Thursday 20 June 2013

Retail Therapy

I hit the jackpot at the carboot on Wednesday! There was a lady selling a bunch of her old quilting books and magazines :) apparently she has too many (not the case for me of course!) they are all completely amazing and I can't believe how lucky I was to find them!! My only regret was not buying all her things, she had more magazines that I wish I got now - isn't that always the way!?
I will be enjoying reading through these books over the summer and I'm sure gaining lots of inspirations and ideas, after only a flick-through my head is already buzzing.
Following on with the retail therapy I purchased the Staple Dress pattern by April Rhodes, I'm really excited about this. I've only made one dress before in sewing class with my mum a few years back, but I don't wear it as I didn't conceal the zipper (dohh!) and its not a nice zipper that you would want to expose... so I'm hoping this will be the first official dress I make and wear for myself. I've heard lots of good things about it, and everyone on the blogosphere seems to have made one so I thought I may be able to tackle it! I plan on making a muslin version first, and then using either of these two fabrics for the real version? 

I recently bought the cream floral fabric from Etsy, I just looove the pattern and colours - but I'm undecided whether to use it as a quilt-backing as I originally intended? The other fabric I purchased from a fabulous shop in Rome last year called Fratelli Bassetti Tessuti. Floor to ceiling in fabric, and I found this tucked away in a little corner. I thought it looked quite 60s and kitsch, a perfect dress print for me! 
So lots to be getting on with this weekend, see you next week friends! xo


  1. Look at that fabulous haul! Such great finds.

    I'm here to cheer you on with the dress making. I know you'll do a great job. Just be ready to start a new fabric stash for the dressmaking hobby. It's addictive too. ;)

  2. Ooh that looks like a fun stack of quilting books!

  3. Wow, that is more than the jackpot, its amazing luck!! Hopefully you will find loads of wonderful tips and inspiration in these books. The pattern looks great, goodluck with it. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out. xoxo

  4. Lovely fabrics! Ooo... both would make oh so lovely dresses though I think the pink background with blue would make a dreamy Staple!


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