Last weekend, I did not sew, but went on a small camping trip with my family - for the first weekend of the spring school holidays.
I had intended to sew myself a pair of hiking trousers, the sort with zip off legs that turn into shorts, but alas, on Friday morning, they were still lacking half a leg and the waistband facing, and I had a last dash of work to do at the job that pays me, so no early morning sewing could be squeezed in. There went my cunning plan for a fabulous natural backdrop for my finished object post. Oh well.
Fortunately for my blog addiction, my travels unearthed another topic.
We stopped for lunch in Gayndah, and I not only trawled the op-shops, but found an old-fashioned drapery shop, which actually had dressmaking fabric as well as the inevitable quilting cottons. How exciting!
This particular shop was built in 1921, and has the shop-length cutting counter, fabrics and haberdashery behind it on shelves, and the claim to fame of a flying fox, from about 1890 (the previous shop burnt down, but the flying fox survives) that carries the cash/change to the back of the shop to a teller. My daughters really liked the flying fox, apparently it is a cool steam punk object.
I bought some thin, non-stretch denim here, possibly for another jeans attempt. There were fixed length offcuts, of many different types, at $14.65 per metre, very reasonable for denim compared to my other relatively local retail options.
My op-shop trawling was also successful.
I think the postal pattern might make a fun apron, and the dress has definite possiblities in a knit. There is not much of the seersucker, but it looks like pyjama bottoms to me. $1.50 the lot - definitely cheap entertainment.
This was about 40 minutes of my weekend. The majority of it was more like this.
Unfortunately there was a lot of burning off, and a dust storm, so all my photos of Cania Gorge are hazy. You will have to take my word for it that it looked amazing - just as well I had no new clothes to photograph!