Whilst mooching through my lovely fabric collection for some more fabric to make some work trousers, I came across some grey wool fabric. It is quite soft, about 3.5m in length, and I started thinking about it . . . . and when I purchased it. Let me tell you my story - then you can tell me your fabric confessions!
I knew that I bought it from the Birmingham Rag Market (UK) when I needed to make some office appropriate clothes for a new job. I knew that 3.5m would make me a jacket and a skirt, possibly trousers. So far, so good.
Hey, I hear you say, so you didn't get to make a suit then - that's not so bad. Until you put some dates to this. . . . . . First of all, I moved to Canada nearly 10 years ago - and I know I brought the fabric across the pond with me. I joined the Police in 1996 - and I certainly didn't need any suits for that. My previous job was office based, and I was there for about three years - yep, I'm thinking 1993. At the earliest.
The trousers are my usual TNT pattern and this time I added a very thin tuck in the centre of each leg piece to make them look as though they have very sharp creases! I actually did this with my uniform trousers when I was a Police Constable and was warned that I could be put on a charge for damaging Police property ::sigh:: It meant that I could was my trousers and as soon as they were dry - they were ready to wear - no starching and pressing, making the fabric all nasty and shiny for me!
The purple velvet is also of an age - but I don't remember when I bought it. would say at least 15 years ago . . . . . . ! Wow! So - how do you like my new vintage outfit?!
Whilst I am here - let me share one more pair of trousers that I made recently. I only wore them once and as the fabric was so loosely woven, they tore apart along the centre front seam. I should have added a thin strip of interfacing along the centre front and centre seams prior to sewing up - and I will remember that for whatever garment I make from the leftovers. Here are a few pics for you - I wore both of these pairs of trousers whilst modelling my jackets here.
Can you see the repair above?!
And how about you - are you carrying any vintage fabric in your collection?