Despite thinking that the weekend was going to be too full for me to find time to breathe, it actually turned out to be quite a productive one. In between running errands and attending Little Sis' birthday party on Saturday, I managed finally to turn another of my fabrics into a dress.
|Dress: Handmade (Simplicity 2444 bodice w/ gathered skirt)|
I've been telling myself for a while that I really CANNOT justify any more fabric purchases until I've used up what I have. (I did make an exception to this rule for the Mad Men challenge, as I didn't have enough of anything for the pattern I'd wanted to make). However, productivity levels hadn't been that great last week and I'd only gotten as far as pinning out my pattern.
Thankfully, I managed to get it put together in my spare couple of hours on Saturday. OK, so I haven't exactly used up a lot of my stash, but it was one step closer, I suppose. A good thing, too, as Sarah and I went to the NEC on Sunday for the Sewing For Pleasure Show, where I was sure there would be plenty of fabric bargains to be had.
There was quite a lot to see, with various demonstrations running throughout the day. We didn't stay for those, but went to look at the giant fabric books, which were quite impressive. We had a good wander around the stalls themselves and I managed to talk myself out of buying an overlocker, for the time being anyway.
Although there were quite a lot of stalls, I'm not sure that any of the fabric I was interested in was actually any cheaper than you can find it online - in fact, some of it was a LOT more pricey. That said, I did come home with three new fabrics, because I couldn't resist their prints. The camera and the ant print fabrics were £7/m and the dinosaurs, which I already had in black from the last fabric shopping trip, was £8/m (although that's a 60in roll, so I still think that's really good!).
|Fabric finds from the show|
|Dress: Handmade (Simplicity 2444 w/gathered skirt)|
I'm pleased to mention that these are dresses 12 and 13 of the year, which I suppose means that I've already reached my target of one item per month, pro rata. That said, I'm still really enjoying my dressmaking, so long may it continue.