I’m a total fabric addict! I’ll admit it, I would happily browse a fabric store just to see. I will press my nose against the window of Fabric 8 when it’s closed if they have a new window display. I will spend hours at a Herts Fabric stall just stroking the bales of linen!
I have a ridiculous collection of fabric in my house – some of it bought for a particular project in need, some of it was bought just because it was so beautiful I couldn’t resist and a huge amount of it has been given by loving friends and family who ‘saw this and thought you could use it’ Some of it is fresh new fabric folded neatly in bales, some of it it scraps of other things (‘cos I keep even the smallest piece – you never know when you might need it) A huge amount of it is in another form already and ready to be recycled or – upcycled – into something else.
Whilst I do love new fabric, cutting into a fresh untouched selvedge edge, or running a seam up a virgin pattern, there is something particularly pleasing about giving new life to something old. The problems of fitting a pattern around old seams and hems, fiddling designs around a faded spot or worn patch. It just makes the whole project more satisfying – well I think so anyway.
So back to the sewing machine it is – with the offcuts from an 18th sack back dress and the remnants of some ballet costumes to see what we can make – or maybe an old pair of spare room curtains and and an old duvet cover. If I’m really lucky someone will clear out the old stock room at Liberty’s and and call me to take away their left overs!!
And then of course there are the buttons………………