Fabric Fear

I've bought three gorgeous pieces of fabric over the last couple of weeks. 

First up was this deep green Cloud 9 fabrics rayon that I got from Crafty Angel when I was there teaching a class.  I always seem to spend pretty much half my earnings when I teach at Angela's shop!

Cloud 9 Fabrics - Business Class Senator - Rayon
It wasn't cheap - more than I'd normally pay for fabric certainly - but I fell in love with it the instant I saw it.

Then last Friday I went to the Knitting and Stitching show with a few friends.  I already knew that Stoff & Stil would be there, and I already knew I love their fabrics.  Their stand was easily the nicest, I probably could have bought one of everything they'd brought with them, and they'd brought a lot of stuff!  All the stall assistants were wearing garments made from their fabrics and they all looked so stylish.

I settled for 2 pieces of fabric (and 3 patterns - but they were only £2 each!).  They were selling their fabrics in precut pieces, both the pieces I bought were £20.00 for 2.5m.

I decided on this one first, but it was hard to pin myself down to just one piece.  This is described as being black, but it looks like a very, very dark grey to me.  I don't mind either way.   

Stoff & Stil woven viscose black with white birds

One of the assistants was wearing a top made from this (it's more 'mustard' in real life) and at the very last moment I added a piece to my basket. 

Stoff & Stil woven crepe viscose curry with flowers

As I said, I paid £20.00 for 2.5m. I've just looked on their website to find a photo and link, and it's listed at £13.50 metre, so I got myself a bargain.  I'm wondering if the assistant told me the wrong price, most of the fabrics were priced, but this one's ticket was missing.

Now, the title of this post is "Fabric Fear" because I love all these fabrics so much that I'm scared to cut into them.  I can't even decide what I want to make with them.  I have 2.5 metres of each, so 3 dresses seem the sensible idea, but which three?  What if I cut the fabric, make the dress and it's not the 'right' dress?

Please tell me I'm not the only one who suffers from fear of cutting into lovely fabric.  And please hit me with your suggestions of what I should make with these gorgeous pieces.

Friday Faves

I haven't done one of these posts for ages, but there have been lots of things that have caught my eye this week, so I thought I'd share them with you.

First of all a couple of new patterns caught my eye. 

Deer and Doe have released a couple of new patterns, the one above being the Magnolia dress.  There are 2 versions available, I really fancy the maxi one, but with the slightly less revealing bodice of the knee length version.  I saw someone at a party last weekend in a long sleeved floral maxi dress and it looked amazing. 

Afternoon Patterns are a new pattern company to me, but I love the look of these Heron Culottes they released this week.  I've been looking for a culotte pattern that really takes my fancy - I know there are loads about, but none of them really seemed to be exactly what I wanted - and I think I'm going to give these a go. 

This incredible free motion embroidered top popped up in my Instagram feed earlier this week and it was instant love.  The maker, Amanda McCavour, is more well known for her seriously beautiful large scale free motion embroidery installations, but this top has me itching to try something similar myself.

I've recently started following Vinegar and Brown Paper on Instagram and I had a little browse through their website yesterday.  Their etched glass pieces are all gorgeous, but this lapel pin really caught my eye.  It's a shame I've spent all my birthday money...


Finally a blog post from Sewrendipity that I read this morning.  Alex has written what she says will be the first in a series on how to style me-made items in different ways.  She's kicked off with a fabulous pair of bright pink culottes, which has got me thinking about how I can style my Heron culottes when I make them.  I'm just not sure I'll be brave enough to go for bright pink.

I hope you like my favourites this week.  I'd love to know if there's anything fabulous that's caught your eye recently.