Remember what I said? Aim to use fairtrade / organic materials, but failing that "natural" fibres as the bare minimum. So that would exclude velvet polka-dot polyester tulle, don't you think?
I haven't bought any new yarn or fabric since my trip to Edinburgh, but as you will have noticed, I have taken delivery of a rather large number of pre-loved sewing patterns. Not just Janet's stash, but also a bag of patterns from a work colleague (who advertised them in the internal mail as free to the first taker). Most of these are frankly hideous in that special early 1990's way, but maybe one day I will view them as "vintage", so I have put them in storage for now.
|All three of these, please!|
So I am trying to be practical without losing the sense of fashion adventure that these old patterns inspire. And I have been finding that even quite extreme looks can be surprisingly wearable. I wore my shocking pink trousers "out" twice last weekend! I dared to wear my navy shorts to work. And I even wore my pumpkin plaid minidress (not me-made) to work without incident. Now, either people are getting so used to my eccentricity that they felt it best not to comment, or else my outfits were less outrageous than I thought. Either way, nothing happened to inhibit me from future public exposure of my home-made garments / knees.
|Brannock and Patek fabric|
But I wanted to show you my latest fabric discovery from RayStitch: Brannock and Patek Woven Basics. The dark green / blue brushed cotton gingham is almost the same as the Anna Allen dress that sparked off this quest in the first place.
"Absolutely perfect for PJ's" it says on the website! Maybe I need to just accept that this is a "homewear dress". Something to wear from Friday evening through to Monday morning without the need to change!
|Liberty Missenden jersey from Raystitch|
Again I have to accept I do not have any suitable fabric in the stash, because I have never felt the need to buy dress-lengths until now. I am thinking of something slightly floral with a hint of mustard in the mix.
This Liberty jersey caught my eye. For a 60's-style cowl-neck shift. My only worry is that it looks awfully like something my boss would wear...
|several sellers on eebaay have this one|
By the way, thank you SO much for all your lovely comments about my Valentine's Day story. I have started to wonder if it was all true.
Especially after I tried googling Janet's full name and found "her" in Southend...!
She was also in lots of other places, you understand, but if I want to believe that "my" Janet is bringing up her grand-daughter by the sea, then that is where she is - OK?!
More thinking to be done before I splash out on fabric. Meanwhile, there is the small matter of the purple velvet shorts...