I’m happy to report I made tons more money than I expected at my Christmas craft fairs. Which is just as well as I’ve been buying fabric like it’s the end of the world recently. So, in an organisational flurry I thought it would be sensible to actually try to match fabrics with upcoming sewing projects. Note: these are only the fabrics I’ve matched up, there are many, many more new purchases sitting in my stash box waiting hopefully to be paired up with a pattern.
First up is this old lady-style cotton lawn, which I’m using for Gertie’s Crepe dress sew along.
The style of the Crepe dress is quite flowery and old fashioned and weirdly I haven’t actually got a flowery dress. Plus I LOVE grey and red!
Next up is this beautiful Japanese double gauze fabric I ordered from Fabric Tales.
I’d never heard of this website before until Nathalie (fellow fabric fiend with very similar taste to me) suggested it as a good place to get double gauze. Double gauze was suggested by Gertie as a suitable choice for the Crepe dress as it’s beautifully drapey for dressmaking. She wasn’t wrong - I can’t stop stroking it. Double gauze IS quite expensive, but as Fabric Tales is based in Japan it’s cheaper than buying in the UK (or the States) and the carriage is really reasonable and ridiculously fast considering it’s coming so far.
I tried to describe the pattern to some girlfriends at a birthday drinks do the other night but don’t really think my description did it justice (“it’s grey with giant chrysanthemums and deer and lions in the background”). I could have sworn it had lions on it, maybe I’d had one Babycham too many. I think the full panel needs to be seen on this fabric so I’m going to make another Socialite dress.
Yes, I know the first one was grey too but it just means I’m sure to wear it often (I’ve worn the first one a LOT).
Moving on, we have another double gauze from Fabric Tales.
Again, badly described to my friends the other night (“It sort of has rabbits heads all over it”). Now I know “30’s blouse’ wouldn’t normally pop into your head on first sight of this fabric, but I really think it’s would be perfect for the blouse from this pattern.
I won this pattern in Debi’s giveaway at My Happy Sewing Place. Debi’s been so supportive to me as a rookie blogger (and sewist) and is so excited to see what I make with the pattern that I’m determined to take my time over this one and do her proud. I may even rein in my laziness and make a muslin (!)
Finally, after I’ve finished the Crepe dress I’ll be doing the Pendrell blouse sewalong hosted by Tasia at Sewaholic. She’s just produced her very first commercial pattern which I got my mitts on yesterday and it looks fab.
Again, drapey fabrics are suggested so I thought I’d buy my very first voile. There was a lot of excitement about the Anna Maria Horner Little Folks voiles this summer but I never got my act together to buy any (I couldn’t make my mind up which was my favourite). But when I saw her new collection of Innocent Crush voiles at M is for Make yesterday my favourite print definitely jumped out at me. Surprise surprise it’s this one...