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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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Its nearly time for school …..

….. and Chloe’s not too thrilled about the prospect.  To try and soften the blow I’ve offered to make her school skirts this year.  The skirts we usually buy are never “right” – usually too long or scratchy material etc etc. 

We’ve agreed on a pattern (McCall’s M5696 – View A) which I’ve made for her before (pic pending), it fits and she likes. McCall's M5696

We nipped into town this morning and picked up 1.5m of black polyester from Lee Mill which should be enough for two skirts.  They’re really easy to make and can probably finish one in an afternoon.  I may start one this afternoon or we may go to the Marquis for our tea instead (the boys are going to watch football so perhaps a girly afternoon is in order).  I’ve got two weeks before she goes back to school so plenty of time.  In the meantime I have floors to mop and an Everest-size pile of ironing calling my name ……

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Summer makes

Well I’ve been fairly productive over the last few weeks.  I’ve completed four (yes count them!) projects!  That’s got to be a record for me.

The first one is this rather snazzy (imho) waistcoat for Jamie’s prom.

The story goes like this….

Jamie really wanted a red waistcoat.  We hunted all the usual shops (River Island, M&S etc) but all we could find were black or grey.  Then we tried a wedding outfitters.  Lots of lovely red waistcoats there but they wanted – wait for it – £60!!  Neither of us could justify paying that sort of money for something he’s likely only to wear once.

So, to cut a short story short, Jamie suggested that the lovely red fabric I’d picked up on sale in Lee Mill a few weeks earlier would make a very nice waistcoat.  I used Simplicity 4762 – a lovely easy pattern which also included matching tie.  

 

Next up was this little shirred top for Chloe.

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(unfortunately, I couldn’t zoom in any closer or you would have seen the lasagne stain on the front after a rather pleasant lunch in Narbeth)

I didn’t use a pattern for this.  I simply measured her chest and multiplied by 1.5.  Then, I stitched the side seam to form a tube and finished the top and bottom hems using the rolled-hem function on the overlocker.  Using a long stitch and firmly-wound shirring elastic in the bobbin, on the wrong side of the fabric, I stitched corkscrew style until I reached the desired depth of shirring.  For security I added a little halter tie, but it could quite easily be worn without (by the way, the fabric is the pink Laura Ashley I picked up for a snip in Butterfly Fabrics).

My last two projects don’t have pictures yet.  I’ll keep them for my next post.

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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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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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