Shepherd’s Bush Fabrics

I took advantage of a free, dismal April Monday with to mooch along Goldhawk Road’s many fabric shops to pick up material for various projects.  Amazingly, I only succumbed to two lengths that were not on my shopping list!

From top to bottom:

– Wedding outfit (silk/cotton Liberty @ £13)

– Bridesmaid kimonos (cotton @ £3.99)

– lining/top ‘couldn’t resist’ (silk/cotton @ £6.00)

– ‘Gentleman’s’ dressing gown (hand-woven silk @ £25)

Tie project (cotton velvet @ £10)

– Winter skirt ‘coundn’t resist’ (dog’s tooth tweed wool @ £12)

– recycling maternity cordory dress project (polyester jaquard lining @ £4.50 and jumbo cord (cotton @ £7.50)

– recovering sofa mattress (wool herringbone @ £8.00)







Alumni Creations

Two delightful dresses for Edwina’s grandaughters made from new remnants and recycled charity finds – note the excellent choice of buttons and zips!



February Sew-days

A mother & daughter day – one vintage fabric and one new length from the Cambridge branch of Sew Creative, home-made soup and some excellent cheese.  What better way to spend a Saturday?

Alas, there was not time to complete the outfits on the first visit – happily, they were able to return later in the month (and will be back to make a top to match the skirt)!

Festive Sew-days

On two days between Christmas and New Year, we enjoyed sewing around the Christmas tree!

The 30-year, multicoloured house-gown project and a gorgeous Liberty blouse made a little progress; an elegant Japanese jacket was completed in a day; a cushion-cover with a promise of spring was begun and a chic 1950’s period dress began to take shape.

Dorota, Sebastian and Marta also joined in – but no progress on the Marta quilt was made – hopefully it will be completed in 2018 (project year 3)!  It was lovely to see Sebastian’s quilt again!

(Note Sid’s absence – far too many people!)

Double-take II

My favourite purple corduroy skirt, created c. 2010 from a maternity dress that I made in the 1980s was looking rather shabby.

Happily the voluminous dress just provided sufficient fabric for a second edition (in a slightly more modest length).

I plan to turn the blouson bodice of the dress into a jacket one day too!

Weekend Winter Wardrobe

Over a long weekend, several garments were created in anticipation of wintery weather ahead.

A pinafore was created by removing the sleeves of a charity-shop Jigsaw find (not pictured) and the Sew-in-Company reserve of fabric lengths was raided to create another pinafore and two skirts.

£1.99 Oxfam fabric length (before white flaw removed)

Same pattern, different fabrics & waist finishes

Sid enjoying soft wool tweed!

Pirates of Penzance

A new, delightful, Sew-in-Company experience this week – joining a friend in the kitchen of a primary school near Luton to tackle the cotumes for a Bedford Youth Opera production of the Pirates of Penzance.  The stage design and principal costumes made by the Art Director are fantastic – if you would like to see them, buy a ticket.  From listening to the young performers rehearse, I can promise a wonderful evening’s entertainment!

Vintage Book Fabric

The last of the length of vintage fabric combined with some offcuts of white to make a unique dress (see 12 March, Recovering Boards and 9 May, Book Club Blouse posts) .

Although it has a recycled linig, the cotton skirt is not the best of quality so the garment may not be a pleasure to wear (in which case the top section will be converted into a bouse!).