think of a fabric-shortage situation and the closest I can get is using vintage fabric and running out of it which is gutting because you want to use it for EVERYTHING. But, you have to let it go and move on.You can always find something else just as lovely, but different. So I suppose for me, three metres is optimum. I have been known to buy five or more – but that’s usually when the fabric is £2 a metre and I always regret it because I’ve tired of the fabric before I’ve run out of projects!


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