Monday, 4 October 2010
Buttons and chairs
Firstly, the pattern book in the last post - I'd omitted to put a name or a title, because this book is entirely in Japanese (often the title is in English) and because the isbn number on the back doesn't bring up a single search result on Google. However, having trawled through my emails I've found that I bought it from Pomadour24 and that her translation for it is Nice Fall & Winter Clothes by Fabric Length. Megumi's customer service is completely wonderful, so I'd definitely recommend buying from her - and postage from Japan is oddly inexpensive. I think someone else asked if there were any coat patterns in the book - the two jackets that I photographed were the only ones in the book. If you're thinking of buying the book, do be aware that it feels a little like a magazine and lacks the very clean and simple styling that makes most Japanese pattern books so delicious to look through.
Now, back to the photo at the start of this post - last week I saw these lovely black buttons - I didn't know quite what I'd use them for, but I bought four because it makes me happy to think that at some point in the next decade I might make myself a garment that makes me feel a little bit Audrey Hepburn....or just like a Liquorice Allsort depending upon the success of the finished garment.
Audrey Hepburn has been on my mind ever since seeing the Audrey Dress on the Boden website. For a moment I considered buying it, but lately Mr Teacakes' words have been ringing in my ears: why would you even consider buying dresses or shirts when you can make them yourself? Mmm...normally I would consider this because the right dressmaking fabrics aren't always so easy to find....but in this case I've seen some lovely, incredibly thick jersey in my local fabric shop that I'm sure would be just right, so I shall take his advice and soon hopefully have my own unique slice of Audrey goodness.