A couple of weeks ago an old school friend came to stay. I wore my first Mathilde blouse and got loads of compliments and at some point after the first (several) bottles of wine I agreed to help her make one for herself. We set a date for tomorrow evening and I said that I would provide the fabric and pattern.
This morning I went to my stash and amazingly could not find anything suitable! Okay, I do have quite a few suitable fabrics but nothing that is a) to her taste, b) not earmarked for another project or c) non – slippery.
There was nothing for it. I would have to shop, and hope that I had enough will power to avoid adding to my own extensive stash.
I am lucky enough to have this shop almost at the end of my road. I couldn’t get a better photo because the man in the doorway was starting to look scared. And yes, it really was that grey out today.
It’s a lifesaver if I run out of anything but not good if I want to browse, because I am physically incapable of leaving there without buying something. And the staff are so lovely it would be wrong to disappoint them…
I arrived a few minutes before it opened so I spent the time window shopping. How gorgeous are these dresses in the whiting post?
The ones inside are even better. Before I started sewing I would have had to treat myself, but these days I find it hard to justify buying something that I can make for a third of the price. They do have sales though…
I love this shop – Pearl and Hemingway.
They do gorgeous vintage and vintage inspired clothes and accessories, What Katie Did lingerie and swimwear, fabulous hats, and what did I see when I was peeking in the window this morning? Yes, they have started stocking fabric too!
So did I manage to stick to my no fabric purchasing resolution?
Yes and no.
The floral cotton polyester blend is for my friends Mathilde – she didn’t want me to spend a fortune on her first attempt at garment sewing.
The baby blue polka dot cotton poplin is mine, all mine (sinister laugh…) But my resolution remains unbroken. I said I would refrain from fabric buying until I had used six pieces from my stash. So let’s count:
Two tiramisus, polka dot and floral – that’s two.
Macaron – another two, the black cotton and the tattoo print.
My first Mathilde – another stash buster.
I can’t really really count my second Mathilde, as that was new fabric, albeit won rather than bought. However on my sewing table (okay, small desk in the corner of the kitchen) is an almost completed Elisalex – I couldn’t wait for the sewalong. After making my muslin I was already so in love with this pattern that I just had to steam ahead and finish it. I have also cut out my Sewing for Victory dress. So that is two more I have used form the stash, which means I can officially fall off the wagon. Yeay!
And I now have all the essential supplies for tomorrow’s session ready to go.