I am nothing if not fair-minded. So when I discovered a fabric shop in Walthamstow that had to date dipped below my radar, I was ethically obliged to step inside and search out some fabric for a second version of the Sencha blouse. I left with £4-worth of mustard linen and refreshed optimism. I was ready to rumble!
Sadly, Sencha wasn’t. Like most of you, I’m sure, my sewing hours are precious. I don’t particularly want to waste them on something that will ultimately be hurled into the bin. But I’m afraid, this second version of Sencha has to go.
I was attempting a roomier neckline and losing the snappers at the back. I got as far as I could and tried it on. Too tight to wear over jeans or a skirt, and when I tucked it in this happened:
It really isn’t working, is it? Still. It’s so baggy at the back where the tucks end. Sigh. I’m sorry, Colette Patterns – I love you. Sencha – I want to love you. But… Perhaps it’s just me. Perhaps Sencha+Karen’s Body = Hell. Who knows? I just want the Simplicity 2591 pattern to arrive so that I can start on something fresh.
It’s all for the best. As I was sewing, I noticed this on the linen:
You get what you pay for?
I’m not going to let this put me off the new shop. I am definitely going back and was almost hyperventilating with excitement as I was in there. I wasn’t alone. Someone beside me spent £100 on that linen. (Oh dear. I hope she doesn’t discover faded lines in hers.) The shop was heaving with people shopping for fabric. But walk past it, and you would barely notice. A hidden gem. Who’d have thought?