Whilst sorting through my fabric stash I rediscovered some vintage curtains/linens I just couldn't bring myself to leave languishing in the charity shop....
1) Vintage Double Duvet set £2 - I'm envisioning something similar to this....a girl after my own heart. Duvet covers as dressmaking fodder!
2) Vintage upholstery fabric £5 - I have a good amount of this but as yet no firm plans as it doesn't really fit in with our decor! Maybe a "carpet" bag with wooden handles?
3) Vintage curtains £3 for the pair - I just adore the the colours, the Scandinavian feel of the print and the pixelated style of the pattern. I had hoped to turn this into some cushions for our lounge. Unfortunately J HATES it (git!) so it's currently sitting in my stash awaiting inspiration!
4) Vintage Curtains £3 for the Pair - I ADORE this fabric. The colours and the brush and pen strokes effect created by the screen printing process. It's quite lightweight for curtain material and a good weight for dressmaking. I think I may use it to have another stab at Cynthia Rowley 2512. It was one of my first ever dressmaking projects and if I'd thought ahead about the bulk in the waistband I would probably have finished it! (sewing inexperience!). I think I'm ready for another stab at that one now!
I could get quite evangelical about sourcing fabric from charity shops! It really is a great way to source unusual prints and patterns and bag a seriously decent amount of fabric for what you would pay for half a metre in a fabric shop. Duvet sets and curtains are great sources, even blankets. Depending on the weight of the fabric, use them for muslins/toiles, as fully fledged garments, bags and accessories.
Oh, and while you're at it, if you happen to nab a quality made set of curtains that have weights in them, they make great little pattern weights to hold down tissue patterns for tracing or cutting...