Saturday, 5 March 2016

Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, London Olympia

Hi folks.

Sewing progress has been a bit slow here recently. My latest New Look 6262 is still not complete, just the sleeves to set in and the hem so hopefully I will have a finished make to share with you soon.

I have also traced out the pattern pieces for my Emery Dress and hope to make a muslin of the bodice this weekend.

Anyway, on Thursday I took the day off work and headed across to London Olympia to attend the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show with my mum.  We tend to go every year, as you may have read my posts here and here.  It's a great day out, but best to set yourself a budget before hand as you can do serious damage to your bank balance!

So what did I buy this year?

First up is this lovely floral cotton lawn, a bargain at £6 a metre from Fabrictime.

I bought 2.5 m which is my go to amount when I'm not sure what I am going to make. I've bought from this company before and I think I will definitely be checking their online store out.

My next purchase was this viscose which has a wonderful drape from Fabrics Galore, again another retailer I have bought from before. You can buy this in their online store at the moment.

It cost £8 a metre and I bought 2.5m.   This fabric was made up into a dress on display and being a sad person, I thought I could make that as I have the pattern in the first Great British Sewing Bee book!

The pattern was Simplicity 2886. I'm not a hundred percent sure that I will make this but it's definitely one to consider for this fabric.

The cover photo doesn't do the pattern justice as I think the dress is a lovely design, but not keen on the bolero that obscures the dress.

I then popped over to the Sew Over It stand.  I bought the Betty Dress pattern which a lovely fit and flare dress with a circle skirt.

I have a lovely chat with Lisa from Sew Over It and I have to say she seems as nice in person as her youtube vlog.  I'm thinking that maybe I can squeeze the Betty Dress out of the 2.5m I bought from Fabrictime? Although the pattern says that it takes 3m of 150cm wide material, a quick internet search found people had made it with 2.5m so will see if I can squeeze it out, otherwise this material will become something else I am sure. Check out Lauren from Ghani and Guthrie's lovely version of the Betty Dress.

I also downloaded the Betty Dress Add-on pack the next day which costs an extra £5 as Lisa has recently brought this out.  You can change the neckline to a v-neck or scoop and add long sleeves, so thought this was worth getting too.

Betty Dress Add-on Pack from Sew Over It

My final purchase was some gorgeous lace weight yarn from Debonnaire Yarns. This business is run by a lady called Erica who hand dyes her yarns and designs her own patterns.

I bought this pattern for the Amble Shawl as I haven't ever made anything like this and fancied trying something different from jumper and cardigan knitting. You can download this pattern for £4.50 from her website.

Amble Shawl  Pattern by Debonnaire Yarns

She was very helpful when it came to deciding what yarn to purchase as I was a little confused by all the choice!  I chose this lace weight extrafine merino yarn.

All in all it was a great day and I think the show is on until Sunday so if you can get there it's definitely worth heading over there!

I'd love to know if you went and what you bought? x

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