I am yet to write a "haul" post as they're called, although I do love seeing what other people have been out buying. I think the main thing that prevents me is that I don't often spend money on myself. Not buying anything interesting anyway! I'm not sure you'd be terribly interested to see the new deodorant I bought last week now would you?
At the last village WI meeting something a little unusual was occurring. Before you get too excited, there was no photography involved and no one was trying to saucily obscure their nipples with iced buns. Perish the thought! I first noticed a kerfuffle (love that word) around one of the back tables when I arrived at the Village Hall. I thought maybe they were gathered around The Cooking Cannon who was speaking that night, that perhaps he had a gaggle of admirers akin to Beliebers or whatever the beep they're called. In truth it transpired that the recently deceased Lady Poshington-Posh (not her real name) of this Parish had left her sewing bits and bobs and material stash to the ladies of the Women's Institute. I just think that's such a lovely and thoughtful thing to do! This very sweet and terribly well to do lady had left all the things from her, frankly enormous, collection to be taken by anyone who took a fancy to them. I nearly wet myself with excitement and joined in!
I am hugely pleased with what I brought home with me. Here's a picture:
1 - I think this used to be a belt, but it looks really nice as a neck scarf, something I wear quite often as they make a plain black tshirt or jumper look so much more interesting.
2- This is a really light silky fabric with a wonderful intricate pattern. There's quite a lot of it so I'm hoping enough for a summer skirt perhaps
3 - A really stunning piece of blue and mustard patterned silk. Again there's lots of it, but I thought it might possibly be too light to make a skirt from this so number 4 would come in very handy
4 - A heavier gauge woven fabric in beautiful navy blue, hangs beautiful and doesn't crease. Would be perfect for lining a skirt
5 - My FAVOURITE piece of fabric, two pieces of beautiful Blackwatch tartan. I seriously, seriously love blackwatch tartan and I've wanted a simple pencil skirt in this material for such a long time. I nearly fainted when I saw this on the table, there's just enough to make a skirt from it, provided there are no cock ups along the way. This probably means I will have to get someone else to do it for me as I can't risk ending up with no skirt - or worse a mini!
6 - A little scrap of Liberty print material with little birds on, it's just beautiful, I couldn't leave it behind even though it was only the tiniest piece. I thought I might attempt a Great British Sewing Bee style patch pocket or perhaps a false neckline on a top.
7 - Another little scrap of bright mustard almost velvetty fabric. I felt the same was as I did about the Liberty print, it just shone out at me and I couldn't risk it ending it's days in a recycling bin. I'm sure I'll find something nice to do with it.
8 - A wonderful long strip of tweed. The fabulous thing about this lady is that she obviously had her clothes made for her and really invested in material. This seems to be an off cut from a very large piece of tweed, I'd love to see what the original outfit looked like. This will probably be used as a trim of some sort. It's gorgeous.
9 - A little collection of elastic. Anyone with a small child will know they pull their clothes about to the point where only adding extra elastic around necklines and cuffs can save them. This will come in very handy!
All for the princely sum of £0. That's right, no English pence. I am thrilled. I will try very hard to make something out of everything that I brought home and I will always think of the kind lady who left them to the WI.
Does anyone else have any little pearls in their fabric stash they'd like to share? Or have you ever been given a marvellous freebie that has really made your day?