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A bit of sewing…

I´ve had this thin cotton fabric in my stash for nearly 10 years. I “stumbled” upon a little unlikely fabric shop in the less popular end of the main street in a small town here in Norway. I think I have a fine-tuned intuition. That is, -it´s only tuned towards yarn and fabric. I can smell it! Wether I´m in London, Riga or Copenhagen, trust me to find the fabric- and yarn shops! (…much to my fellow travelers` annoyance…suddenly I´m just off – and they know there will be a 30 minutes delay – while I ramble through the shelves for local jewels!)

This little shop looked like something you would find in a Harry Potter novel, a shop you could place right in to “Diagon Alley” – and the owner definitely looked the part. She must have been nearly 90 years old – and with her thin white hair gathered in a knot in the back and her Half-glasses, I was not surprised she was a seamstress – the old school sort…

This grand old lady clearly knew her CPI – and had, every 10 years or so… taken the time to re-price her fabric accordingly – and the small white price-tags attached to the rolls of fabric by some string (remember those?) had several over-crossed numbers on them. Each number a great deal higher than the former… I´m guessing this shop were her project – not her income… Which meant I could find treasures from the 60´s and 70´s among the dusty teak-shelves, while she strictly informed me what I could, -but mostly – what I could not use this fabric for… One of my best spent 30 minutes – ever!!

The pattern is from Burda; magazine 10 / 2012 (you can find it here). I´ve done a few mods – added piping -made from cotton bias tape and some thin, round elastic, and I´ve lined it.

I had at some point cut a piece from this fabric – and had to replace a bit (right pic. over) to make the pattern fit – but it´s hardly visible… I´m not sure I´ll ever wear this skirt though…? The resemblance to my grandmothers apron is clearly there… Maybe, if I wake up very courageous one fine summer´s day…

The bottom pic. shows the other fabrics I also managed to save from eternal “dustification” among the teak-shelves that great day… Better put it to use before I end up like that grand old seamstress…