So, what did I carry home from Edinburgh in my carry on case? Oh, Scotland, you’ll be the death of me! I have a huge weakness for wool fabric. It’s just so wonderful to work with, always looks incredibly classy and doesn’t often fray. What’s not to like? Ask my bank manager! In fact, I was relatively restrained in my spending, but I’d arrived in Scotland – home of wool – with a make already in my mind. I’d seen this retailing at Jaegar:
I think the simplicity of the cut, combined with that huge, slightly eccentric patch pocket is inspired. £230-worth of inspired, or £65 in the sale. Nah, mate. I don’t think so! In Edinburgh I bought a metre of dark navy wool for the skirt and a smidgin (I think an eighth of a metre) of complementary, expensive Harris Tweed. (Have you SEEN Gertie’s latest dress in Harris Tweed?)
My hope is to use my vintage A-line skirt pattern to cut an above-the-knee skirt and fashion my own high end patch pocket. Any advice on tailoring patch pockets, let me know.
I also bought two metres of stretch lining, which I’d never seen before or even heard of. (In the spirit of full disclosure, I shamelessly copied Scruffy Badger who was buying this.) I imagine this to be perfect for lining pencil skirts. You know how the lining can really pull at the seams on a pencil skirt? Not with a bit of stretch in it!
In the pattern swap, I scored two vintage patterns from My Happy Sewing Place. I felt a bit guilty taking these, but no one else seemed to be leaping on them. (Fools!) If I do have an ambition for this year, it’s to sew a bit more vintage. I’ve only used two vintage patterns so far in my sewing career, and one of those is for an A-line skirt – I don’t think that counts!
Finally, in other purchases, look what arrived today:
Yes I Like That shared a post on Galibardy recently, and I was straight on Paypal ordering one of these rings. It’s absolutely lovely. Brass! Why don’t we see more shiny brass these days? I’m not sure I’m ever going to take this off.
Hope you’re all gearing up to exciting weekends. Me? I have the day off work today. (LUSH, as they say in Wales.) There might be a spot of sewing going on…