I think I just graduated from the remnant bin to the bolt. I speak figuratively of course but I think that pretty much explains everything.
You all know how cheap I am when it comes to fabric shopping, and how I do not feel fulfilled unless my arms hurt from carrying so much fabric on my way home from various cheap fabric expeditions. Well today, I went to Goldhawk road, and came back with 2 metres of pink wool crepe, 1.5metres of silk lining, and 2 spools of gutterman thread. Yes! I am moving up people. I’m joining the big guns. I have arrived. Even though I winced as I handed over my money to the fabric guy. I am still in shock. How much did I spend for all of that? Well, £43. I know. It sounds like nothing, but this is the first time I am investing that much on a sewing project. It is relative of course, because it is only 2metres of fabric and lining. I ordered some fabric from the states a couple of months ago to make a trench coat, which I still have to make, but with postage, it all came to about £40 I think. That was for 5metres of stretch gabardine and some china silk lining. So metre for metre, it is cheaper than what I spent today.
I know some of you will wonder why I am going on and on about £43. It is not so much the total money spent. It is the fact that I paid £15 for 1 metre of fabric. I NEVER, EVER do that. I am as cheap as fluff when it comes to buying fabric. The first thing I look for when I enter a fabric shop is the remnant bin, or table. That should give you an idea of where I am coming from. This is the first time I am spending that much on 1 metre of fabric. So I need you to clap for me as I move on to another level in my sewing journey. My coming of age if you will.
I am sure you must be wondering why I decided to spare £43(and a few tears) for a sewing project. Well, my friend is getting married on the 6th of October (hi Vicks), and naturally, I thought I should make my own dress. I decided on Vogue 8280. I know I have made it before, but that was pre-baby, and a not too insignificant number of extra folds have magically appeared on my body, so I will need to address some fitting issues. I made the first one without a muslin, but I will definitely be making a muslin for this one. Making the last one was quite stressful, but I want to think this one might be a better experience since I have more experience under my belt, and a couple more books to help me out….and you of course. Which brings me to my first question.
Does anyone know how to pre-wash/preshrink wool crepe? The peeps at A1 fabrics said I should dry clean it, or hand wash it with cold water. What sayest thou? I have looked inside Claire Shaeffer’s Fabric Sewing Guide book, but there is no mention of how to preshrink wool crepe. Maybe there is, and I have not seen it. So is hand washing it the way forward? Or do I have to fork out more money to dry clean it?
I don’t want to have to do more crying should this project not come out the way I want it to, so I am doing alot of research for this one. I am pulling out all my cards. I have dusted off my books ( and made a few spiders homeless), and I am going to spend this week preparing myself ( muslin and psyching) for the actual sewing (next week). I have given myself 2 weeks to sew this project and I hope it comes out right. It better does. I am also going to spend an awful lot of time watching Susan Khalje’s class on Craftsy, just to copy some of her tricks. If you don’t hear anything from me after the 6th of October, know that I am in the hospital. I don’t think my fragile heart will be able to handle it if this project goes pear shaped. Oh dear! Come to think of it, that is how my body type is described by the fitting experts. An ominous sign? It better not be.
My project homework: