How amazingly gorgeous and classy is this outfit? I spotted the wearer at the Textile Forum and immediately went over to ask if she’d made the skirt herself. She had – swoon. Sadly, not from a commercial pattern – sob. She drafted this beaut herself!
I was at the Textile Forum to nose around. It’s a trade fair, where manufacturers, designers and suppliers meet. I’m not really the target audience, but they don’t mind home sewists dipping in to see what’s hot.
I loved these mood boards and swatches from The Wool Lab:
There were some, ahem, animal prints in evidence too:
But it was that lady’s skirt that really interested me. The fabric, from Graham Smith Fabrics, was so gorgeous to handle and she whipped out swatches to show me:
Not a bad colour among them. My new best friend had worn her skirt on the train down from Manchester and she gave me a twirl to prove that there wasn’t a single crease. There really wasn’t. It got better. Turns out, this fabric retails at £5.95 a metre. It’s a polyester mix, believe it or not, with stretch.
The only down side is that it retails with a 10-metre minimum order. That’s trade terms, for you. But I’m seriously tempted! I can see so many items that would be perfect in this fabric. I’m sure I’d get through it. I’m sure I wouldn’t get fed up before I used up 10 metres. Maybe…
I’d recommend popping into the next Textile Forum. They’re held fairly regularly, and the venue is just off Bond Street – perfect for window shopping.