Up Town Finds

Since moving to London, I’ve not been ‘up town’ much, but last weekend we took a trip. I wanted to scour the fabric shops and Luke wanted to check out the music shops on Denmark Street.

I’ve been wanting to get pattern cutting again, seeing as though I’ve not done any for a few years, so I thought I’d treat myself to some new fabric.

I plumped for these three really cute fabrics. The first, a cotten fabric from the SS14 New Season collection at Libertys. Orange isn’t a colour I’d normally go for, but I liked the contrast between the white ‘pencil shaving design’ and the orange. The next fabric I chose was from John Lewis, at first I thought it was a little too pink and girly, but I decided I really liked the scandi/vintage pattern.

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The last fabric I chose was from a real treasure chest of fabrics. Cloth House, has two shops on Berwick Street and the first time I went in, I felt like a kid in a sweet shop. They have a really good selection of some very lovely fabrics, it’s well worth a visit! I thought the blue poplin I chose, has a really sweet summery pattern.

After a few days pattern cutting, (what a refresher) I came up with a pattern for a short sleeveless blouse. It was my first time using bias binding, I think I’ll definitely be using it again. It gives such a neat finish to any edge. And here’s the result… et voila!

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It goes very well with my next find – a babydoll dress from American Apparel. I already have it in red, but I love how light and loose it is. It’s so easy to dress up or down.

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My favourite findsof the day, where this black velvet jacket and blue beads from Rokit. It’s an absolute goldmine of vintage treasure and I always seem to manage to find something that fits perfectly. I’ve come to realise I love a tailored jacket.

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My last little treat – a pair of JuJu’s. I’ve seen them drift in and out of fashion, but this time I just couldn’t resist. Not when they only cost £20 and are extremely comfy.

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I’m hoping to get some other patterns drafted up soon, I’ve quite missed it!

Chow x