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Bad Dobby …

Oh dear, this isn’t looking good, my dobby fabric is, as it turns out, pretty rubbish to sew.

See those threads on the wrong side? They are a bl**dy nuisance! Every time I press the fabric, I catch a thread with the tip of the iron and suddenly I’m left with a gap in the pattern. You can just see where I have sewn a line of stitching to try and hold them in place … waste of time! What’s more, just to add insult to injury, I have used this fabric in the hope of creating a soft, floppy pair of Colette Iris shorts … that was a mistake. On the packet it clearly states the suitable fabrics and floppy dobby is not one of them!

I have trudged on in a kind of fantasy, hoping that against the odds it will all come good …

It’s not going to happen. I can’t seem to get the waistband to fit in the shorts, am I going mad? Have I got E confused with F at the paper pattern stage? No, I’ve double checked everything, though clearly it is my mistake, no one else has this bother. What’s more the dobby isn’t holding out very well and is simply giving up and letting go of the seams I’ve sewn. There is much fraying in our midsts. I think that even if I do sort these out, I’ll have to be very careful when I wear them. One clumsy fall into the sitting position and my polka dot knickers will be the only fabric covering my dignity.

Having said all that, I’m determined see Iris through (with another fabric). These shorts are the perfect shape for me (when I manage to get them on) and I love the pockets (when they sit in the right direction) and I love the retro styling. So, even if these particular ones end up in the recycling bin, there will be others!


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Friday fabrics …

Last week I ordered a couple of bits of fabric online and slowly (oh, frustratingly slowly) it has made it’s way to me (on the back of a donkey I think) and honestly? I’m a little disappointed. I don’t think I’m experienced enough really to risk buying material without touching it first so it’s been an expensive lesson. Don’t fret, it’s not unusable, just not quite what I expected.

First up is my eagerly awaited red and navy gingham. This actually arrived in reasonable time and I can’t fault the buying process but I’m still not sure if I would have bought it had I felt it first.  It’s 100% cotton, “perfect for dressmaking” and £5.99 a metre. I bought it with the Simplicity 2444 in mind (I have been admiring this dress all over blogland). I’m not sure now, I love the colours and the check but it’s a bit light weight and will surely need a lining.  It’s not like other ginghams (probably why they’ve described it as a check), it creases very easily and seems more like a voile really. Plus, when I washed it there are a couple of flaws that I’m going to have to cut round, PLUS it’s now in the sale at £4.70 (grrr!). If you really like it, you can get it at Remnant Kings, but remember postage is £4.95 (gulp).

Second up is this squiggle number. I wasn’t sure if I should buy this or not as the postage was (for the amount of fabric) remarkably steep at £5.95, I did order it with something else but that was tiny! Anyway it took 7 days to get here (I know!) and now I’ve got it in my hands I’m wondering how I’m going to sew it (slippy, slippy). It feels a bit like lining fabric, not the soft satiny drape I was hoping for. Oh well, moan over, it might be just what you’re looking for! If so, you need to head for Croft Mill and it’s called ‘Lost Cause’ which describes me quite well after my uneducated purchases!

On a brighter note, if you want to buy the Simplicity 2444 pattern, go to Jaycotts. I got it with 50% off at only £3.38! This was probably my most exciting parcel as it contained zips, cottons and the pattern and nothing excites me more than a parcel of notions with my address on (well, that’s not strictly true …).

But, there is more (sorry, this is a long post isn’t it). I went to a proper shop with proper bolts of proper fabric and a proper real life lady to serve me with a smile (well she didn’t smile but maybe she was hungry). I bought this dobby and (proper) gingham, all cheap as chips, no postage and no disappointment.

Ooh, and there’s that red and blue check again, creeping in on the good guys!

Now I just have to find somewhere to put it all! Have a lovely weekend.


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