And I brought lots ‘o’ stuff back with me! Of course, I couldn’t be content with bringing home the normal touristy things– postcards, Eiffel Tower-shaped bars of soap, les caramels au beurre salé (OK, so maybe I did bring home those… but they don’t count as a souvenir if you immediately gobble them all up!). So instead I fattened up my stash a bit!
First things first: Liberty of London! The department store is really beautiful and I felt quite fancy shopping there. And the fabric– oh, the fabric! I’d never seen/touched Liberty lawn before, and it’s just. so. nice. It’s so silky and vibrant, and the prints are incredible. I’ve never been into floral prints and I never, ever wear them, but these are all so lovely that I had a terrible time choosing just one. That’s the only downside– it’s so expensive that I could only buy a little bit. I bought 1.5 metres, and I’m hoping to have enough fabric to make a Violet blouse.
While I was struggling to make my selection, Man Friend was hard at work rooting through piles of 1-metre remnants, and he loved this:
He’s requested a necktie, and I think it’s about time he benefits from the horrifying sewing mess that has taken over our apartment, so I will definitely be making that soon.
Next up: Edinburgh! I thoroughly enjoyed my two days wandering around this city. It’s historic, surrounded by green hills, and teeming with kilted lads– what’s not to love?! I just happened to walk past K1 Yarns my first morning in the city, so naturally I had to select a few rolls of locally-sourced, hand-dyed yarn! I chose this Scappa aran-weight yarn in light olive (I couldn’t really capture the color right on my camera– it’s a very green olive, and not drab at all):
Here’s where things get a little crazy. Paris! This post about fabric shopping in Paris appeared on Sew Retro at the beginning of my time in Paris– serendipitous! Thanks, Claire! As it turned out, the apartment we rented in Montmartre was 4 blocks (!) from the fabric store district! It was completely coincidental, despite the conspiracy theories Man Friend holds about how this couldn’t possibly be the case.
I found this cute pink cotton at Les Coupons Saint-Pierre at 1 Place Saint-Pierre in a sale bin, 3 metres for 10 euros. I think it’s just begging to be made into the Lisette Passport dress— what do you think??
Next up, my favorite store, Tissus Reine (3 et 5 Place Saint-Pierre)! It’s heavenly! If you ever get the chance to visit, you should do it! They have a huge selection and it’s really a delight! I found a basic gray twill that I think I will use for Simplicity 2451:
I found this cute plaid cotton on sale as well. I’m thinking maybe another Sorbetto?
And now, the creme de la creme! I found this really lovely cotton for the dress that I’m making in Gertie’s class. It’s a bright yellow-green (another color that’s tough to accurately capture with my camera), and I think it will make for a super fun dress!
So now I have to get to work! I have boatloads of laundry/unpacking/cleaning up after the subletters to do, and I start a new job on Monday, but I’m way behind on the SESA, so I need to catch up with that before the end of July! I’m out of muslin and I don’t have thread/notions/etc. for my upcoming projects (why don’t I buy everything that I need for a project all at once? At the very least I could buy THREAD when I buy the fabric! Sigh…). I also need to make a muslin for McCall’s 5995 before my first class with Gertie on July 24th, and I’m planning to join the Lonsdale dress sewalong that starts on August 1st. I impulsively signed up for Gertie’s online Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress class last night, so that will probably be my late summer project. The dress is quite a departure from my usual style, but there are so many fun techniques to learn that I’m super excited to make it! Anyone else sign up for that? What else are you guys up to? Any fun projects in the works?