Friday, March 26, 2010

Polka Dots for Spring

A couple of weeks ago I saw a girl on the bus with a gingham Spring coat. I think it was red and white. It was amazing. So I have been thinking about making my own Spring coat ever since. I bought Burda pattern 7786 the other day after seeing Carolyn's beautiful trench coat.

I had been hunting for the perfect fabric. Every second girl I see on the street is wearing a beige trench coat. Seriously. They are everywhere. I know it is the classic look but I wanted something different. And I couldn't stop thinking of the gingham....

Then today it was a gorgeous day - I actually wore a summer dress with no tights for the first time this year! It was 20 degrees! - so I went for a walk with one of my friends. We went up to the castle cos he hadn't been up there in forever. Then we wandered down to near Moszkva tér. I hardly ever walk around Buda. I go to Buda at least once a week cos of work but otherwise I don't really head to that side of the river. So that area of Budapest around Moszkva is still kind of foreign to me. I should have realised a new area = new fabric shops. I couldn't resist the temptation when I saw a shop window filled with beautiful fabrics.

I found this:

Yes, I realise it isn't gingham but I LOVE it. It is a dark brown with white polka dots. I was so excited that I have already prewashed it and now it is hanging up to dry. It's cotton with a bit of elastane.

I'm loving polka dots right now. I am also working on a very sheer blue polka dot wrap dress.

I have to get started on tracing the pattern out. I always used to just cut my patterns but now I am trying to keep them multi-sized. I only just realised this one has 24 pieces though... TWENTY FOUR. I think that will be a whole morning of tracing and then cutting.....

All the gingham I found during my fabric search was very light weight. Not suitable for a jacket. I went into a few fabric stores yesterday too. I didn't buy anything in them BUT I did discover fabric sold by the kilo in a second hand shop!! It was 1500ft/kg. I had no idea what that meant. I am no good at judging the weight of something just by holding it. I found this John Kaldor fabric. Almost 2 metres of it. It is an ultra soft twill. It only cost 330ft! The cashier asked me what I would make out of it so I said pants.

 And I really thought that I would. Until I got home. I can't wear pants this crazy... So now I think it will make a very nice lining for a travel bag (I have made the pattern, just gotta find the perfect fabric for it...)

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