Monday, 18 March 2013

Rockin with Rolls & Rems

It's so nice to find out that a really great fabric store is on your doorstep.

I've just moved to Greenwich and I remembered that the Lewisham branch of Rolls & Rems is just over a 10 minute walk away. Before Saturday, I had never been to this branch before, only the one on Holloway Road, which I thought was okay but nothing to write home about. However, the Lewisham branch (as I have heard on the sewing grapevine) is tonnes better!

As soon as you walk in the door they hook you with a huge remnant bin. I felt like a hungry scavenger rooting through the bargains while my husband stood by patient as ever.

Here's what I got:

This is my favourite. It's an end of roll knit and I just love the pattern! My iPhone hasn't done this justice, the rust colour pops out more. There is so much of this material, nearly 3 metres so I am either going to make my first Tiramisu dress or create a cool maxi dress.

My husband picked this out, he thought it would make some cool head scarves. The pattern is super fun! I think it might be a top for my trip to Canada in the summer. We're going to stay at the camp, which my husband went to when he was younger, so I think this would be perfect for some strolls in the forest!

 These are two smaller remnant pieces, which I am saving for crafts/quilting. I kind of like them together too.

Combined with a couple of metres of muslin I found as well, this whole lot cost me 11 pounds. Pretty pleased with that, especially considering how much knit I got. I told my husband he should get my name banned like in a Casino!

In other news, I am really excited about the dress I am making from the vintage curtains. I successfully changed my bust and waist dart into one two diagonal darts shooting up from the centre of the waistline. I used a great Threads tutorial for guidance. I made a muslin first and was pretty surprised that I didn't have to alter anything else - this is using my own drafted bodice block as a base. I have done the same for the back bodice and am loving the way it looks on this fabric. I am hoping to finish it this week so that I can take it to Egypt on Saturday.

Blog to follow on that!

Do you like changing your darts? Have you tried any adventurous dart manipulation?

1 comment:

  1. I love a rummage through my local rolls and rems remnants box. I've picked up a few goodies but nothing as lovely as that knit fabric! Looking forward to seeing what you make with it.