I have a friend, in France, who loves all things Japanese and goes there quite often and has ‘contacts’ and returns with beautiful vintage kimono and fabulous fabrics.
She took a fancy to an old livestock bell I had in my vintage shop because it was made in the village where she lives.
She wanted to know if I would do a swap. The animal bell for some Japanese fabric. So I went round to her house and had a rummage and this is what I ended up with.
Some gorgeous orange textured silk
Apparently the wavy lines are picking out the movement of water flowing in a river. Traditionally, this motif symbolizes the passage of time, and the course of a lifetime. Well, there you go – I just liked the colour and the ‘bobbly’ bits.
some circa 1970s kimono cotton
with a lovely handle and soft, slubby texture
and these two indigo cottons which I am going to fuse together somehow for an infant’s outfit. The dark blue one is sort of ‘corrugated’ – if you know what I mean – so I think it might look like shirring and would make a cute top to a summer dress with the other fabric as the skirt.
Here is the animal bell which is pretty gorgeous in its primitive state and becomes especially special if it was made in the village in which you now live
Now my dilemma is, what can I do with beautiful fabric that is only about 14 inches wide?
I’ve got around 2.5 meters of the orange and 2m of the pink and I’m thinking of some sort of tops but I think they would have to be in panels. Any suggestions? Is it possible to make anything other than a scarf?
The indigo prints are easier – I think I will be able to make a really cute baby dress from those. I haven’t been promoting my baby dresses because I haven’t been pleased with the photographs. I don’t have a baby to model the clothes and my dogs wriggle too much and struggle with the bloomers 😉 So, not having enough vintage mannequins in my house already(!), I found a child-sized mannequin on Ebay which used to grace a shop in Paris and plan to take a whole new set of photographs using this display model.
Is it me or is this just a tiny bit creepy?
Thank goodness it hasn’t got a face.
In other breathtaking news – I have finished my Simplicity 1803 dress for the Outfit Along – just need to hem it – and will reveal it soon. The other part of the Outfit Along – the Myrna Cardigan – is one-armed at the moment but I hope to have it completed by the middle (or end) of next week. I am pleased with the dress but the cardigan will probably end up as another ’round the house’ knit. We’ll see. I might try the method of using petersham ribbon behind the button and buttonhole bands for a neater and stronger finish as there is quite a bit of negative ease in this cardigan (hark at me getting all technical!) and it might look as if it is pulling a bit across the girls otherwise. A tutorial for such a method is outlined here and I will report back if I decide to go along with it.
I am girding my loins to attend a vide grenier (boot sale, yard sale, flea market) as a seller rather than a buyer this Sunday. Mlle. Tialys the elder and myself will be attempting to sell some of the results of an over enthusiastic clothes buying habit formed over the last 5 years in her case and many more years in mine – and making room in our wardrobes for our new passion for lovingly hand made clothing. I’ll let you know how we get on but be prepared for some grumbling about that group of people known as ‘the public’ which we will be miraculously disassociated from on Sunday as we attempt to sell to them. Example scenario ” a euro for a vintage leather handbag – are you mad? – I’ll give you 50 cents” . Maybe it will rain…….