If I hadn’t learnt the first time I visited The Vintage Fair, I paid it a visit this weekend on its latest visit to Hull and, once again, my fabric stash has grown and my bank balance has shrunk! This trip was a much speedier visit though, as the fabric stall was right where I walked in this time so I picked up my piece as I had just stepped through the door…the second fabric stall was just two stalls away then I was spent up! It was worth it though, I got some great vintage fabrics at great prices!
The first piece that I bought was a piece of 1980s Laura Ashley fabric that I had no idea what I would use it for but I couldn’t leave without it!
The print is pretty large, each square is approx 13 x 14.5cm (so not actually square at all…) and the whole piece measures 116 x 180cm. Because the fabric has been a curtain in a previous life, there is about 10cm at the top that is unusable because of where the stitching was but because of this, the woman only charged me £6 for it! Bargain! Another shopper was eyeing this one up and suggested it would look nice in a kitchen, which it would…if I had a kitchen… However, I mentioned this to my mum when I got in and she said it would make a nice apron and oven glove set so now I’m feeling inspired…it’s never too early to start gathering supplies for when I move out!
The second piece of fabric screamed ‘maxi skirt’ at me the minute I saw it. I’m generally not a skirt person but I saw someone wearing a maxi skirt at uni the other day and the fabric was stunning so I was tempted to make one. When I got to the fair and saw this fabric, I knew that it was destined to be transformed into a maxi! Here it is:
The fabric is quite stretchy and had a decent weight to fall nicely as a skirt. The piece is also huge, it is 178 x 220 cm so there is plenty for a skirt and the piece of fabric only cost £12!
I found this tutorial to make these lovely but incredibly simple maxi skirts, which is what I will be using to make mine:
Unfortunately the skirt is going to be pretty low on my to do list at the moment though, in the next two weeks I have three essays and an exam but then it is the start of my summer holiday so from then on it will be all crafts! Here is a brief reminder (I say brief…) about the sewing projects I currently have in some state of motion:
From the last Vintage Fair I have two bags in process using this curtain:
These have halted for the moment because they use so many bits and pieces and I can’t afford to buy them all in one go at the moment! I am gradually gathering bits every time I get paid so hopefully these bags will be finished eventually!
I also have a dress pattern to make a dress out of the other fabric that I got from the previous Vintage Fair:
As well as that, I am making a holdall to keep my yarn in made from the fabric James bought me on Valentines day from Leeds:
And I am making the pencil skirt from The Great British Sewing Bee book from the fabric I bought from Hobbycraft:
And I finally found a use for the other fabric that I bought from Hobbycraft too! This fabric…
Is going to become this…
I found this lovely tutorial through Pinterest so I am turning the soldier fabric into three of the smallest version of these. I am making one to store my sewing envelopes in, one for the post I receive for my swaps from #PostCircle, Postcrossing and Swap-bot, and one for the cards that I have collected ready to post out! I am also considering making one for my mum to put some sewing envelopes in for her birthday or Christmas!
So, as you can see, it’s a pretty long list! To add to that, James has asked me to make him a bow tie for the end of year ball…I’m not sure how that one will turn out!
As well as sewing, I am currently in the middle of a crochet project for James for Christmas, a knitting project for a friend for Christmas, a birthday present for another friend, several cross stitch projects and I have a huge list of Christmas presents to make for my handmade Christmas…I’m going to have a pretty busy summer by the looks of it! Not to mention that I am starting Not Your Average Crochet’s CAL in June too!
- The Great British Sewing Bee
- Hobbycraft Fabric Sale
- Cutting the Lining…
- My 22 Before 22
- My Valentine’s Treats
- The Vintage Fair