I’m sorry to report that the strawberry thief shirt has not been progressed since I posted last.
I have two excuses.
I had a work trip to Salamanca in Spain. I didn’t take my sewing machine with me.
Playa Mayor, Salamanca, 8 PM (before dinner, of course!)
Ribes y Casals had a large selection of fabrics and fabulous haberdashery and notions. This is just a small part of their Prym wall. So jealous of such accessibility to such a great range!
Their trim selection was pretty good too.
Some of that multi coloured daisy trim came home with me
Two fabrics at Tejidos y Novedades Paredes won my heart too
You can see I went for practical fabrics that will effortlessly slot into my everyday life..
I love sewing souvenirs!
I’m going away again soon! Sewing a travel wardrobe has taken precedence.
I needed a coat.
My local bricks and mortar store, Spotlight, had a lovely polyester wool coating that was the perfect weight and drape for an unlined coat. I wasn’t the only Australian sewist thinking this way. Christy (Clever Tinker) made a great Sapporo coat and Carolyn (Handmade by Carolyn) made a delightful Sydney jacket (as seen on her instagram feed)
This is Burdastyle 12/2011 #114. I swapped out the zip for a button band.
It’s definitely boule shaped! I feel like Aunt Fanny from Robots.
The pattern placement was less than ideal through the centre back seam, and not quite symmetrical. Slapdash sewist that I am, I’ve decided I can live with it – it helps that it’s on the back..). The horizontal pattern matching it pretty good though!
I also needed another Bella dress. This one is made from a very stretchy drapey ITY polyester knit from Spotlight with a solid navy trim of bought bias binding at the neck.
With the sleeves pushed and held in place with navy tabs, it should work when the weather is warmer.
With sleeves down, hands in pockets and tights I’m ready for cooler days.
And with a jacket and heels I’m ready for a night out. If it’s cold, I hope that tights and sandals are not considered the same as socks and sandals by the fashion police…
Where am I going? To England for a whole month of holidays, with He who Cooks, M of Nonsuch Sewing and her lovely husband Ken. We start in London at the beginning of September and end in Edinburgh at the end.
Yes we do plan to visit some fabric shops on the way. Anyone interested in a meet-up? In London? Bath? Oxford? Leicester? York? Richmond? The Lake District? At Linton Tweeds? (Yes, we are going to the showrooms and shop in Carlisle! He who Cooks is also the best itinerary planner ever).
I’ll return to the Strawberry Thief shirt soon.