I stopped at my beloved local fabric shop the other day to get some fabric for my large item, and instead of the glazed cotton I was looking for, I found a fantastic glazed linen
! It's so wonderful that I can't keep from fondling it as I'm sewing with it.
I'll have to make myself something out of it too, but I can't decide what. I wish I had some skill at tailoring, as it'd be perfect for a jacket.
The reason I love this fabric store (Fabric Town on Danforth Ave. for any Toronto locals who are interested) is that it's so unlike Fabricland or any of the other commercial stores. The couple who run it are from Pakistan, and unlike many fabric store owners, are friendly and welcoming. I don't know if their fabric selection is dictated by the ethnicity of their customer base or their own tastes, but they have fabulous
stuff. African print cottons, silk chiffon in every colour, Chinese silk brocades, sequined sari fabrics, and other "ethnic" stuff, but also a good selection of linen, silk, woolens, velvets, etc. And also upholstery and drapery fabrics, canvas, linings, felt and all the usual notions and trims. Oddly, the only thing they don't carry is stretch knits like jersey and spandex.
Anyhow, that's my progress report, I guess. And Pearliepie's name has just given me an idea for something else that I'll have to go explore...