I’ve been on the most glorious holiday to the UK. Some quality souvenir shopping was done. You would think I would come home and immediately sew some of it. Or perhaps some of the souvenir fabric from Madrid from my last trip that I wrote about in my last post?
Even older souvenir fabric was still waiting to be sewn.
This wax print fabric comes with lots of lovely memories of being in Montmartre with Felicity last year.
It’s a striking colour, has great body, and who doesn’t want a frock with a pot or two or twenty on it?
This was not the easiest fabric and design to match to a pattern, and then to cut out. I had some misgivings about a large jug and pot on the bodice front.
All three of the different pots in the design found their way onto the dress – even if the small round ones feature only on the back shoulders!
A rich brown regular dress zip was the exposed zip feature. I stabilized the edge of the knit under bodice with iron-on interfacing. Yes that’s a little bit of the facing showing at the top of the zip, and I did use a piece of hat (?) elastic for the button loop.
The over bodice edges were self faced, and trimmed with cream premade bias binding from the stash, as were the seams. Can’t accuse me of not finishing this dress off nicely!
This really is a fabulous pattern BurdaStyle 12/2013 #130. I’ve used it before, in its full length glory, for a formal dress for both Felicity and for myself.
The skirt has a tulip shape due to the deep inverted pleats at the waist. I love the way it phloofs out. As well as looking great, there is plenty of room for pockets.
I did intend to turn up a narrow hem, but Felicity loved in with its selvedge sentence. So that’s the way its staying.
Now that’s out of the way, let me tell you about my much more recent souvenir fabrics!
TMOS (The Man Outside Sainsburys) in Walthamstow Market did not disappoint. Plus M and I had a bonus unplanned meet up with Karen of Did You Make That?
I bought a print woven rayon and a solid silk jersey. One of the side shops selling all manner of trims also tempted me with their cute pink embellished buttons.
Other London fabric purchases were from Raystitch. I came home with my own pieces of fabrics used in display garments in the shop: the navy and cream linen cotton of the dress on the left and a grey irish linen wool blend of the dress on the right.
A few patterns also made their way into my suitcase from Raystitch and Sew Over it. What fabulous shops both of these are!
Leicester exceeds expectations with its marvellous Richard III exhibition and museum. Plus we stumbled upon two fabric stores in the centre. Just like that! Without even trying!
Shop #1, Crafty sew and so, had the most delightful triple crepe (the solid colours at the back of the photo). I wanted to bring at least three of them home, but common sense prevailed and I finally settled on red and nothing else. Still wish I had some of the teal. And the purple..
Shop #2, Material Magic, won my heart with an embroidered medium weight grey wool. The coffee shop afterwards was good too.
And I am saving the best to last.
All these lovelies were shipped home to me by the fabulous Linton Tweed staff.
Why so many? Well.
They had 1 metre length at two for the price of one, and remnant box of almost 1 metre lengths for 5 pound.
Resistance was futile.