waistcoat maker. However I love finding new uses for fabrics and the skills I've picked up working in the world of textiles. I have done some furnishing projects, such as lining curtains and making cushions and even though I may have nothing in particular in mind I will grab some furnishing fabric if it's going in the sale. Often this thicker durable fabric will get turned into a stylish jacket like this one I wore to the Forbidden City in China. This said a good stock of fabric can really be handy if you suddenly find yourself with a problem to solve.
I have been trying to redecorate my sewing room without spending too much cash. A friend donated a pair of bookcases which were solid, however the backs of them were damaged. At first I thought I'd have to have them without the backs, which is highly annoying as I was planning on putting sewing bits and bobs on them, and could just imagine them getting lost or damaged as they fell behind the shelves. Another options would be having ugly mis-matched bookcases. The walls of my room looked very distinguished in their ox-blood red and I didn't want to spoil the over all Victorian abeyance they had given my room with tacky looking bookcases. It was then that I had an idea.