I had a lurvely day yesterday. We had a family outing in the morning, and then my husband dropped me off at the Vintage textile fair at the racecourse in Greenlane. I got off to a fabulous start, scoring 3 yards of cotton drill and 2 and 1/2 yards of wool rich paisley (I think it's a wool/cotton mix) for $15 the lot (that's around $10 US). Then I got another 2 yards of wool rich print for $10 (US $6) and stocked up on some vintage buttons. I scored myself a cute little bag, which I have been coveting ever since I saw one at a friend's house and was quite content with my haul. On the way out I bought a 3 1/2 yards of pinwale needlecord for $35 (US $20) - that was a fair price for vintage cord. Printed pinwale cord is IMPOSSIBLE to buy here, so I allowed myself to pay the going rate for it. Not often you'll see a sentence like that on this blog, so savour the moment all ye so jealous of my bargains.
Some of my finds:
Of course, being vintage fabric they are all only a yard (90cms) wide - which limits how they can be made up. I will have to have a long serious talk with these fabrics and listen very very carefully.
In the evening I worked on that skirt, you know the one that everyone has made. (Burda 04-2009-101)
My sister asked me to trace it for her ages ago, and I finally found the motivation I needed when I realised I could make it for myself and then send her the pattern afterwards. Boy the instructions on this pattern are crazy, the worst maybe ever. I didn't use them, something I am trying to do more and more now as I prepare myself for La Mia Boutique whose instructions I have no chance of understanding.
My poor sister, this will be her first Burda pattern, and everything I have ever complained about with their instructions will have a new meaning for her. I am expecting a lot of phone calls. Still it's a very cute skirt.
I haven't been very vigilant with my costings recently so let me treat you once again to my bargain hunting skills. Denim, $4 Nicks, vintage buttons $4, zipper 70 cents, tracing paper $1. Thread and needles $2, facings, scraps. Top stitching thread left over from another project. Shall we call that a round $12 ? (US $8).
Aah, yesterday was a very happy day indeed.