What can I say that hasn’t already been said after Karen’s (Of Did You Make That) review of yesterday’s venture into E17, crafted by the hostess & ringleader herself & Tilly’s version of events (Of Tilly & The Buttons) as one of the joyful, eager & if anything like me initially awestruck participants? We came, we saw, we bought stacks of fabric. So much in fact that I for one envied Claire from Sew Incidentally‘s wise moves in bringing along a trolley for all of her goodies. I just stuffed as much as I could into a shopper & could be seen with back distinctly curved & creaking from its weight heading back to the Tube. Tilly & Karen took some atmospheric photos of the event – worth a look to get a real feel of what it must be like to have a pub’s back room filled with seamstresses who have just blown their pin money, guiltily figuring out how to sneak home & hide it all before being found out. (Well, that might have just been me!)
I for one will be most definitely up for “Walthamstow, the sequel” as I am still smiling today from meeting so many gorgeous ladies chatting about fabric, sewing (& generally finding out about each other like you do) & of course, the big buying opportunities. I would not necessarily describe myself as frenzied, but have to say that I veered off my list & did become super tempted by fabrics found by my fellow shoppers …
As a run down here is what broke my back, but not the bank …(in weight order – heaviest first!)
Now, a real bargain, lightweight denim with a bit of stretch (no skinny jeans for me though) – £3 per metre. Unfortunately, there was not enough worth leaving on the roll so I was persuaded by the very authoritative sales assistant to take the extra 1.5m for only the price of an extra metre. OK! This is going to be a shirt dress of some kind, perhaps this 80s version. I’m thinking maybe piping, maybe coloured top stitching plus some brass rose buttons I bought yesterday but haven’t taken a picture of. And the rest? Perhaps these 50s fitted shorts …
This was my most expensive purchase (£4 or so per yard)- it’s a polyester viscose mix – brown & turquoise with some very fine metallic swirls that catch the light every now & then. This is going to be Crepe, possibly with the brown sash (also bought). It’s “lush” as I would have said aged 15.
A crinkly viscose in navy & white. Cheap enough to buy lots to make a full skirted Spring/ Summer dress. Perhaps Crepe or this 50s pattern.
Beautiful powder blue lightweight linen spoke “nautical” to me. I can see it with a white collar & red piping/ ribbon or else this gingham for the collar. The gingham was so popular (super soft to the touch) that it was one of a few rolls we cleared out !
Last & nice & lightweight, a purple cotton to be used as lining for the red wool blend (already in my stash) that I’ve earmarked for a Beignet. I need to make it whilst the weather’s still chilly so off I go now to get cutting – or slicing now I have my very own rotary cutter – late birthday present – lucky me
Thank you again Karen for such a well organised meet-up – it was so worth the visit.