A double-whammy Pleasing down on Plymouth's Barbican last week...
I had been bewailing yet again the lack of 'good' dressmaking fabric shops within easy reach of home, I'm like a stuck record honestly, and so Bookhound and I had planned a trip to the Fabric Warehouse in Plymouth. It's on a retail park and I wasn't hopeful, I am never good with too much choice and was imagining an aircraft hangar piled to the roof with stacks of polyester and curtain fabrics before I got anywhere near dressmaking material. Bookhound had kindly suggested that he would buy a paper and sit outside in the car, and I would pile in and see what I could find.
Let's nip to the Barbican for a snackette we agreed before the onslaught, and there it was...
Barbican Fabrics 20% off sale...
I sort of knew the shop was there, but that was in a less-interested-in-dressmaking-and-haberdashery phase, so I could barely contain myself through hot chocolate and cake before I dashed off to explore what proved to be a small but delightful dressmaking emporium. A perfectly compiled range of fabrics and haberdashery (of which I am undeniably fond...both the word and the things) The fabric included the exact weight of denim I was after for the Merchant & Mills Factory Dress at £5.50/metre for 60" wide, and some very tempting cotton lawn (also unusually 54" wide) produced in the same factory as Liberty Tana Lawn, very similar designs but, at £9/metre, a fraction of the price, for a summer skirt.
You can work it out...2 metres for the dress, 1.5 metres for an 'A' line cotton skirt plus some lining material, less 20% and there was really no need to head to the Fabric Aircraft Hangar after all... so I still haven't been there... and you are all now going to tell me it is a-m-a-z-i-n-g ...aren't you.
By this time Bookhound had disappeared off to the second-hand book shops and antique markets so I ambled into the Hospice Shop. I have a good record in this particular shop, I always find a bargain, last visit some really lovely winter curtains for £2.
A large framed tapestry which I could hardly lift but couldn't bear to leave behind. It's twee and cottage-y but also a bit Gertrude Jekyll-y, the colours are beautiful and it has doves on the path.
And it was only £4... so how could I not??
It is now hanging in the Sewing Cosy and I am very fond of it.
A final pleasing, the Exeter Cathedral gig with the choir two weeks ago.
It was incredible to sing there and with full organ playing too. The sound soared and I am only just losing the earworm that has been Stanford's Magnificat, having walked around ever since singing 'He hath fill-ed the hun-gry with go-oood things and the ri-ch he hath se-e-ent empt-y away...'
We are now rehearsing Stainer's Crucifixion so the earworm is now 'Fling wide the gates for the saviour waits..' etc