Sunday, 8 September 2013

Vintage Fair in Hammersmith

I met my friend Nat at Hammersmith Town Hall at 10am for the P&A Vintage Fair (They are held in London every month in a different venue).

Getting there early(ish for a Sunday) paid off - it was quite quiet!
Nat was looking for 1940's - 1950's stuff and I was on the hunt for 1960's sewing patterns (and any cool stuff really).

We both got lucky - Nat got a gorgeous 1950's hand-made Mexican circle skirt. It is yellow with hand-painted black texture and a hand-painted black and bronze border!
I found a stall with loads of old sewing patterns. After a good systematic rummage through them all I settled for these three babies. And they were only £4 each too!

Vogue 6510, Simplicity 6392 and Butterick 3814



Which one would you like to make?
Which one do you think I should sew first?

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Goldhawk Road fabric finds

Despite living in London for nearly three years, yesterday was the first time I have visited the material-mecca that is Goldhawk Road and Shepherd's Bush Market.
The Material-Mecca Goldhawk Road!
An early morning start with my friend Kris was the perfect way to enjoy the sunshine as we wandered down the market and scouted the best stalls for notions, threads and buttons. Starting at one side of the road we proceeded to experience a crazy world of fabric for every occasion; as you can see from the photos it was pretty quiet and we had the time to browse at our own leisure.

I tried to be restrained and gave explicit instructions to my friend to curb my enthusiasm for mad retro prints, wild colour-ways and unsuitable fabric weights. I came prepared with patterns for my two makes that are next in line (Grainline Archer and Colette Laurel) so I knew what amount and type of materials I *needed* (I mean wanted....).

Ooops a bit too sunny in Shepherd's Bush!
The first hit of the day was from Fabric House Ltd where I discovered not one but two gorgeous prints for £4.50 a metre. I asked for a metre and a half of each print but due to some printing faults near the selvedge he gave me TWO and a half metres of each for the price of a metre and a half!! The first is an abstract print that reminds me of blurred street and car lights on a dark rainy November evening.

Abstract print £4.50 p/m Fabric House
The second is (unusually for me) a dark floral print that is a semi see-through chiffon-style weight. This reminded me of the A/W2103 Givenchy collection I had seen in Marie Claire the day before!

Dark Floral £4.50 p/m Fabric House Ltd
Givenchy A/W 2013
I thought the Colette Laurel would look awesome in the abstract print and make a second Grainline Scout Woven Tee with the floral fabric with silky black bias-binding.  
What do you think - Will these prints work with the selected garment patterns?

The final fabric of the day was a cotton black and white gingham for my Grainline Archer button-up shirt (a homage / copy-cat of Andrea's at Four Square Walls) which I bought for £2 a metre from Orya Textiles.
Black and White Gingham £2 p/m Orya Textiles
I am excited to get stuck into these makes but I know I have loads of work deadlines to hit over the next few weeks. I will need to heed Lauren from Lladybird's advice and find the time to squeeze little sewing tasks into my working week.