Last night I was spending a quiet evening at home, watching 'England's 100 Greatest Goals' with my son (the sacrifices we make as parents…) when the doorbell rang. It was my friend Siobhan - she'd been organising a big event and wondered if I would like three bolts of gingham fabric that were going begging! After I'd been brought round with smelling salts, I gratefully accepted and she got them from her car. Apparently they were destined for the bin when she suddenly remembered somebody who might like them. Me, Me, ME!!!
To say I'm overjoyed with this unexpected bounty is the under statement of the year. The first metre or so of two of the rolls are a bit stained, but that's OK because there's a WHOLE BOLT to play with!!!! I can make as many gingham dresses and tops as I can possibly bear and there will STILL be fabric left over. Hoorah! Here's a closer look at my treasure:
There's a one inch navy gingham which is a little bit shiny, but I'm sure that won't put me off, a good underlining will soon tone it down. Next is a ¼ inch turquoise gingham (my favourite) which I've already got plans to turn into a 1950's style tie front top. Then there's a ¼ inch purple gingham. Now it's a little known fact that I actively dislike the colour purple. I love it on other people but it really doesn't float my boat (ironically, it's my saviour Siobhan's favourite colour…) However, when I draped a bit of purple gingham from this bolt around me, I actually quite liked it. That's the power of gingham see? It's so awesome and amazing it will even turn lifelong purple-phobes to the other side, just by the enticing lure of those alternately shaded squares! I may start with something like PJ bottoms and see if it changes my feelings about purple. If not, I'll still have a lifetime's supply of muslin making fabric. It's a win, win situation!
Does anybody else have a particular colour aversion? Which do you dislike? Which do you love? And have you ever had somebody unexpectedly rescue three bolts of your favourite fabric and present them to you as a gift? No? Maybe that's just me then, the luckiest girl in the world! Whatever my feelings about purple, this is one gift I am SO grateful and thankful for - thank you Siobhan! After that visit, 'England's 100 Greatest Goals' suddenly seemed like the most exciting DVD ever invented!
Happy Saturday! x