Monday, September 13, 2010

A happy day

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.

24 comments:

  1. Love the skirt!! I have it on my ever-growing list of "want-to-make" - I just need a few weeks of 36 hour days to get them done I think lol

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  2. Great skirt! I fought those instructions to the end, too. That's a very nice outfit, the skirt and cardigan together.

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  3. It is a cute skirt! Your sister is lucky to be able to ask you about the directions.

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  4. lovely skirt and lovely fabrics Maryanna - what a great way to spend a sunday- getting to do something you love.

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  5. I always thought that a knee length denim skirt would be a good staple...alas I have not made one. You'll get plenty of wear from that cute version

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  6. Love the vintage paisley. I made this skirt last year and love it. I was thinking of making another in some left over denim - now I feel I should look at an alternative pattern.

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  7. Good outfit, the skirt and cardigan really work together.
    Some lovely fabrics you bought!

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  8. Adorable in denim!! At some point I'll add myself to the long lists of sewists who've made this one. It's so great. Good luck to your sister on her first Burda!!

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  9. sounds like a fantastic fabric haul! And I love that skirt in denim. I have made it twice, and you are right...those instructions may very well be the worst ever for Burda!!

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  10. Yeah. I'm still jealous of your finds. What a good-looking skirt! I didn't know it was such a popular one, but I can totally see why.

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  12. I love your skirt. Mine are both nearly worn out. I wish your sister success.a

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  13. I wish myself success too, although it is not without trepidation that I approach my first ever BWOF. Mind you, I've had a LONG TIME to think about it.

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  14. I was wondering who the sister was and Marg's comment didn't sound nearly committed enough or apprehensive for that matter. Doesn't the skirt go so well with the cardy. The cardigan may have a great career as a supporting act.

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  15. Skirt is delish!!! Love the fabric findings. Can't wait to see that paisley made up

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  16. cute cute cute skirt!
    Make one for me, please? ;)

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  17. printed pinwale/needlecord...in fabric shops here in Japan this autumn, so you may see it in Enz sooner than you think!

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  18. Vintage textile fair?? How can we get one of those???

    Love the skirt BTW. I need to make one too.

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  19. ah you did well at the fair! I got a few lovely things last year but managed to convince myself that it would be all overpriced and not worth going this year. regretting it now...

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  20. I knew you were a talented and experienced 'tailor' (is that the word?!) but I did not realize exactly to what extent. You have such a refined eye for patterns and fabric. I'm thoroughly impressed! And wow, that skirt is spunky.

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