I've never had much luck with charity shops in my area: they don't seem to have any decent fabric (or any fabric at all come to think of it), just lots of Primark cast offs and other tat. But miraculously my luck changed recently, and for the princely sum of £5 I managed to find this lovely lot in one fell swoop:
First up is 3.5m of a medium weight cotton (it's not very wide, only just under 90cm). The lines of the flowers are chocolate brown and the green is more minty coloured than the photo suggests. I can’t imagine what I’d make with it, and the colours aren’t really me... but I just couldn't leave it all alone in the charity shop. So if anybody likes the look of it, leave me a comment by the end of the day on Sunday 14th August telling me what you'd make with it and I’ll happily send it to you. If more than one of you wants it, I’ll just draw names out of a hat.
I can definitely see a use for this one though:
Isn’t it fab? It’s like a cross between a Liberty print and a 1930’s feedsack print. In fact, it reminds me of this repro feedsack print from Fabric Rehab …
There’s about 3m of this one too so I think I’m going to make a long sleeved Autumn blouse with it.
Finally there was this cheeky little print depicting cocktail hour essentials (including ice cubes) ….
Sadly, there was only about half a metre of it, so not enough to make a garment, not even a Sorbetto. I was pondering a little half apron, but it’s a silky kind of fabric so probably not best suited to having greasy fingers wiped on it. Hhmm, not sure, maybe a couple of cushions? If anybody else has any bright ideas I'd love to hear them.
Because I’m an optimistic kind of gal, I returned to the scene of the crime a week later and struck lucky again!! I found 3m of this beautiful grey wool fabric for £3.
I’m planning on making my first jacket in Autumn (more on that in a future post) and this will be absolutely perfect for a first attempt. I’ll keep my fingers crossed it turns out wearable, but if not, then I’ve only spent £3 trying. Good things come to those who wait…