Monday, 9 February 2015

Made By Me #118

I cannot tell you how excited I was when I saw the new Cotton and Steel collection, I was pretty worried that I wouldn't love it as much as I loved the first one. I shouldn't have worried, it is equally as marvelous.  The worst bit was the wait from seeing it and being able to touch it!!  I had vouchers from Gray's family for Christmas so I pre-ordered four of the fabrics from The Village Haberdashery and was gutted to just miss out on the quantity required of this yummy viewfinders fabric.  There are only a couple of stockists in the UK and one is considerably more expensive than the other and I was determined not to pay the £10 extra for 2.5 metres worth so I decided to try ordering it from my favourite Etsy shop Miss Matatabi and keep my fingers crossed that customs were kind.

Miss Matatabi is run by Francis and based in Japan, as well as stocking Cotton and Steel she stocks all sorts of Japanese goodness all of which are a lot less than buying the same fabric here in the UK.  For example the cheapest I can buy 2.5 metres of the C&S quilting cotton in the UK is £30 plus p&p and I managed to get this print for just £25 including p&p and thankfully no customs charges.  I have since ordered one of the cotton lawns which has worked out at £32 inc p&p and would have been £40 plus p&p in the UK.  Another good thing about using Etsy is sometimes you can get free delivery, just look out for offers on websites like My Voucher Codes before ordering. I may also have sneaked back online and ordered one of the fab barkcloth prints too ;)  I got a sample of the barkcloth in my last order, it is a lovely weight and I am so excited for it to arrive!





Dress: Made by me using Cotton & Steel Viewfinders
Pattern: Emery by Christine Haynes 
Shoes: Office

Where are your favourite places to shop for fabric?

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13 comments:

  1. What a great print! Lovely dress :)

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  2. Such a gorgeous pattern Sarah but then you always choose such pretty patterns!
    Sophie
    x

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  3. This print is gorgeous, you have such a good eye for patterns!

    Maria xxx

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  4. Is that a new feature to your dresses with the shouldery bits?! The material is pretty!x

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    1. I've always gathered the tops of the sleeves as I really like the effect it gives plus it makes it look like I actually have shoulders!

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  5. Oh my goodness, I love that fabric! Another gorgeous dress, well done. :-)

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  6. lovely print,gorgeous pattern,I love that fabric,well done.

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  7. Argh, must avoid that website - they have the beautiful house barkcloth.

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    1. Haha I did warn you! The fabric selection is awesome.

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  8. I LOVE this dress! Darn you - I just went to Etsy and bought a few yards. I don't make a million emery dresses like you (though I love yours!) - but instead a million scout tees. :) Definitely going to be sporting a viewfinder scout tee soon ...

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    1. Awesome! I am glad I am not the only one who makes loads of the same thing ;)

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  9. Love this fabric, you have really inspired me Sarah. Now I finally have a new sewing machine I'm going to stock up on fabric, and try and make ten dresses this year (my small goal) lol. I love that you have your inspiring others to go back to the machine and really appreciate the time that goes into making clothing. But yes any tips on fabric shopping would be great. xx

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