You say ‘Spending’, I say ‘Investing’

Karen, have you been spending?

Oh dear. I don’t know what happened. One moment I was working hard, the next I was clicking ‘Checkout’. The butterfly fabric is another stretch cotton sateen for a THIRD version of the Simplicity 2591. I’m doing it again – hammering a pattern to death. Bear with me, dear readers. I’ll work it out of my system soon enough.

The gingham is a stretch taffeta with an absolutely gorgeous, subtle sheen to it that sadly isn’t coming out in the photo. I bought the last metre on sale from John Lewis and plan to make one of Gertie’s skirts with it. How many black and white gingham versions of this skirt exist around the world, I wonder? Well, if you want to see a superb version check out what Boo Dogg’s been up to. Is this outfit to die for?

I’ve also bought a new pattern:

Simplicity 2512

This pattern is a brave move for me, for two reasons:

  • My issues with Simplicity’s sizing have already been revealed in my making of Simplicity 2512. Will I need to cut this skirt two sizes smaller than measurements dictate, as happened with the dress?
  • All that fuss around the waist could be my undoing. I’ve already admitted to a stomach that has more in common with a cushion than a washboard. Those bow details could really make things worse rather than better.

I’ve just thought of a third reason:

  • Choice of fabric will be crucial. (When isn’t it?) I anticipate this pattern demanding fairly ‘structural’ fabrics. It’s shown in some type of taffeta. I’d love to use a similair fabric. I’ve also seen versions of it working well in denim. To date, I’ve never sewn with denim. Hmmm…

Well, it will all be a journey of discovery! One thing’s for sure – there is some great bias tape potential with the trim on this. Contrast bias tape… (Imagine said in beer-dreamy voice of Homer Simpson.)

I’m off on another journey soon! I am very excited to be joining Tilly and the Buttons on 1 August for a trip to a Horrocks exhibition at the Fashion and Textiles Museum in London. There will be a group of us, so let Tilly know and come along if you’re in the vicinity. I am very excited to meet some of the other London Sewists and Bloggers, LSB for short!

Well, that’s me. I haven’t done any sewing this week, mainly because a) I have been working very hard b) it’s hot and c) it’s hot. I leave you with a photo of some Red Hot Pokers in a park in Bloomsbury. Aren’t they gorgeous?

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9 Responses to You say ‘Spending’, I say ‘Investing’

  1. Roisin says:

    I’m planning on going to that Horrockes exhibition too, although I need to arrange it with a few of my friends first – it looks amazing. I love that gingham fabric as well – a wise investment, I think!

  2. stitchywitch says:

    I love that Cynthia Rowley skirt! I have the pattern, but who knows if I’ll get around to making it before it goes out of fashion. I think it might look great in a lightweight denim! Looking forward to seeing some of your upcoming projects!

  3. Tilly says:

    Using the same pattern three times in a row is called getting your money’s worth and cancels out purchase of new fabric and pattern. Good work!

  4. Roison – ooh, let us know if you’re in London on 1 August.
    Stitchywitch – you would look wonderful in this skirt.
    Tilly – I like your logic!

  5. rachel says:

    I love the CR skirt pattern – you’l look fantastic in it! And thank you for the lovely comment about my outfit! Can’t wait to see yours made up.

    Have fun at the exhibition – I’m quite jealous!

  6. I have much debated buying that Cynthia Rowley skirt pattern myself. I’m very excited to see your version and also this gingham skirt too! I’m sure the only time you can say that you have made too many of the same pattern is when your ENTIRE closet is full of the same dress in different fabrics. Then and only then will you be declared clinically insane. Don’t worry, it couldn’t possibly be as bad as buying the same pattern though from different pattern companies and making that over and over again, because that’s what I do. That is insane as I have to end up fitting each and every one. Silly silly.

  7. Karin says:

    I like the fabrics you bought. I will look forward to seeing them made-up.

    Have fun at the exhibit!

  8. Roobeedoo says:

    Looking forward to seeing the finished items! Love the gingham taffeta plan!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Yum! Gingham Taffeta.

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