Although my trip to York the other week was mainly to attend the Festival of Vintage, I also squeezed in a few other things, including a trip to Gillies Fabrics. Bricks-and-mortar fabric shops are such rarities these days, that I always visit if I find one. No harm is looking, after all. Except, of course, it's never just looking - and this one was a treasure trove!
First purchase was this jaunty floral print viscose, with a short length of matching plain navy. I did have a pattern in mind for this, but when the yardage was measured out, it just left a short piece on the roll. Very little arm-twisting was needed to persuade me to take the full length, so I now need to find a pattern to use it all. It's very fine, so will need lining.
|Pink!? Who even am I?|
I also found this pretty cotton lawn in a tiny floral print which would make a perfect 1940s dress. And at the Festival of Vintage, I found a suitable pattern from 1946. I'm planning to make view 1, but with shorter sleeves. It's a half-size pattern, so I’ll be interested to see how this affects the fitting alterations I need to make.
|Back to normal choices - phew!|
Also at the Festival of Vintage, I found my last fabric purchase - this length of cotton with a 'jewel' print. It’s three yards long, but in keeping with the time, it's only 36"/90cm wide. That should be plenty for a late 50s/early 60s sheath dress, however.
|It's a bit wild, but I love it|
I've converted it to its 112cm wide equivalent on the Stashometer, as I do with everything on there, for consistency. Otherwise, the temptation would be to make up all the narrow fabrics (because, narrow fabric = longer yardages) first, and ignore the wider ones!
I couldn't believe that it's almost halfway through the year, and there was only one row in the 'completed' column. But then I remembered that there's a part-made coat hanging in my wardrobe, and I have made some non-clothing items. So in the interests of completeness/desperation, I have included the latter on the Stashometer, small though they are. Every little helps!
|That's a long way in the red!|