Falling off the wagon

When Dante wrote “Inferno” there was a circle of Hell that he hadn’t imagined and that is the Trafford Centre (or any other shopping centre, for that matter) on a Saturday afternoon.

After schlepping round trying to find jeans for The Husband and shoes for me, unsuccessfully I might add, I’d had enough.  Even the very pretty new maxi dress that I’d found felt like a hard won prize (on sale, dontcha know…and needs must when the empty wardrobe drives!).

So you can imagine my delight when I opened the door at home to a perfect little parcel with this beauty in it:

It’s so flipping gorgeous and it’s with me thanks to the lovely Vicki. I saw this fabric on her blog this week and fell in love.  I’ve been hunting high and low for butterfly fabric since I saw this dress over at Anthro last year:

image courtesy of Anthropologie

Sadly every fabric I’d come across was, how shall we say, more than a little bit tacky and oftentimes downright nasty.

Not so this.

The colours are subtle and painterly.  The fabric is satiny and has some weight to it.  Vicki had 2 yards, which is enough for a dress if I cut economically, and kindly agreed to part company with it.

I’m in love with it. I actually think it’s prettier than the Anthro-inspo. So much so that I’m planning to do the Craftsy Couture Dress course over the winter and thinking that I might just use this fabric to make my couture dress. Interlining will certainly stop it’s slippery loveliness wiggling about too much.

And to cap it all, Vicki sent me a beautiful card:

and some lace and ribbon trim in my favourite shade of blue:

Thank you Vicki…you know my mood is better now than it’s been for the rest of the afternoon! And I’m thrilled with this fabric which is more beautiful than I’d hoped.

So…it appears that my fabric embargo is somewhat broken. I’m blaming the clear out the other week making room for lovely new things.

With that in mind, I suppose it’s time to ‘fess up to my other indiscretions in the sewing shop.

Firstly I succumbed to this for Button:

I’m seeing this as a dress with a black peter pan collar, black tights and boots for autumn.  It’s quite a firm polyester but should withstand tree climbing and the ilk and I’ll line it to avoid an attack of the scratchies.

It was £1.95 a metre.  I couldn’t resist.

I may also have bought a pattern!

Butterick 5600


But it was on sale.  And I was supporting my local fabric shop!  Doing my bit for the economy, see!

With summer holidays now upon us and a 3000 word essay to do for my final French project, sewing is going to be low down on the list for a few weeks.  So I am intending to finish the trousers that I’m currently working on and then make a plan.

I’ll let you know how that goes!

20 Responses to Falling off the wagon

  1. Shopping centres are nightmares most of the time, but on a Saturday….eeek! That fabric is stunning (and I love the card and extras Vicki sent you, you lucky thing). All in all, sounds like the day “turned out nice again”! I just ordered some Butterick patterns which will hopefully be there for me when I reach the UK. Well, they were on sale 😉

    • PendleStitches says:

      Yay! Between us we will save the world from financial ruin. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it. The pictures don’t do this fabric justice…it did make my day!

  2. Jane says:

    What a lovely parcel to come home to, and you will do Button proud with the fabric you bought. All best for you last essay, it will soon be all over

    • PendleStitches says:

      I love the butterfly fabric, and I love that the fabric for Button is a little less tradional. You know she’d love it more if it was pink but I shall prevail! I have 6 weeks to write the essay and then just my final oral exam and it’s over. I’m beyond bored with the whole thing but it will be worth the work!

  3. sewbusylizzy says:

    That’s a cute shirt dress which pattern company is that?
    I can see why you love that fabric – its divine.

    • PendleStitches says:

      ooops! I’ve updated the post with the pattern details. It’s Butterick 5600. Sorry for being a dope.

  4. KC says:

    The butterfly fabric is so beautiful! And do post a pic of Button climbing a tree (or fencing) in the smart new dress when it is ready. Please.

    • PendleStitches says:

      It really is stunning. And I’m always happy to share pictures of Button, especially when she’s up to no good!

  5. Vicki Kate says:

    I’m glad it made your day! I’ve finished my wrap dress using it, except for the hem and it is delicious to wear… Button will look so pretty in that plaid, I can’t wait to see her new dress!

    • PendleStitches says:

      I can’t wait to see your version. I’m sure it’s beautiful. I’ll be sure to share pictures of Button when the dress is done.

  6. The Couture dress class will be great for making a dress like in the sweet card. I am like you…if I see something on sale that I need it’s hard to resist…just bought some fabric this weekend too!
    I hardly go to shopping centers anymore…there are not many where I live…I just avoid the crowds by shopping online or when I am on holidays.

    • PendleStitches says:

      I have to say I would have been kicking myself forever if I hadn’t taken the opportunity with that fabric. It’s stunning!
      And how anyone can say that clothes shopping is a fun pastime is beyond me. I really don’t enjoy it. But needs must. It’s done for a while now though. 🙂

  7. You have to have to have to support local businesses from time to time. Think of it as your duty. Or something :o). Besides, these things are going to be used so don’t fret it sister!

    • PendleStitches says:

      In all seriousness, you do have a valid point. If we all stop shopping then the shops will go out of business and then we’ll bemoan their loss. Buy fabric…save the economy! It could just catch on… 😉

  8. Lisa says:

    Jealous – me ? much ? OMG that fabric is beautiful. I also love Butterfly fabric. One can never find nice fabric in current trends in the UK ( unless its cheap polyester or to child like ) I love it really it’s stunning.

    • PendleStitches says:

      I am so excited about this piece. It’s so pretty and even lovelier in real life than the pictures show.

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