Monday, 12 August 2013

Goldhawk Road - I'll be back!

I finally got to visit Goldhawk Road, with my brother, last Tuesday.

I made my SiL a dressing gown last year (pre-blog) - my brother thinks he's missing out.

He's settled on this fab pattern, a 1940s/50s dressing gown - if anybody asked if I knew someone who needed a double-breasted version it would be my brother, it's just perfect for him!

This is the wool he settled on - we found loads of fabrics he liked.
In fact he has a plan for a summer weight version and the fabric picked out already!

This is probably a better indication of the colour
We had a great day, I don't know about other people but I struggle to find time to have days out with only one member of the family - we both agreed we need to do this more often.  I'm lucky, I have some wonderful siblings - you know the kind you'd pick as friends even if you weren't related to them?

I figured that, if  I'm going to tackle the pattern once, I may as well
get the most out of my efforts.  This fabric is for P.
He wants a contrast colour and cuffs, I'll be making View 3 for him

Having never been to Goldhawk Road before I had to buy a little something for me ...

I love this batik, I got the remaining 1.5 metres for £4.50 - nope, absolutely
no idea what I'm going to make with it yet!

I need to get over my fear of knits - my overlocker needs using!
I fell in love with the pattern and colours - the £4.50 price tag
for 3 metres was the icing on the cake!

I'll definitely be going back to Goldhawk Road.  I think I'd have found the choice a bit overwhelming if I hadn't been to Nippori last year.  However, I felt better able to cope with the choice and able to focus on what I needed rather than totally stunned!

3 shops in and I'd turned my brother into a fabric stroker!

And this fabric is for the Dress A Girl Around the world pillowcase dresses -
7 of my colleagues are joining in and this fabric was paid for by another lady at work who
wanted to support us but cannot sew - isn't that just unbelievably kind?
So, there you have it.  My SiL has been given an old sewing machine by her Mam.  My brother's talking about having it serviced because he'd like to make something ... watch this space :)



  1. You are generous making lovely things for your family, and I am glad you picked up something nice for yourself too :)

    1. But at the moment my 'sewing for others' pile is just that! I really need to turn them into the promised garments!

  2. You picked up some very nice things! I love it that you are making a robe for your brother, and that he's interested in trying out sewing too!

    1. I'm excited about that too - I taught another brother to crochet about 18 months ago and he's a whizz, makes up his own patterns and everything! It really helped him when he was losing weight, ge kept busy, didn't think about snacking, and made beautiful things :)

  3. I'm pleased you got a chance to go to GoldHawk Road, it really is an amazing place!I love the knit fabric you have chosen and look forward to seeing what you make with it.

    1. I was showing a friend the knit yesterday, it is lovely. I think it's got potential to be a really useful autumn piece :)

  4. How wonderful that you got to spend time with your brother.. and what lovely fabrics you bot picked out.. Love it.

    1. We were trying to remember the last time just the 2 of us did something together - honestly, it must be 10 years. It was great, did us both good :)

  5. Love the fabrics you got Jacq. I must get myself down to Goldhawk Road one of these days.

    1. Well, for you Sam, I'd be prepared to make the sacrifice and meet you there! I mean, I don't need any more fabric but would be delighted to keep you company!


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