I have had a bit of a splurge at the end of last month. I can’t seem to keep the pennies in my purse, or the extroversion of my credit card & (paypal) in check. So let’s assuage the guilt with delight in what I’ve gathered & the plans I have for transforming them. You up for being my confessor?
It started with some new patterns, around payday…. New to me anyway. I stopped by Sewbox as I really want to make a summer dressing gown (inspired by Amy’s of Sylko Twist) – mine is too short for anything but a heatwave. So I bought the Buchanon by Gather.
And then, because I was there, I added in the Derby dress by Christine Haynes.
These purchases were made on one of the sunnier days & I was thinking that the Derby dress (belted ruffled neckline version) would be the perfect summer sundress. And remembering from a couple of summers back, Flossie Teacakes’ gorgeous rendition that totally changed my mind about how I saw its possibilities. Whilst the Buchanon was a spontaneous purchase, the Derby was completely justified because I really do not have any sundress patterns that are like this – strappy with a flounce, a tie belt with enough flow of fabric around one’s bod in the heat. And although I bought other fabric to make it with, this daisy viscose from Croftmill, I have actually cut out the fabric above that I bought at the end of last year from the Fabric Godmother – it was a roll end in the sale, but is gorgeous & will make a wonderful sundress.
I also bought some fabric (yay for fabric, we love fabric!) in a real shop. I went to Truro when I was staying in Cornwall in May, a few days after my Sewbox purchases. We visited the relocated Truro Fabrics. Truro Fabrics is not somewhere to go for a bargain, but it has a lovely range of quality fabrics, haberdashery & also a furnishing fabric department (& craft cottons, wool too). There were some lovely Joel Dewsbury viscoses which I was drawn to, but at £14.99 per metre, too expensive for the lengths I had in mind to make either of the patterns I had just clicked to buy. So I let my heart lead me, searching out fabric that was new to me & gave me a fuzzy buzz.
I always look at the knits, especially sweater knits & found some purple sweater knit at £9/m (good value I thought) & my Mum was so interested in it that I snapped up two cardigans’ worth – one to be a pressie for my Mum & the other for me. I can’t find it on the website- sorry! But it’s yummy.
Then there was this lawn with garden birds on it – this was maybe £12.50 per metre & I got enough to make a summer top. And I might copy Florence again (if I have bought enough) & either make the Hey June Biscayne blouse or some simple version of the Deer & Doe Datura. Or a camisole.
Finally I love this Makower print (£12.50 also I think) – with its river scene in horizontal stripes. This will be a full summer skirt. But I cannot find it on the website either.
There. Since then, I have located some fabric for my Buchanon dressing gown. I might use the daisy viscose from Croftmill. Or I also ordered some of this too, it’s a beautiful grey vintage floral, very much a chiffon & would make a special floaty kind of gown. Maybe. But it’s more sheer than I really wanted for a mid length gown over summer PJs. I am still deciding. I will of course, report back. I think that the Gather kits looks pretty good value, if you haven’t already bought the pattern. I liked the grey …..but had already bought the pattern….
But then I also (intake of big breath) see I told you I’ve been on a roll…bought another piece of fabric. I think it was also because I got paid for some casual work I did…..(spot the guilt!) I could not resist 20% off Liberty at Whitetree Fabrics using the Vintage Pattern Pledge discount that runs this month. See sidebar in Kestrel makes. Only for June though. If you read this later, sorry! So I bought some beautiful Tana lawn – Lodden.
This is the perfect fabric for a dress I ripped out of a magazine at the beginning of the year & will become one of my “high hitters”. A shirt dress of some description.
Speaking of which. Yes, you’ve guessed it. “I just couldn’t help it” I took advantage of the introductory discount & bought the new Sew Over It pattern – the Vintage Shirt Dress.
And shhh. I have nearly finished my first one. Just the buttons to buy….And exactly what i made it out of will remain a bit of a surprise for now. I have maybe incited enough excitement for one day.
And the detectives amongst you will also realise there is another confession to come. This time with some interesting tools, gadgets & haberdashery I have also recently bought.
So, have you enjoyed any recent sewing shopping sprees? Is it a symptom of the slow start to the summer? Help. How do I stop!?? (No it’s OK, don’t worry about me. July will be enforced cold turkey as far as purchasing goes. & Lots of sewing :-)).