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A Very Good Week :-)

Well, just over a week really …….

……. starting on Good Friday

Hubby took me away for the weekend for my birthday.  Ok, it’s not actually my birthday for a couple of weeks but it was the only weekend he’s not going to be working for a while.  He doesn’t normally take me away for my birthday (not to mislead you that we’re very posh and do this sort of thing all the time) but it’s a big one this year 😦

So to soften the blow he booked us into the Castle House Hotel in Hereford.  Oh it was gorgeous!  You can take a little peep at the suite (yes, I did say suite!) we stayed in here.  What a treat! 

We stumbled across some lovely little sewing/fabric shops while we were there.  Doughtys have three shops in Hereford – one for quilting fabric, one for dressmaking and one for habi.  After a lot of agonising I eventually chose some lovely fabric to make myself a couple of summer dresses.

I got this:

Amy Butler’s “Wildflowers” in Navy.  And this:

Erin McMorris’s “Freespirit” in turqoise.  Yum!

Since I’ve been home I’ve worked on Chloe’s flourescent yellow top and I finished it this afternoon (pic to follow).  She loves it but her dad is rather unimpressed with the colour.  As I pointed out to him, we were wearing the same colours back in our teens and our parents probably thought the same.  (Although I was chatting with my mother-in-law last night and she told me how she wore those colours in her teens too!  Fashion doesn’t just go full circle – it loops the loop!).

And last, but certainly not least, we went to a couple of car boot sales this morning and I picked up som real bargains!

Bargain 1 – teenage girl books for 10p each!  I bought 7 for Chloe so that should keep her busy for a day or so.

Bargain 2 – BRAND SPANKING NEW Fiskars Softouch 21cm scissors for – wait for it – £5!!!!!  Amazon are currently selling them for £14.99. 

The packaging was seriously ratty but the scissors themselves are perfect.  It looks like the people selling them are buying damaged stock because they had lots of different types of Fiskars products for really silly prices.

For those of you living in the Swansea area they go to Singleton Hospital car boot on a Saturday morning and Julian’s (Garngoch) on a Sunday.

We’re off to Gloucester for the day tomorrow – maybe there’s a little fabric shop tucked away ……….

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Welsh Costume Fabric

Just a quickie post.

I popped into Lee Mill today and while I was browsing I spotted some black and red dogtooth, woolen-type fabric.  Perfect for the jacket for a little (or big) girl’s Welsh costume jacket.  They also had a bolt of red fabric that looked suitable for the skirt.  Sorry – I didn’t spot how much per meter they’re charging.

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Frogs

It’s been weeks and weeks since I blogged last – we’re only just back online. 

I have to say it’s not been a brilliant start to the New Year – just before Christmas our poor house was diagnosed with dry rot.  It’s an absolutely horrible fungus thing that spreads like crazy and the treatment is pretty radical.  So basically, since Christmas we’ve been living on a building site while the builders hacked off infected plaster, ripped up floors and pulled out windows.  Anything of value has had to be packed in polythene to stop the phenomenal amount of dust getting into it.  So I’ve had no computer and no sewing machines for weeks!

The good new is the work is all finished bar the decorating.  The bad news is that it’s cost us a fortune (many thousands!) so hubby and I are thinking up ways of making extra cash.  Think I need to pull my finger out and start doing a few craft fairs …..

Anyway – frogs.  Check out this really fab fabric.  I picked it up in Butterfly Fabrics in Cardiff yesterday.

I’m going to make the bag in Issue 14 of Sew Hip magazine.  It looks nice and roomy, which is good because I tend to carry half a ton of junk round with me.  I’ll get hubby to take a pic of it when it’s finished.

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I’d love to know ….

We all love fabric don’t we?  And we all love to buy it too ~ but what is our favourite way of getting our sweaty mitts on that oh-so-gorgeous printed cotton or sumptious satin?

My personal favourite is to haggle for a bargain with Mad Mike at Lee Mill Fabrics – and to be honest I just love to “touch” the fabric as well as look at it – but there is certainly something very therapeutic about browsing the net over a cup of coffee. 

I’d love to know how you like to shop …

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Lovely Fabric!

Well I had a lovely time browsing the fabric shops on City Road in Cardiff on Tuesday and I came away with a couple of bargains to boot!

“Butterfly Fabrics” was my favourite shop this time with lots of lovely summer cotton prints out on the stands – I was spoilt for choice.  My mind was made up though when I spotted some Laura Ashley cotton prints at half price.  I picked up 2m each of the pink and the green at just £3.99 a metre. 

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 laura-ashley-pink

New Look patterns were also on offer at £2.95 each so I bought NewLook 6800.  New Look 6800

 

I think perhaps I’ll use the green print.  I’ve not decided yet what I’ll use the pink for, although I think Chloe’s got her beady eye on it!

And yes, I was being optimistic about finishing the pinafore by Wednesday.  I’ve stitched the facing on and trimmed and clipped the seam allowance.  Tonight I’ll sew the shoulders together and understitch the facing – maybe I’ll even start fitting the zip.  See how I feel.

Ah well, before I do that I think I’d better make my family some tea….

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Productive day!

I have finally finished my skirt! 

I’ve found a fab little pattern (McCall’s 3830) which is a simple straight skirt in five different lengths – just perfect for work.

McCall's 3830

I love this pattern.  I’ve made four of these now and with a bit of effort I could probably run one up in an afternoon. 

  My new skirt

I’m especially pleased with this skirt because the fabric was a real bargain! 

I popped into my local fabric shop – Lee Mill on Oxford Street in Swansea – http://www.leemillfabrics.co.uk/index.php  to kill a bit of time when my hairdresser was running late, and spotted a piece of fabric in the bargain bin – just enough to make this skirt. 

Now I’d fancied this fabric for some time but at £12.99 a meter I couldn’t really justify the cost.  I shouted over to Mad Mike to ask the price and he replied “£3”.  “Great, I’ll have it” .   He grinned at me and said “you were easy”.

Hmm, now I don’t like to feel outbargained.  I went to the counter to pay and found I had a ten pound note and two pound coins.  I put the note in one hand and the coins in the other and showed them to Mike.  He rolled his eyes at me, tutted and took the pound coins.  “You women are all the same” he informed me.

Bargain!

So – a new skirt for work for £3.50 (the zip cost me £1.50).

 

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