I know, I've been horribly absent of late! But I've been having a lot of fun sewing and fabric shopping. On Saturday I joined the Sew Weekly sewing circle meet-up. I didn't make it to the V&A museum (we stayed at a friend's on Friday night and stayed up late watching movies!), but I joined them for the shopping portion of events, over at Goldhawk road. It was great to meet so many sew weekly-ers, especially those bloggers who I've long been following - Sew Weekly contributor Debi and I greeted each other like long-lost friends, even though we've never actually met in real life! (pic below pinched from her blog - I'd forgotten my camera at our friend's place).
In fact I had so much fun chatting that I didn't even manage to buy anything until I'd said goodbye to them. I didn't want to go too nuts as I do have a bit of a fabric stash already, but I got some black and white mini houndstooth check for a pencil skirt (I need to sew more basic separates), and two dress fabrics:
This one's a silk/cotton blend, very lightweight and drapey like cotton lawn, with a slight sheen from the silk content. I don't know what I'm going to make with it yet, but I thought the print looked very Deco-era, wouldn't you say?
Isn't it pretty? It's a Liberty print, and I thought it had a nice vintage vibe. Violet and orange are a little outside my comfort zone, but I think it's going to work. The fabric is a medium weight, soft cotton/wool blend with a lovely drape. I was lamenting that you don't often see natural fibre blends these days, it's usually a natural with a synthetic, but these two natural blends are beautiful.
Anyway, I think I'll make it up in one of these patterns. I'm going to make a muslin in both and then decide.
Lastly, here's what I've also been working on. I've had this pretty powder blue floral fabric (very Cath Kidston, don't you think?) for a year, and I thought it was about time it became a dress - it's too pretty to sit in a drawer. The pattern came in a lot (together with the one above and two or three others) from ebay some months ago.