In between all my travels and uckiness, I was able to squeeze in a great local event here in Philly.
Behold my lovely traded fabrics!
That's right. They were traded! i.e. free. I went to the Philadelphia Sewing Collective annual Fabric swap, and since I brought a HUGE bag of fabrics from home to trade I was able to exchange it for this awesome goodness.
The leather is screaming to to be made into a pillow. The plaid, well it wants to be a shirt, and the wool blend, perhaps a skirt of some sort...
I also managed to grab this huge bolt of white cotton (I'm guessing at least 10 yds worth) which has found a happy home nestled between my other bolts...see it there over on the right?
I am planning on using it as I would muslin. Being a rather tall fit, it's tough to just "make" something without scrapping it after the first go round. And who knows, maybe the cotton would look great gussied up with these vintage trims.
As soon as a I picked them off the table a sweet woman came running up to tell me that they were from her Great Aunt's stash that she inherited after she passed away...she was glad they had found a happy home. So am I!
This was a great event and if you live in Philly I highly suggest you go next year! I haven't done much with the Collective before now but I have heard of some awesome stuff coming up:
-Our seamstress from Trading Spaces, Tara, is set to teach a home decor sewing class. She is such a sweetie and a great teacher.
-Sewing Pattern phenom Aimee Dolby's Betsy Ross Patterns will be used in some upcoming intro classes. Folks, her patterns rock and I am jealous.