Introducing my new sponsor: Dragonfly Fabrics
Looking at this delicious fan of wools, knits and flannels makes me feel quite giddy - they're perfect for some winter dressmaking. These samples have come from my lovely new sponsor, Dragonfly Fabrics, who started life as a sewing school, but when Dorte found that many of her students also wanted fabrics, she opened Dragonfly Fabrics.
I'm particularly in love with the knit boucle that Dorte stocks. Several years ago I bought a cardigan from Gap in exactly the colour below (the one at the top) and it's such a perfect shade of blue that I now ration the wearing of to minimise its time in the washing machine. I can imagine it making a very lovely blue version of this jacket, although I'd possibly extend the length making it a second time (when I met with Amy and Kate recently we did discuss the psychological difference between making of a jacket and a coat: for me a coat needs full lining, where a jacket requires just the sleeves to be lined (or in some cases, not even that). This fabric is rather wonderful in that it doesn't fray, and so would be easy to work with.
You can find them here...colours I believe from top are blue, melange grey and petrol green, although to my eyes it looks more of a kingfisher blue. As well as the boucle, I also love these wool/cashmere mix fabrics - again, perfect for a coat, but also a dress or trousers (I can imagine Colette Patterns new Clover trouser pattern looking wonderful in the grey), as it's so incredibly soft.