Elena's been staying with me this weekend, and it's been AWESOME. Now that I don't live in Oxford any more we don't get to see each other that often (although we talk all the time), so when she comes to stay I love it. On Saturday we took a trip up to Walthamstow to check out the much-recommended fabric stalls and shops. I admit before the trip I was a little dubious as to how much I would be able to find that I liked, but OH MY GOD was I pleasantly surprised!
|Elena scrutinising the wares from "the man outside Sainsbury's"|
Here's what we both came away with:
Left - This red cotton was a bargainous £1 a metre from 'New Fabric Shops' (or something like that!). I got 4 metres, and have it earmarked for either a McCalls 4769 shirtdress or a dress from a 1980s vintage pattern in my stash. Jen also bought 4 metres for a Megan Nielsen Banksia and a Simplicity 2406 dress.
Right - This Liberty print cotton lawn was £8 a metre from Saeed's. I bought 1 metre, and will try and squeeze a Banksia out of that!
Left - I have no idea what this fabric is! But it feels quite silky and drapes really nicely. I think I'll use it for a Sense & Sensibility Patterns' 1940s swing dress.
Middle - I think I'll use this blue double double-knit jersey for a dress from the Sew U Home Stretch book.
Right - I'm unsure what this fabric will end up being. Possibly a top of some sort - I think it'll suit being used in small amounts.
Left - This brushed cotton will be used for a Papercut Patterns La Sylphide top. It was such good value at £2 a metre!
Middle - Ooh, this is my favourite! Again, I'm not sure what it is but it drapes beautifully. I think it might become a Colette Peony. We'll see!
Right - This black gauzy fabric will be used to underline a slightly-sheer black floral print fabric in my stash, and together they'll become a Colette Sencha.
Left - I bought this grey ribbed jersey for £1.10/m from the Textile Centre. As you can see it has a lovely border print so will make an excellent dress of some kind featuring the print. Not sure which pattern yet - any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Middle - Ahh, love this one! We were just about to leave 'New Fabric Shops' having bought 4 metres each of the red spot fabric when I spotted this beauty. "You couldn't quite make it out of the shop, could you?!" the man said to me. No, I'm weak, I know that. I bought 2 metres for a sundress of some kind - not sure which yet.
Right - This Missoni-esque double-knit jersey from Saeed's is quite thick, and I love the pattern. Again, not sure what it will be yet. Another for the stash!
Left - I've earmarked this for McCalls 2401. Not sure what it is! But I love the pattern and it will work well for a simple shift dress like this I think.
Top right - This gorgeous tribal print cotton is going to be a Darling Ranges dress! It wrinkles like crazy but I couldn't resist it. It was from the market stall outside Sainsbury's.
Bottom right - This was my most expensive purchase at £2.50 (!) a metre. It's black suedette. The lovely suedette appearance doesn't show on the photo but believe me, it's lustrous. It's going to be my next make - a Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt.
So, as you can see, what a haul! This will keep us out of mischief for the next couple of months at least. Have you been to Walthamstow fabric shops and market recently and picked up any beauties?