Three weeks into March and I’ve done no sewing! I have in fact been in Japan for work (and fabric shopping of course). I spent all my time in Sendai (no time in Tokyo alas). Before leaving I really struggled to find out where the local fabric shops were. Luckily  Tomatoes and Jasmine came to the rescue and told me about two fabric shops. One of which was just a few minutes away from my hotel.

I’ve come back with a very full suitcase.  First up are three pieces from ‘echino’. In the UK these designs cost about ₤22-28 per meter, but I got them for about 9 a meter!

First up is this medium weight cotton, with large birds! I envision a short, gathered skirt with a small waist band.


Then I’ve got this crazy loud sha-bang print. Initially I was thinking a skirt with pleats, but I’m thinking now that I may make a bag out of out.


In the last minute (after already having been through the check-out and heading to the exit) I went back for this. Can’t tell you what it will be -that’s a secret.


I also got these two fabrics which are a light weight cotton – which I want to use together to make a little blouse.


Now for some fabric which is so soft is begs you to crumple it all up and bury your face in it. I had initially thought of a summer dress, but I think it’s much too light weight for a dress, so am thinking a very simply shaped top, with lots of flow.


Now I’ve recently realized that I have very few block colored tops (neither store bought nor me made) which means I often don’t wear my skirts. But I rarely see colors/fabhandrics that inspire me. However walking the isles of the fabric shop I was overwhelmed by the variety of colors; brushing my  hand against them as I went, I pulled out three which just felt wonderful. All three are super soft, very light weight and in colors that will go well with most of my skirts.

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Then I found this slightly stretch cotton, which I want to use for a pair of capris.IMG_9830

And continuing on my search for good solids, I picked up this  olive green, slightly heavyier cotton with a hint of stretch, which will be a pair of trousers.


And that is it. My previous fabric ban was just for 6 months (September-January). I think I may need a new ban of a year. I may also need a sabbatical from work to get going on all my projects


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