Recently a small sewing and knitting shop opened in my nearest small town; in a high street so run down it featured in one of Mary Portas’ programmes. It used to have a family department store with a haberdashery section, a nice independent menswear shop, and a selection of other interesting shops.
Now, the charity shops and estate agents outnumber everything else and there are plenty of empty premises. The only reason I go there is to visit my hairdresser. Any way, there is this new little business. I have been in a couple of times, and last week I really tried to see if there was anything I liked. It has a fair selection of quilting cotton, fancy dress fabric, and some summer fabrics. I chose a couple of lengths and bought some buttons for a cardigan.
This is a fine polycotton which I have used for another Burdastyle 04-2013-119 shirt. I didn’t do any topstitching and made it with french seams instead of flat felled ones. I omitted the pockets as I didn’t have enough fabric to match up the pattern, and mismatched ones would look awful. I’m quite pleased with it, the colours are in my palette and it is a comfortable summer shirt.
This length of cotton in a coral black and cream print has turned into a Megan Neilsen Kelly Skirt. I made it 3 inches longer than suggested. I cut a medium waistband and a large skirt, increasing the pleats to make it fit. The only thing I would improve is the pattern matching at the front. I would have needed more fabric and cut out the front panels individually to get it perfect.
The coral top is the new Maria Denmark Just a Tank pattern. I used cotton interlock but it stretches very easily. When I made it up ,the armholes were really big under the arms. I had to remove about 2″ to make it fit, so I can’t really comment on the pattern yet. I will make it in another jersey before I decide if the pattern is at fault.
I’ll go back to the shop soon and see what the young man who runs it is planning to do to develop the business.