I bought this remnant of printed cotton fabric years ago in a charity shop (Cats Protection League in Maidstone, since you ask!). It’s been languishing in my stash ever since. At the beginning of the summer I decided I would finally make myself a new summery skirt. But then other things, like starting a new job (!) got in the way. But now I’ve finally finished my skirt and, although it’s not quite summer any more, I wore it for the first time yesterday. Luckily the rain stayed away and it was quite sunny. I also got lots of very kind compliments! The pattern? Well, I borrowed a waistband from a vintage Simplicity pattern, also in my stash and the rest I’m afraid I just made up as I went along!
Following our big move to Lincoln from Kent, we have been very busy unpacking countless boxes. With just a few remaining and our minds beginning to turn, already, to decorating, it was time to get out the sewing machine and run up a few new cushions for the garden. The colour scheme was chosen to match our bright red new garden parasol. All the fabrics are from my remnant stash and include, as ever, vintage upholstery fabric samples, Laura Ashley swatches and, on this occasion, some lovely soft vintage cotton sheets found in a Lincoln charity shop. Sold as ‘dust sheets’ at just £1 each, I decided they were worthy of a much more crafty use!