Sunday, 18 March 2018

Shopping at the Vintage Bazaar

Last time the Vintage Bazaar was in Devizes I missed it - we go to the butcher in Devizes, and on that occasion we bought a bag of pricy giant prawns and I needed to get them home, so no shopping for me. Yesterday there was no such problem As I made sure we went to the Bazaar before the butcher.

Lots of the sellers had vintage fabrics and notions for sale. I hadn't expected to find fabric I liked, but I saw this blue rose fabric and liked it - then as soon as I put it down another person showed an interest and I came over all IT MINE! It's a very silky fabric, so probably won't get used much faster than the slippery silk I bought in India, but it's nice to have it for inspiration. It's got that late 50s/early 60s vibe I really love.


I also got a couple of old books, which I'm very much looking forward to reading.

Today I fired up the sewing machine for the first time. I've got a Butterick repro 60s pattern and a fabric remnant. The idea was to make the top using the remnant, just to get a feel for my machine; I wasn't expecting it to look any good. However, after doing the front and back darts, neckline stay-stitching and even putting in a zip, I'm feeling confident that the top will be genuinely wearable. I might make the top properly using the lovely tile-print cloth I got from Gertie Gusset's Vintage Drawers if the practice one is any good.

More on that for you next week, probably.

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  1. That fabric is gorgeous but will probably be a bear to sew and be careful just to pin in the seam allowance incase the pins make holes. Silk isn't too bad to sew if you cut it out in a single layer with lots of pattern weights to stop it shifting about (tins of stuff are good) and then hand stitch everything to stop it sliding. Your top sounds great. I am really looking forward to seeing what you make. It is so addictive. I was laughing at you with the fabric at the fair. I know that feeling! :) Xx

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    1. Oh, ta for that. I think I'll be waiting a long time before tackling either fabric.

      BITCH GET OFF I SAW THE FABRIC FIRST! ;-)

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  2. Congratulations on sewing your 1st garment! Glad it turned out so well! The ghost book looks fascinating. I'm reading all of Zola again- starting with the delightfully salacious "Nana."

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    1. I really like Nana. I'm glad Zola didn't give her the usual Victorian loose woman's death of syphilis...

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  3. Gorgeous fabric! I have an apron with a very similar print, it's also silky.

    It sounds like you are sewing up a storm already. I still can't put a zip in properly!!

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    1. I'm kind of amazed I managed the zip, to be honest. The sewing machine is a marvel, it makes everything so easy.

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  4. Oh, we were there too! What time did you go? I nearly bought some fabric but just ended up buying 1930s sewing and knitting books, as well as a gorgeous 1920s photo postcard. You look like you did well! xx

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    1. We went early - I wanted to get into town and home before the snow hit, in case it was bad.

      I think I'm still in that new hobbyist phase where I want to buy everything I see and like, just in case I never get the chance again... which is why I have about five crates of knitting yarn at home. Pete's already developed his, "What, more?" face for when he sees me approaching a pile of cloth.

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  5. That fabric is gorgeous! And this happens with me all the time: once I put something down, and somebody else picks it up, I must have it! Glad to hear your sewing turned out so well. Can't imagine this happening when I finally try mine. xxx

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    1. There's a bit more of the top to do, but now I've got the zip in, I feel like the rest ought to be fairly simple. (It is a very easy pattern.) It'll wind up being the sort of thing that has other sewing people making suggestions for improvements, but will be wearable even so, I reckon.

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  6. I'm so excited to see your first make, it's so empowering when a pattern comes together and you can wear what you've made. xxx

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    1. Making it again using my Gertie Gusset fabric is looking more and more enticing, I must confess.

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  7. Gosh that blue rose fabric looks so familiar...ave I seem someone wearing it recently or is it a distant memory? I have no idea - but it's fabulous!

    I can't wait to see your practice top. You're very good at getting straight into it...

    The books look intriguing.

    Hope you're keeping warm!

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    1. It's a fairly classic midcentury pattern - there's lots of similar stuff about. I think that's what attracted me to it, the fact that it's so very much of its time.

      Definitely keeping warm. The snow has made me glad I'm a knitter.

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