Pattern-stalking has been my modus operandi for the past few days, though unusually not knitting patterns. In particular, Marie, the Shirred Pillowcase Top, the Twenty-minute Skirt and these deliciously Cheeky Panties.
Lou and I went over to Lewisham for a quick visit to Rolls and Rems earlier this week and I found some fab fabrics in the discount bin — a lush pinstripe and a divine silk blend, more than 4 metres in total for £6! However, I don’t really have any fabric at home that I could use to muck about with trial runs before I use the ‘good’ stuff. So yesterday I hopped to my local second-hand shops and picked up a few things.
Almost all of my favourite garments were bought ‘re-made’ — a sleeveless cowl made from an old t-shirt, a sweater made from a woollen jumper and an old sweatshirt, a skirt made from an old curtain. Yet in spite of my predilection for keeping things out of the landfill, I don’t have much clothing that I remade myself. (This is mostly because I rather like my collection of daft vintage tees and don’t have much lying about that I could bear parting with in the name of rewardrobing.)
Fortunately, my thrift-shop trip was rather successful. My local second-hand shops are pretty lame in terms of interesting t-shirts, but I found an XL one that felt nicely worn in with a picture of the Colosseum. I also picked up a massive polkadotty duvet cover and a skirt that’s miles too big for me with a pretty floral print.
As I type I’m in the process now of laundering and unpicking, ready for some remaking action. They should yield enough material to give me a plentiful margin of error!
(PS, Lou, our yarn came! It’s awesome!!! Come by tomorrow to pick yours up or I’ll swing round in the afternoon, hurrah!)