Shame on me – it’s been a while since my trip to Paris and I still haven’t shared my goodies with you. I’d better put that right straight away!
First up, the embellishments that I bought at Mode & Traveaux after being inspired by Fehr Trade’s use of embellishments on a beautiful turquoise linen dress as blogged about here.
Aren’t they pretty? Couldn’t you just die? Can I sound any more vacuous?
I can see why it took Fehr Trade a whole year to finally use hers. You need to stare at these for weeks or months as various pictures scroll through your mind’s eye. A Sewist should think carefully about how best to use them. The large embellishment is light as an angel’s feather; the other two are heavier. Choosing the right fabric to support them will be crucial. Any thoughts or suggestions, you know what to do!
Next up, the embroidered Swiss dot cotton lawn that Ooobop! asked to see:
It’s photographed here with some grosgrain ribbon and fastenings. I was going to make a waist stay for my Butterick dress but in the end ran out of time. Weirdly, grosgrain ribbon is the one thing it’s impossible to find on Walthamstow market. Go figure.
This lawn cotton came in at 20 euros (just over £18) for three metres. I was inspired by the several Broderie Anglaise dresses I saw being worn in Paris. I couldn’t find any Broderie Anglaise fabric to buy (I’ve since spotted some at Stone Fabrics) so this was the next best thing. I can SEE a version of the Simplicity 2591 in this fabric very, very distinctly. And so it shall come to pass. Hopefully before the summer is out.
Finally, I’ll share with you a weakness I’ve only discovered since I started sewing. It turns out I have a thing for novelty denim:
Here it is, drying on the garden table in the sun. (Note to self – hey, a denim tablecloth would be great!) This came in at three metres for ten euros (£9), so seriously – how could I say no? I’m thinking another Beignet skirt as it works very well in denim.
I could have bought a lot more but I had shopper’s guilt. I saw some very pretty fabrics, but kept remembering the piles of pretty fabric waiting for me at home. I’m actually going to try and wait a while before buying any more patterns or fabric. Sometimes it just feels wrong to carry on buying. You know what I mean?