Simplicity 1540: High Fashion or Hi-larious

Simplicity 1540 Front

High Fashion or Hi-larious?

I’m not really sure about this coat.  My IRL sewing friend and coat sewing phenom (seriously all her coats are gorgeous) Caroline thinks it’s reminiscence of early Vivienne Westwood.  I think it’s a bit much with the print AND the colors AND the collar.  Some days I feel like a clown wearing it.  On the other hand, it’s so super comfy that I’ve been wearing so often I think I need another… in a solid.. obviously.   The collar feels like a cozy built in scarf.  I think I need to speak to a sewing therapist about this.  What?  There’s no such thing?!!

 

Some Words of Advice from a non-qualified Sewing Therapist

Well, I figured since no one was doing this sewing therapist gig, I’d give it a try.

  • Advice #1:  Collar Orientation:  The ruffle collar is taller on one side than the other.  The instructions have you putting the shorter side up and longer side down.  It definitely looked clownish.  I turned it upside down, longer side up, and it looked a bit more high fashion.

Simplicity 1540 Close Up

 

  • Advice #2:  Hand Sew Ruffle.  Sounds like more work but you’re dealing with 4 layers of fleece and there’s little to guide you to get the center of the ruffles right on the edge of the neckline.  I was 100% sure I would end up angrily unpicking fleece and cursing.  I stitched the back of the ruffle to the front of the neckline so there was no guessing.Simplicity 1540 Hand Stitch Ruffle

 

  • Advice 3:  Check the sleeve length.  It’s too short for what I would call sorta stumpy arms.  The long sleeve shirt I’m wearing underneath is about 2″ longer.  I could have unpicked the cuff and cut a longer cuff but I thought it would look weird and it would involve the unpicking and swearing I was trying to avoid in Advice #1.  Not sure what terrible pose I was trying in this pic but it works great for demonstrating the too short sleeves.Simplicity 1540 Sleeves Too Short

  •  Advice #4:  Print Match the Lazy Way.  If I didn’t pick a print, this coat would have been super easy.  Since I had a feeling that the coat would end up not that great, I decided to do lazy print matching.  First you cut out one of the pattern pieces from your fashion fabric.  Fold up the seam allowance that you’re trying to match and pin.  Laid it down on the fabric where the print would be continuous and put down the next piece matching the seam lines and cut. Lazy Print Matching

 

Simplicity 1540 Print Matching

Look at this print matching.

  • Advice #5:  Skip the Print.  In this style I think a solid or a small pattern would look better.  It would also be much speedier.

Well, how did I do?  Do I have a future dispensing sewing advice?  Probably not but that was fun for a moment.

Link to my pattern review.

Happy sewing,

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6 Responses to Simplicity 1540: High Fashion or Hi-larious

  1. June says:

    Great pattern matching – that was the first thing that I noticed. I think you can carry it off with flair, provided you exude self-confidence. Swagger or something? LOL. I have a Desigual RTW coat that is sort of eyepopping in its garish details, but I swear I feel fabulous when I put it on; I walk tall and have gotten a lot of compliments on the coat, even from strangers.

  2. Chris says:

    Wow, great tip on the matching, which hopefully I’ll remember to look at when I need it. I wonder if that’s part of why European patterns don’t include the SA.

    I’m not sure about the jacket either. At first glance I was leaning toward hi-larious, mostly because the combo of collar and print overwhelms your small frame. But as I kept looking at it I liked it better and think it could work well in a solid. Living in the cold, I am envious of that very warm and cozy looking collar! I could see adding it to a long sleeve top for a built-in scarf.

    • I’m not sure why European patterns exclude SA. It is convenient for pattern matching and measuring finished measurements.

      Hi-larious was my first reaction, too. In person the colors are much brighter than in the pictures. It’s a bright teal and taupe. The outside pics are super muted. The pics of the print matching is closer but still dull. Maybe if you saw it in person your verdict would be highly hi-larious.

  3. accordion says:

    AWESOME print matching!

    Plus – I like the jacket as is, good to brighten things up on a dull and chilly day.

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Papercut Watson: The Lazy Way

Papercut Watson Front

Mental Cleanse

After the mental exercise of pants, I wanted to pick a quick and easy project as a mental cleanse.  Something easy on the noggin’.  I decided on the Papercut Watson pattern.  I don’t know why I keep thinking it’ll be quick and easy because it’s not.  It’s a fully lined jacket with bound button holes and with an additional complexity of the cape.  But… is there a way to make it quick and easy… hmmm…

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Papercut Watson Shortcuts

Here’s a list of shortcuts that I took to make it a quick and easy project.  Not all of my decisions were wise so use these at your own risk.

Thumbs upShort Cut #1:  Make the sleeveless version

No sleeves means less fabric, less cutting, less sewing and less fitting.  Since it’s not ever that cold here, I can wear various long sleeve shirts underneath.  Added bonus is that the shirt can give my outfit a pop of color since my jacket is boring grey.

papercut watson shortcut #1

Thumbs upShort Cut #2: Fit quickly

This style is looser on the body and the cape can hide a multitude of fitting issues so I skimped on the fitting.  I went 1 size down because I’m only wearing a tee underneath.  I shortened the jacket in various spots for my petite proportions.  I also used a larger size for the hips for my pear shape.

 

Thumbs upShort Cut #3: Use non-fussy fabric

I used a thick drape-y felt for it’s non-frayiness.  Felt also doesn’t have a grain so I cut the pieces without worrying about getting it straight on grain.

Watson Felt Fabric

Thumbs upShort Cut #4:  Sew regular button holes

The picture on the pattern cover has bound button holes.  I did a normal 4 step button hole and Fray Stopped around it.  The felt won’t unravel so I’m not too worried about the stability.  Would have been much better if I had actually interfaced the facing piece.

 

 

Thumbs downShort Cut #5:  Not reading the instructions

Needless to say that there was a lot of unpicking due to this.  Since I added a decorative topstitch, there was 3x the unpicking.  :( boo hoo!!  How and where the cape attaches to the body of the jacket is tricky.  So tricky I did I fine on one side and managed to mess up the other side right afterwards.

 

 

Thumbs downShort Cut #6:  Eliminate the lining

This was a good idea on paper.  Less cutting, less sewing, less fussing, no additional shopping for lining fabric.  The reality is that this was not a good idea.  I don’t think it saved a lot of time because I ended up having catch stitch the hem and the facings to the jacket by hand.  Good thing the felt fabric hide the stitching well.  If I lined the bodice it would also be a bit easier to get the jacket on and off.  At a minimum I should have lined the cape because a pretty pop of color would have been beautiful.  Lining the cape would have been quick.

 

 

Thumbs downShort Cut #7: Eliminate the interfacing

Also not a good idea.  In fact I had planned on interfacing it with a sew-in interfacing.  I simply forgot to do it in my rush to get it done.  ::palm to face::   The fabric is fairly stable but it could use the extra support; especially around the button holes.

So there you go.  4 out of 7 shortcuts were successful.  In school that’s definitely a failing grade.  But in the wonderful, rainbow filled world of sewing I’d give myself an A for not making a wadder.  :)

 

 

Silhouette Pattern Jossilyn’s Top

The top I’m wearing underneath is Silhouette Pattern Jossilyn’s top.  The fabric is a dark raspberry, gooey goodness wool merino from The Fabric Store.  I whipped this up in one night by remaking a pattern I’ve already sewn before.  I eliminated the French darts for even more speed.  I’ve made it before in a less stretchy fabric, so this top is about 1-2 sizes too big.  Which brings me to the bonus short cut.

source: Silhouette Patterns

source: Silhouette Patterns

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Bonus Shortcut:  Using the same pattern twice.

Blindly reusing a pattern is a bad idea.  If the stretch is different, even if we’re talking wovens, you need to adjust the sizing of the pattern.  I’ve done this haphazardly a number of time, resulting in garments that are too small or too large.  Will I ever learn?!

Silhouette Patterns Jossilyn Top

I do love the yoke and the little pleats so I’ll learn to live with the top but it looks like I’m trying to hide a big Christmas dinner.  Not hiding a big tummy but literally I can fit a Christmas ham in there.

Silhouette Pattern Jossilyn Top Close Up

 

 

Final Final Thoughts on Watson

In the middle of sewing, when the collar was not yet attached, I wasn’t sure about the pattern.  It was a little.. umm.. Catholic priest-ish.  No offense to Catholic priest.Priest Costume

When the collar goes on, it’s really cute.  I love the high low hem of the peplum.  Below are some more pics and views for those who made it to the end of this lengthy post.Papercut Watson Side

Papercut Watson Back

Papercut Watson Ikea Rug

Link to my pattern review.

Happy Holiday Shortcut Sewing,

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8 Responses to Papercut Watson: The Lazy Way

  1. Julianne says:

    PS I have some thin brown plaid wool that would be perfect for this fabric, but I’m thinking about making myself semi-professional pants from them, but I might not.

  2. Julianne says:

    Theoretically one could line the cape after the fact. Use the pattern to cut the fabric, turn back the edges of the lining, and hand sew into that stitch-hiding felt. The lining wouldn’t even have to extend to the top of the cape. You could even just put some pretty bias tape on the inside if you wanted to get really shortcutty about it.

  3. Kyle says:

    I saw this pattern made up on Tilly’s blog and she also thought it had that catholic thing going on, but I think her version and yours is really sweet and also matches the theme of your blog. :)

    I’d definitely need the sleeves though….too cold here for a coat without sleeves.

    Loved how you listed out the pros and cons!! great reading!

    • Thanks Kyle. I had to refrain myself from making detective-y puns. I can go over board with my theme. Occasionally we’ve had temps into the 30s/40s at night but I’m sure that’s short sleeve weather for you. :)

  4. Accordion3 says:

    Love it – channelling Sherlock rather than your average Cardinal.

    Good time saving tips too. I’ve had hassles re-using a pattern with a different fabric type. I rescued my shorts – just!

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1 Year Blogaversary!!!

Waffle Celebrates in Style

Happy Blogaversary To Me!

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started Detective Houndstooth.  I’m pretty proud that I was able to clobber together a blog that is somewhat functional and looks half way decent.  That’s also my standard in sewing:  somewhat functional and looks half way decent.  I’ve blogged about 17 sewn items but have made another 10 or so that didn’t make it to the blog.  These are repeats of the patterns I’ve done before and I didn’t have anything more to say about it.  The items I wear the most are basics like the the Kirsten Kimono Tee, Deer and Doe Plantain tee and the SBCC Manhattan trousers.  Of course Waffle uses his bolster bed daily.  I had the privilege of testing 2 patterns, the PR Winter Street dress and SBCC Vesper dress.  It’s really fun to be a part of the process and to help improve the pattern.

 

Most Popular Posts

Although there was a lot of selfish sewing going on, I did manage to post a variety of tutorials and a few patterns.  I think these were well received since they’re my top 3 blog post views.

1) Stash Folding Like a Pro:  Wow! You sewists are serious about your stashes.  I’m happy to say that I’m still using this folding system and my stash is looking as organized as ever.

Free Tutorial Stash Folding

2) Flower Scarf:  This is a free pattern for a quick and lovely flower scarf.  It’s been downloaded almost a thousand times.  I can’t decide if it’s popular because sewists love the scarf or sewist love free things.  It’s probably a combination of both.

Free Pattern Flower Scarf

3) Stacking Ring Toy:  This is another free pattern.  It’s a kid’s stacking ring toy that seems to have gotten a lot of people excited and feeling nostalgic.  I put this pattern out about 3 months ago and it quickly shot up to my top views.  It’s seriously gaining on the Flower Scarf which was released almost a year ago.  This pattern has seen hundreds of downloads.

Stacking Ring Toy
 

 

Not So Popular Posts

The posts that haven’t seen that many eyeballs are my shopping adventures, particular the National City Swap Meet and London shopping post.   I’m thinking these are too location specific and don’t apply to a lot of my readers.  I don’t obsessed over page views.  It’s just that I have limited time to blog and if these aren’t useful to others and I definitely don’t need to read them (I was there), then the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.  Thoughts?

National City Swap MeetLondon Shopping

Thanks For a Great Year

Thank you to everyone who have taken the time to leave me a comment.  I know commenting can be difficult when you’re reading on your phones or my spam blocker is a little tooo effective.  I love reading everyone’s comments and gleefully respond to them all.  If you have any suggestions on what I can do more of or things  you hate seeing on blogs (yes, I’ve seen the pattern testing controversy) please let me know in the comments or by e-mailing me at detectivehoundstooth@gmail.com.  Well I think I’ve dissected my year of blogging enough.  I do love data and analytics but I love actually sewing a lot more.  Thanks for following along with me this year.  I hope you stick around for another.

Happy sewing,

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  1. Kyle says:

    I didn’t realize your blog had been going over a year now, I thought it was a more recent thing. So I just read some of your posts. Lots of helpful info in here! I love posts about fabric shopping so I’m surprised those were lower ranked.

    That is a neat tip about fabric folding!

  2. Jill says:

    Happy bloggy day! Glad you chose to put your creations out in the world. And you are quite funny, I must say :)

  3. Congrats on a year! I don’t even know how to check my analytics (or what they are, really), so you are way better at this than me, LOL! I might have to check out the scarf–I’m in need of something to go with the gloves I got my aunt…

    • Oh those analytic. On wordpress they’re in the Jetpack plugin. That’s what I use. It gives you # of visitors, page views, clicks etc. You can also sign up for google analytics which will give you more robust data.

      How about you forget all about it and spend your time on that scarf instead?!

  4. Carrie says:

    Happy Blogaversary! Blogging is so much more work than you expect it to be…so congrats on making it a year! I love reading your posts and look forward to more :) Your posts are always well thought out yet still hilarious!!

    • Aww thanks Carrie! Blogging is a lot of work. I’ve had many moments of “what am I doing all this work for?”. But then I think about all the wonderful blogs I love reading, like yours and I suck it up and get it done.

  5. June says:

    Congrats! I’ve enjoyed seeing your work this year!

  6. Carol Faulkner says:

    I liked your shopping posts. I will never get to shop where you do so I like to see what available there.
    Happy anniversary.

  7. Mads says:

    Happy blogaversary!! Can’t wait to see what you make and share in your second year–I always enjoy reading your entries!

  8. Accordion3 says:

    Happy one years blogging!!!

  9. Kyla says:

    Happy 1 year! I love your blog, shopping posts and all… and I just pinned the ring toy post for later :)

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SBCC Manhattan Trousers

SBCC Manhattan Trousers Finished

OMG Pants Are So Complicated

I’ve made pants before and they always looked great… from the front.  For years I was living in ignorance-is-bliss land.  I sorta knew that I had some issues from the back from the Pattern Review pics that I took and quickly deleted from my camera.  One day I put my ill-fitted big girl pants on and got a full view of this horror show via my 3 way mirror.   I have a tutorial for a 3 way mirror using IKEA mirrors if anyone wants to give it a try. Now that I can see my issues clearer, I can clearly see I was still just as clueless.

3 way mirrorI searched the internet and blog-o-sphere and found very little that pertained to pants fitting and even less about my specific issues.  So I spent some quality time with a very used, older edition of Fitting & Pattern Alteration which as 32 fit adjustments that relates to pants.  The book includes an impressive number of fitting issues from cylindrical-shaped torso to large thighs inside to hyper-extended calves.  The adjustments I thought I needed, in the order that I tackled them:

1. Petite adjustment
2. Inward knee adjustment
3. “Droopy butt” adjustment
4. Other FBA aka Full butt adjustment

Petite Adjustment

Since I’m pear-shaped and petite I had debated between starting with the Sewaholic Thurlow pants or the SBCC Manhattan trousers. It seemed to be easier to pear a petite pattern rather than petite a pear pattern. That’s a tongue twister. I felt like too much that could go wrong when petite-ing lengths; especially the crotch curves.  Adding room for more hips seemed less tricky.  So I started with the SBCC Manhattan Trousers which is already pre-petited for me.  Check that one off the list.

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Source: Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Manhattan Trousers

Inward Knee Adjustment

My podiatrist told me about this issue a long time ago. It basically means my knee caps are not at the middle of my leg but a little more towards my inner leg.

Inward Knees

I had no idea that it would manifest more on the back of the pants. This causes diagonal wrinkles that start at your hips and goes in towards your knee at the inseam. The fix is really strange. You pinch out a wedge at the hip/thigh area to remove the excess at the outer seam. Can’t wrap my head around it but it worked.  The red pattern outline is my pattern overlaid over the green pattern which is the original pattern.

Inward Knee Adjustment

“Droopy Butt” Adjustment

I put “droopy butt” in quotations since I don’t think my rear is droopy. Well.. not yet. Rather the fullness is low. So my bottom is shaped more like a half tear drop than say someone with a “shelf butt”.  The fix is to lower the crotch curve to better match my fullness. Droopy Butt Adjustment

The Other FBA (oFBA)

Last on my list is the other FBA or full butt adjustment. In RTW I’m the person who has to wear a size larger to fit it around my hips/butt area, leaving the waist to be too big and gap-y. It was not attractive. I did my full butt adjustment like many of you do your full bust adjustment. I slashed and spread a wedge shape length-wise and width-wise on each cheek. Don’t slash all the way across, i.e. side seam to side seam because you’ll add crotch length which is a whole different issue. I took some trial of adding, putting them on and looking confusing at myself in the 3 way mirror to figure out how much I needed.

Full Butt Adjustment

Final Thoughts on Fitting

I’m really pleased at how they turned out.  I think Betsy had many sleepless nights after hearing about how many versions of her pant pattern I had made. I assured her it wasn’t the pattern. Betsy wrote a great blog post on fitting pants if you need some sage advice or if you want to see her great Ginger jeans.  The reason why I when through so many versions was that I’m non-standard shape so I had to make more adjustments.  Plus I take them one and a time so I can see when I do X, Y happens.  Instead of I did these 10 things and have no idea what caused the fit to get better or worse.

So here are my pants in red denim that feels like thick paper.  I tried the washing it in Coke trick and it didn’t make a difference.  I have had success with this trick in the past.  Unfortunately, the papery fabric looks horribly wrinkly and makes it look like I have fit issues.  Maybe it’s what Anne of Clothing Engineering is talking about in her post about accuracy of photos.   Though I think I still need some small tweaks, I’ve been very happily wearing them everywhere.

SBCC Manhattan Trousers Front

SBCC Manhattan Trousers Back

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  2. aleah says:

    Okay, I guess I need to make red jeans and photograph them in your backyard now… seems to be a trend.
    These look great! I laughed so hard when I saw your first headline – yes, stupid complicated. BUT, once you have a pattern that fits you can just keep making more!

  3. Betsy says:

    These look lovely! glad you see you have persevered over the UFO pant. Honestly, I had just given up on you, lol! I was sure these were destined for UFO oblivion. but you salvaged them beautifully and I hope you will use them again now that you have invested the time to make them work.

    • They were not UFO pants. Though if you find UFO printed fabric that I would make pants from, I think that would be pretty funny/punny. They were just on stand by as life got in the way of my sewing time. I’m definitely going to make more pants from the pattern.

  4. Caroline says:

    I love the pants, they look great. Here’s to some fun pant sewing when (if) i ever get back.

  5. Gail says:

    Gotta love red pants! The only advice I would offer is to pinch out the horizontal fold at the front crotch. I have to do this adjustment on my pants patterns. I’m a petite too :) You’ve done a great fitting & sewing job on these pants!

    • Thanks for the advice. There is some funny business going on there. Have you had success with any particular pant pattern?

      • Gail says:

        The Jalie Jeans pattern fits me better than any other pants pattern straight from the envelope. I’ve had to do the adjustment I mentioned above on the Jalie pattern as well as Big4 patterns. That horizontal fold below the zipper is because the front crotch length is too long. When you transfer the adjustment to your flat pattern be sure to place it in the exact location as on your pants. You will fold out the excess and taper to zero as if you are folding a dart. You have a perfect fit in the back! I’m envious :)

        • Thanks for the tips on the Jalie Jeans and the fitting. I’ll look at the Jalie pattern pieces to see if it looks similar to my final pattern piece. I definitely need to take out the excess of the front.

  6. Accordion3 says:

    Awesome!

    Your perseverance is very impressive.

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London Fabric Shopping – Tips from a Clueless American

Tip #1 – figure out where the stores are before leaving the hotel room

I recently visited London on vacation. I kinda sorta did some research on fabric shopping which amounted to skimming a couple of blog posts. I found the area with a good cluster of stores and headed there. I decided on Berwick Street in Soho, so off I went.

Source:  Lonely Crafter's Guide to London

Source: Lonely Crafter’s Guide to London

 

 

Tip #2 – Don’t confuse East vs West when coming out of the Tube station

The nearest Tube station to these stores was Oxford Circle. Coming out of the station I was completely at a loss of which way was East. Oh no problem, look for the sun. Oh gee, it’s cloudy in London and I can’t see the sun at all. Like not even a glimmer if it was to my right or to my left. 15 minutes walking in the wrong direction later, I found Berwick St. I recently bought a mini compass from REI that can clip to my sleeve for future preventative care.

Source:  Lonely Crafter's Guide to London

Source: Lonely Crafter’s Guide to London

 

 

 Tip #3 – Don’t get sticker shock when you’re in Soho

I found a few fabrics that I loved but they were over £55 per meter. Wow, that’s like $88+/meter. Apparently the problem with my lack of prior research (see tip #1) was that I had wondered into some of the priciest fabric shops in London. There were some reasonably priced fabrics but they were similar to fabrics I can get locally and not worth hauling all the way across the Atlantic.

Fabrics

 

 

Tip #4 – Pick up sewing magazines at the convenience store

I picked up issues of Burda, Ottobre and Mollie Makes at what I would describe as a convenience store. Drop into a few of these as their selection vary. These make great plane reading and don’t take up too much space. I tried looking in book stores but I didn’t see any magazines.Sewing Magazines

 

 

Tip #5 – Take pics because you won’t remember the shops

After a couple of shops it was all a big blur of where I’ve been and what I’ve seen. If you have a fabric in mind that you want to come back and purchase later, make sure you snap a pic of the shop and note where it is.  This is especially useful on Berwick St since there are a multiple Cloth House and Misan stores.

Fabric Shops

 

 

Tip #6 – Have fun fondling

Though I didn’t end up buying any fabric I enjoyed fondling fabrics. Bonus: Fondling is free.  I hope you had a fun time reliving my clueless American fabric shopping excursion with me.

Happy clueless shopping,

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  1. Kyle says:

    I love magazines from the UK–a lot of times there are freebies included with the fashion mags!

  2. Stitchwiz says:

    I’m going to Switzerland, about an hour from Zurich, to help my sister with some decorating after major renovations.
    Do you have any experience or suggestions for shopping there?

  3. Gill says:

    next time you are here, go to the Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush. and look in W H Smiths for crafty magazines. The hammersmith and city, or district lines will take you to Goldhawk Road

    • Thanks for the tips Gill. Goldhawk seemed pretty far at the time but with my getting lost and the crowds of Soho it probably would be the same amount of time. I wandered into a Waterstone book store and didn’t see any magazines. I was at W H Smith in the Heathrow airport but that’s probably a super scaled down version of their regular stores. Not planning ahead was my downfall.

  4. aleah says:

    Aahh, I didn’t know you were going to Europe! I love London, it’s where we went on our honeymoon (pre-clothes-sewing era, though, so I didn’t do any fabric shopping). I hope you had a wonderful time! You should be proud of your restraint in not buying unremarkable fabric just because you were on vacation; I possess no such restraint usually.
    I can relate to the disorienting feeling after coming up from a subway station – once in Paris I assumed I would be able to see the Eiffel Tower from the tube stop – nope! Cue 20 minutes of wandering around like a crazy person looking at the sky and shouting “where is it? I thought it was tall!”

    • What I didn’t spend on fabric, went to help fund the extravagant dinner at the Savoy Grill. I have little restraint when it comes to great food.

      LOL You sound hopelessly lost like me. I’m surprised how I’ve survived as much traveling as I did. At least on vacation I have someone else to help me get oriented.

  5. Ellen says:

    I will be traveling to London & Paris next Spring on a tour specifically organized around fashion & fabric shopping! This post definitely builds on the excitement!

  6. Betsy says:

    Ah, ha! You and I should have swapped London fabric experiences. I made it to Goldhawk Road and got some real bargains, but wanted the top notch stuff that I will forever be afraid to cut into. At the risk of sounding a bit snobby, when I am importing/hauling fabric across the Atlantic I am looking for those WOW, one of a kind pieces and I will pay for it- monetarily at first then emotionally later when I get home and see how much I actually spent.
    Got my fix at Liberty though!

    • LOLOL I never figured you to be a fabric snob! I kept thinking that this very expensive fabric was going to end up in my stash forever like my very expensive silk Pucci fabric. It’s a border print and I only bought one yard of it so I’m STILL trying to find the perfect pattern for it. Maybe I should send it to you to forever be afraid to cut into it.

  7. Caroline says:

    Did you go downstairs at Misan? They have a great remnants table. In the end I didn’t buy anything either. Most of the nice fabric I saw was comparable to the quality of Mood and much more expensive. UK in general is so freaking pricey. I don’t know how people survive here! That Ottobre cover… Love that they are showing an older and plus size lady, but I have to believe they could have found a better picture of her!

    • I did explore all the floors at every shop. Nothing felt unusual enough for me to pick up. In Paris I picked up a beautiful double sided, different color each side, wool knit that I haven’t seen here.

      The Ottobre issue has lots of great basics. They did a lot with neoprene which seems to be the fabric of the moment.

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