First up the cotton with chintz factor ten. My hope is to make this dress for my friend’s wedding at the start of July. My logic is that a summer wedding in Oxford means I can get away with roses-a-go-go, a big bow and a skirt that needs a petticoat. My confidence wobbled when I pulled this fabric out of the bag and my boyfriend exploded, “F*****g hell!”
I went to bed that evening thinking, Hmmm. Maybe a plain fabric would be better.
I got up the next morning, looked at the cotton afresh and thought, Hot diggity, those roses do make me feel happy.
What do you think? A rose too far for a 41-year-old woman? Will I look as though I’m wearing someone’s curtains? I have time to decide as I’m still working on my toile. Don’t spare my feelings – I can take the truth. This fabric was only £4 a metre and I will be able to use it for other things, so I truly don’t mind if the consensus is a resounding ‘Step away from the roses, Karen’!
Orange lining fabric
I want to make a second version of the Beignet skirt in black. I don’t want any colour details – black buttons and no secret surprise fabric choices for the pockets – as I’d like this skirt to be a blank canvas, able to go with everything. But I thought it would be a nice joke to myself if something screamingly outrageous lined the skirt, like this flaming orange.
Those were my two pre-planned sensible fabric purchases on the Goldhawk Road trip. I was buying material for intended makes. But I knew I wouldn’t go home happy if there wasn’t a touch of spontaneous splurging. I’m so glad I indulged this instinct as this may be my favourite purchase of the day:
It’s a silk/cotton mix, selling at £5 a metre. It’s lovely to the touch and several Sewists bought this on the day. I know you all think I’m going to make a Pendrell out of this, but I might surprise you with other plans…
Three metres of pistachio linen for a pair of trousers. So Zo and I have both shamelessly copied Handmade Jane in wanting to use this pattern ever since she blogged about her make here. You can’t beat a good pair of wide-leg trousers and I am woefully down on trousers at the moment, over-relying on one pair of jeans and one pair of cords. I think these will be a great wear for the summer.
So, the spends. What were they?
6 metres of rose print cotton £24
1.5 metres of lining fabric £2.50
2 metres of silk/cotton mix £10
3 metres of linen £14
TOTAL £50.50 and 12.5 metres of fabric
Finally, after our high jinx on Goldhawk Road I should mention that there are plans to demolish this row of shops. Yes, really. Melissa at Fehr Trade first brought this to our attention and asked me to enquire when visiting. Classic Textiles confirmed that this plan is still going ahead. You can follow the protestors at Twitter here or on Facebook here.