Monday, 16 May 2011

Patterns and prints

Wow, what a fantastic time we had on Saturday at the Goldhawk Road Fabric Fandango (read Karen’s and Tilly’s posts for much better descriptions/pictures than I could ever do). As I live quite locally I restrained myself on the fabric buying front and just bought some silk lining for my forthcoming Oolong dress plus a funny little strawberry print which I’ll probably make into a bag.  But fabric buying wasn't the reason I went along, I went for the once in a blue moon opportunity of meeting all my favourite bloggers in one place.  And boy did they not disappoint!  I got to meet some of the nicest and most talented people ever - it really was an absolute pleasure.  And we talked about fabric non-stop all afternoon. What more could you ask for really? It was a great day which I’ll remember fondly for quite some time to come.  Thank you so much Karen for making it happen. 

In other news, I recently had a re-order from the lady mentioned here for more of the zipped purses I made for her, yippee.  Along with fabric combinations I know sell well at craft fairs, I added in a few new ones from recent fabric splurges.  I’ve used this combination before in a bag so thought I’d give it a go as a make-up bag.

These are a few fat quarters I picked up in M is For Make’s recent sale..

A gold star for anybody who can tell me why the lining of this make-up bag looks familiar

I’ve used this combination before too but not at a craft fair.  I sent a similar one to Karen from Did you Make That? as a thank you for a very kind favour she did for my son. It went down very well, so I’ve added it to my list!

and more polka dots…

And finally, some of my very kind friends clubbed together and bought me Liberty vouchers for my birthday.  The vouchers were burning a huge hole in my pocket, so as soon as I had a free day I hot-footed it into town to spend them.  Choosing a favourite Liberty print is a bit like asking you to choose your favourite child (well, not quite but it’s pretty difficult!) But when I saw this particular print I immediately fell for it.  

The fabric is designed by illustrator Lauren Child (of Charlie and Lola fame), and I love the way she’s managed to combine an old school Liberty style print with her own quirky style. But really, navy with red accents just isn’t my thing…. JOKE!  It’s COMPLETELY my thing and I absolutely adore it.  I’m planning to make a Colette pattern Violet blouse with it, but I think I’ll give the pattern a test run first with a lesser fabric. Happy Monday. x


  1. These are wonderful. I love zippered bags. Great fabrics!

  2. A Lauren Child fabric? I had no idea! How gorgeous. Did you buy that green polka dot at Goldhawk Road on Saturday? I'm so glad you came along and enjoyed it. Thanks for your support.

  3. I had no idea either - here's the link showing the rest of her designs

  4. It was fabulous to meet you on Saturday! Wow, liberty vouchers..what an amazing gift!!!

  5. I love the Lauren Child too. I am so jealous of your fabric shopping trip! The West Country seems to be a bit of a fabric wilderness, I have to wait until I visit my daughter in Brighton.

  6. Such gorgeous fabric combinations! I'm sure they'll go down a treat!
    I keep reading all these great posts about how fabulous Saturday was - I'm so sad to have missed it! x

  7. Those make up bags are just gorgeous. Love the fabric combinations. Do you fancy joining in the pillowcase dress sewalong thing on my blog? I've made my first little dress and am a bit addicted now!!

  8. fab fabrics and combinations, I adore the second one.


  9. Yum,yum yum! Liberty gorgeousness. So nice to meet you. So little chance to chat! Next time..:)

  10. Great to meet you on saturday - maybe I will see you down the shops soon again - lets hope the shop gets the dotted fabric again - let me know if you see it :-D

  11. Lynn, make sure you go to Ditto Fabrics when you're in Brighton, It's fab. x
    Debi, Portia and Pia it was lovely to meet you all too and Portia yes, I agree! Definitely next time! x
    Louise, oh go on then you've persuaded me! I've sent you an e-mail about it. x

  12. Hi Jane, where did you buy/had it made those beautiful labels? xx

  13. Hi House of Pinheiro, I get them from a company called Woven Labels UK, here's the link:
    Get the school labels, they're much cheaper than the craft labels. Hope this helps. Jane x

  14. I love those bags, they look fantastic with those fabric combos! I found a tutorial online similar to these and was thinking of giving it a go. They'd be perfect for putting in these large tote bags I make (little items get so easily lost in them!).

  15. Fabulous news about your new order...your little bags are cute, cute, cute!!!

  16. Fabulous fabrics!
    Sadly, the fabulous fabric shops of Goldhawk road are at threat of demolition.
    You can read the full details on Melissa’s blog:

    Please spread the word,join the facebook group, write to the council and lend your support in any way you can. Otherwise fabric shopping trips to Goldhawk road may sadly become a thing of the past.



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