This season’s crop of fabrics has thrown up an interesting dichotomy for Miss Wednesday. She loves retro styles and proper frocks and very much enjoys the cheesecake and pin-up styles from across the Pond. But – and it’s a big but – she also likes subtler, pretty, very English prints and less traffic-stopping designs. Miss Sara, bless her, was becoming increasingly depressed at the number of new fabrics arriving at WM HQ that just didn’t fit her more rockabilly style and, as Number One House Model, she felt an intervention was required.
So she sighed a bit. Wobbled her bottom lip. Stamped her foot. (She’s very good at that, is Miss Sara.) All the usual signs of an impending tantrum were displayed but in the end she sat Miss Wednesday down and said, “Look, I haven’t had a new frock in ages and none of these new fabrics do it for me. So what are you going to do about it?”
Fair play. If you don’t ask, you don’t get and, frankly, Miss Wednesday was buried so deeply – and happily – in wonderful English countryside prints that she just hadn’t noticed.
“Oh, yes,” she said, blinking in the light and casting her gaze around the workshop for something. “I’d forgotten I have something for you.” And there, pinned to the notice board was a fabric swatch that made Miss Sara’s heart beat faster. She wanted something new and “different” for an impending scooter rally so the new fabric was perfect. Scooters, Hawaiian flora and girls in swimwear. Even her Nice Young Man wasn’t going to roll his eyes at this new frock!
Miss Sara was overjoyed. The bottom lip stopped wobbling and suddenly stamping feet started jumping for joy. The selected colour way was purchased and the frock run up in double-quick time for the rally, where it was received with approval. Miss Wednesday doesn’t enjoy working with fabric printed with large figures because she has to waste a lot in the cutting so as not to behead any where it matters on the garment but, as suspected, the scooterists didn’t tire of pointing out, “‘Ere, you’ve got a bird on each tit!” so the effort was well worth it.
And so Miss Wednesday was able to retire to her English designed and printed fabrics for a while. At least, until Miss Sara kicks off again and wants something else “special”.*
The moral of this Wittering? Well, Wednesday March is all about retro but your way. If you don’t see quite what you’re after, just ask. After all, the old adage, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get” does still hold true in many areas of life. Approach Miss Wednesday with caution, mind your Ps and Qs – if possible, bring gin – and she may well make you the frock of your dreams. Other fabrics are always available and one-offs are definitely possible.**
This is the latest fabric and a different style of frock (okay, one she’s done before but not regularly and certainly not in a couple of years) is currently under construction. Watch this space.
* Miss Sara has already asked and current betting is that it will be around about a week before the lip starts to wobble.
** Within reason. She’s still not stitching velvet or jersey for anyone. Sorry.