Last weekend the lovely Franca (if you haven’t visited her blog Oranges and Apples recently I strongly suggest checking out her amazing Paris Street Art pics she’s been posting) set up a trip for some Scottish sewing peeps to Edinburgh for a bit of fabric shopping. Lucky things that we are, Hazel then suggested we could head to The Cloth Shop where we got some fab goodie bags. Woot!
I’ve been to Remnant Kings in Glasgow plenty of times, but it was the first time I’d been in their Edinburgh shop and the warm welcome we got was really lovely. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly, which was good news because I bought this:
It’s hard to describe this fabric and sound like I’m doing it justice (because the separate parts sound a little crazy). It’s like black leatherette sequins, but some are flipped to show the grey with a clear plastic coating, which looks kinda silvery from a distance.
I feel like I’ve made it sound absolutely disgusting, but I assure you it’s stunning. It’s also pretty similar to some of the gorgeous sequin stuff I’ve seen on the high street this year (what up, Ted Baker?).
Anyway the problem with this is, I’ve never sewn with sequins before so I was really lucky to get to ask for some tips from the staff at The Cloth Shop. One suggestion, which I think I’ll be using, is to trim the sequins off the seam allowance, then sew some back on around the seam to stop it looking too gappy. Because the sequins are sewn on to a mesh, I’ll also have to be careful about how I stitch it – another helpful tip from the shop was to try a ballpoint needle on my machine.
The plan is to make a really simple top, because with this fabric it would really be best to let it speak for itself. And I have about two weeks to do so because I want to make it in time for Christmas nights.
I also picked up 3m of this houndstooth embossed scuba:
I’ve had my eye on it for a while for a coat. I’m going to use Vogue V8346 (cutting it just above the knee), but still haven’t decided what to do about lining it to make the bodice nice and cosy.
After the shopping, Franca had booked us a table at Mimi’s Bakehouse at The Shore, where we treated ourselves to amazing rainbow layer cake, tea and pink lemonade.
It was lovely to have a bit of a catchup about sewing, cake disasters, birthdays and crafty stuff. Now on to the sequins…