When Dante wrote “Inferno” there was a circle of Hell that he hadn’t imagined and that is the Trafford Centre (or any other shopping centre, for that matter) on a Saturday afternoon.
After schlepping round trying to find jeans for The Husband and shoes for me, unsuccessfully I might add, I’d had enough. Even the very pretty new maxi dress that I’d found felt like a hard won prize (on sale, dontcha know…and needs must when the empty wardrobe drives!).
So you can imagine my delight when I opened the door at home to a perfect little parcel with this beauty in it:
It’s so flipping gorgeous and it’s with me thanks to the lovely Vicki. I saw this fabric on her blog this week and fell in love. I’ve been hunting high and low for butterfly fabric since I saw this dress over at Anthro last year:
Sadly every fabric I’d come across was, how shall we say, more than a little bit tacky and oftentimes downright nasty.
Not so this.
The colours are subtle and painterly. The fabric is satiny and has some weight to it. Vicki had 2 yards, which is enough for a dress if I cut economically, and kindly agreed to part company with it.
I’m in love with it. I actually think it’s prettier than the Anthro-inspo. So much so that I’m planning to do the Craftsy Couture Dress course over the winter and thinking that I might just use this fabric to make my couture dress. Interlining will certainly stop it’s slippery loveliness wiggling about too much.
And to cap it all, Vicki sent me a beautiful card:
So…it appears that my fabric embargo is somewhat broken. I’m blaming the clear out the other week making room for lovely new things.
With that in mind, I suppose it’s time to ‘fess up to my other indiscretions in the sewing shop.
Firstly I succumbed to this for Button:
I’m seeing this as a dress with a black peter pan collar, black tights and boots for autumn. It’s quite a firm polyester but should withstand tree climbing and the ilk and I’ll line it to avoid an attack of the scratchies.
It was £1.95 a metre. I couldn’t resist.
I may also have bought a pattern!
But it was on sale. And I was supporting my local fabric shop! Doing my bit for the economy, see!
With summer holidays now upon us and a 3000 word essay to do for my final French project, sewing is going to be low down on the list for a few weeks. So I am intending to finish the trousers that I’m currently working on and then make a plan.
I’ll let you know how that goes!