Letting the fabric speak

It’s such a blessing to have good local fabric shops! You’ve probably heard me talk about The Shuttle before. It’s a treasure trove of fabric that’s just a few miles from where we live (a long walk or short car/ train journey) and often has stands at the big craft shows too.

On Wednesday this week I felt I needed some inspiration before giving a talk at my daughters’ school for the year 3 and 4 topic (fashion). After the morning school run, I took the train to Shipley and headed straight to the shop. I had some ideas in mind and took a couple of patterns along.

I found some red wool crepe for my #thelittlereddressproject make, some astonishing pleated silk, black stretch poly satin and this beautiful sweater knit.

Many of the fabrics are clothed in mystery. They are usually labelled as washable or dry clean only, but there’s sometimes nothing more than that! The cut pieces have helpful tags like these.


This is the washable jersey:

I’m assuming that it’s a wool/ polyester / acrylic blend, based on the smell and feel of it (oh, how I wish I could ask my Grandpa as he would have known exactly what it is). The stretch and recovery is good and it’s a little fluffy but not terribly itchy.

After a bit of thinking and some help from Instagram sewing friends, I settled on a sweater dress, based on the Jennifer Lauren Handmade Gable Top pattern. The only alteration I made was to lengthen the front and back by 27cm (11″). It’s a very quick pattern to sew up thanks to the slash/ boat neckline and I love the shape of it.

Gable sweater dress

It will be perfect for the cooler Autumn and Winter days although at the moment it’s very mild and wet here! I’ve just got the sleeve and skirt hems to sew,  which is no longer a source of stress. I’d better stop procrastinating and get on with them!

What are you sewing or crafting at the moment?

2 thoughts on “Letting the fabric speak

  1. Pingback: Autumn capsule wardrobe | nelnanandnora

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