We started off in the city, with some folk going to the rag market and others (including me) going to Barry's and then the Fancy Silk Store. By the time I was done there it was time to head off to Moseley on the bus so I didn't go to the rag market at all - another time!
|Fabric shopping in Barry's|
|My purchases from Barry's - pink/red tartan wool, graphic stretchy print and two florals|
Once in Moseley we stopped off at the Farmers' Market and bought food to eat for lunch and then headed to Guthrie & Ghani. This is a lovely shop and Lauren (the owner and finalist in the first series of GBSB) was delightful and remained calm and serene despite so many of us.
|All the other things|
I'm dipping my toe into the sewing with knits pool - one of the ladies in the shop was wearing a top which she'd made from some mustard coloured sweatshirt material and it looked fab. So I bought some in the same colour, and also in turquoise and finally succumbed and bought the Coco pattern (all in picture above). I've seen so many of these popping up on the internet and I think it will be a good introduction - I like its simple lines. I've already pre-washed and dried the fabric and am very pleased that it didn't shrink much at all. I also bought some buttons and got a gorgeous goody bag in the softest baby needlecord.
|Some of the raffle prizes|
I also won some fabric in the raffle - 2m of denim which I think is going to end up being a skirt, or maybe two. I don't have a denim skirt and I've half-heartedly looked for one on rare excursions to clothes shops over the past couple of years and haven't found one that I liked, so I think perhaps a Kelly or maybe a New Look 4-gore a-line one (in the separates section of my pattern stash page). Or maybe both because it's 60" wide so there might be enough for two skirts.
All in all it was a great day, I really enjoyed it - thank you so much to Charlotte of English Girl at Home for organising it.