A piece of fabric practically jumped into my hands a little while ago while all I was supposed to be getting was a zip… On the remnants table at Fred Winter was this 60cm piece of ex-Missoni knit fabric. I couldn’t leave it there, could I??
You can just make out the cutting lines in this picture, I halved daughter no 2’s measurements and took 10% off the bust. As this is a stretch knit we didn’t want anything to fall down! Then I added to the hip measurement so the top/dress would flare out nicely toward the hem. Next I cut along the fold and overlocked the sides together. The top edge was overlocked too and then I turned under a casing for the elastic. This I used a twin needle to do, not having mastered the coverstitch on my overlocker just yet… Then I cut the straps off an old bra that had a matching colour to the stripes and sewed them on, daughter no 2 didn’t fancy any wardrobe malfunctions! I used the zigzag selvage for the hem, it just needed some tidying up, but I think it looks great!
So there I was, waiting for the sewing repair man to open, and I thought I’d check out a little fabric shop in Kenilworth. Linda Harper’s is on the High St (opposite Sainsbury’s), nothing to shout about from the outside. I hadn’t been there in years, and wasn’t even sure if it was still there. Once inside I realised I had made a terrible mistake! There was no way I was getting out without buying something!! They have their cotton fabrics all grouped in colour order, then the linens, then the silks, you get where I am going… Wool and fleeces are in a different room. The temptation was ENORMOUS!!
So this is what I absolutely had to have before leaving. I was still looking for something for the Knot Dress, wouldn’t you know it, but nothing in my stash was right. I am not going to use any of these for the dress either, but I know they will come in handy one day! I figure they will make perfect vintage garments, they have that vibe.
Fixed sewing machine and overlocker in the boot, I head home, via Stratford. I have run out of calico, so headed to Fred Winter. Once again, a very dangerous maneuver! I added to the calico some vibrant red batik, which will be perfect for a 60’s dress pattern I got from Etsy last month, and a rather interesting Liberty print – which I think is the fabric for the Knot Dress.