6 February 2011

Treasures from Aunt Bea

Being the fabric junkie that I am, when Aunt Bea asked me if I'd sew something with fabric from their collection, how could I resist? I picked this Nani Iro Fuccra double gauze, not only for its gorgeous print and dreamy colours but because I've heard such great things about sewing with this soft textured type of fabric.

I'm planning to make the middle view of this pattern from 1976. I like the contrast cuffs, collar and bow in the image, but I might just keep it simple and stick to the same fabric. What do you think?

Unfortunately after I received my fabric I heard that Aunt Bea is closing up shop. This is a sad loss for fabric addicts. But, as I've mentioned before, their closing down sale is amazing. I couldn't resist stocking up on some lovely things for my Spring wardrobe...

... some more Nani Iro Fuccra double gauze in a different print, which will probably become a smock dress...

... Blue Bell lawn by Alexander Henry, for a blouse...

... and this Yuwa cotton which will probably become a bag. It's yellow, it's French, it's Victorian, it's sewing themed - heaven!

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend. I made significant progress on the Joan Holloway dress - hopefully I'll have an outfit shot for you soon. Actually, since I decided to make it in black (I couldn't find a green or aubergine double knit that I liked enough), am I still allowed to name it after Joanie? Does she wear black? Hmm...

[Soundtrack: 'Belle' by Al Green]


  1. Oooh, that double gauze is lovely, I think it will look fab as the 70's dress. I've got some double gauze fabrics but haven't sewn with them yet, I'd be interested to hear what you think of them. x
    PS. I can't imagine Joan in black either, except at a funeral!

  2. What beautiful fabrics. I love the yellow sewing themed and I can just see that poppy print on you, Tilly. Spring sewing - oh my god, I can't wait.

  3. Aw, this is going to look fandabbiedosie! ;)

  4. I'm especially keen on the victorian catalog fabric, I had actually no idea that such a fabric could exist...

    A blouse made of the Alexander Henry cotton lawn would look terrific with your red beignet!

  5. Love your choices, especially the last one! Thanks for sharing about the going out of business sale, btw. I snatched myself some lovelies.

  6. That's too bad Aunt Bea's is closing - those fabrics are just stunning.

  7. You lucky girl! I went there but everything is already gone, boo!

  8. Oh 70s love! I adore your pattern. (I confess, I am a junki for those 70s dresses. I find this slightly embarrassing, actually...) I would have to make the left version, though... Such a sucker for a maxi dress.

    I've also heard wonderful things about double gauze. Enjoy!

  9. The Victorian fabric is wonderful!

  10. That first fabric is particulary lovely x

  11. OoOoOoOoh, you fabrics and upcoming projects are delicious-looking! After you posted about Aunt Bea's closing sale, I headed right over there and placed a rather large order...I'm waiting excitedly to receive it!!!

    P.S. I don't remember Joan wearing black ever...can this be so?!

  12. Where did you get your hands on that pattern?

  13. Oops, I need to make a correction regarding my previous comment! I'm working my way through series 3 of Mad Men and in one of the early episodes, Joan is indeed wearing a black wiggle dress...with red applique flowers on the bodice ;o)

  14. That fabric is gorgeous--what a perfect pick for the pattern!!! :) Can't wait to see the finished dress...

    ♥ Casey

  15. Aw, heck--you've probably finished this by now. A friend of mine forwarded this because she knew this pattern was on my to-sew list.

    I have this same pattern and plan to make it out of a gray/green/navy/coral rayon print with navy trim. Possibly navy with coral piping.

    I like contrast trim, but that's just me.


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