‘Of a certain age’

We’ve all heard the term ‘of a certain’ age used to refer to women. If I really think about it, this whole topic and attitude is a bit gendered and mildly sexist, but have to admit that there is a point in most women’s lives when you start thinking ‘is this too young for me?’.

And I have finally reached it.

People often assume I am younger than I am and I think it comes from the fact that I aspire to act much less than my age (every day, all day), so tend get away with more than most people would, I suspect. šŸ˜‰

But now that I might be able to sew anything I want – in any fabric I want – I think I need to be a bit more selective in the things I choose to make in certain prints.

For example, I keep finding myself drawn to fabrics like this fab print by Sarah Watts –Ā Timber and Leaf called Fox Portrait:

Or how about this one fromĀ Mo Willems’Ā Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the BusĀ fabric collection (what a great name!):

Super fun, but see where I am going with this one?

I am thinking either tank tops, like the Wiksten or Sorbetto, or skirts/cropped trousers, though the pattern above might only work as a little accent piece like a belt.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of plain linens and Nani Iro prints in my queue as well, like this subtle-y gorgeous Odilon Redon-looking one:

Thing is, I get really excited when I see certain prints, but unlike with the wonders of Ravelry, sewing doesn’t seem to have as big of an online presence for researching how certain prints/fabrics look in real lifeĀ (and a good number of these fabrics seem to show up on Google images in children’s clothing…which I think might be telling me something I blatantly choose to ignore. So there.)

And London being, well London, the chance of finding any of these fabrics in an actual store to check out before buying is a pipe dream.

Since nice fabrics are so expensive what do all you UK seamstresses out there do? Order gazillions of samples?

Help me out here, folks. Is there something other than Burda Style that I am missing?