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Haberdashery is really cheap around here, so I made sure to stock up on zippers and lining today. I bought 10 zippers (4 dress, 6 skirt), 6 of which were invisible, for about 3 pounds. I love it how here I said "dress zippers" and "skirt zippers" and they didn't ask about length or anything - they just sold me the "dress" and "skirt" zippers on stock.

I also bought some olive-houndstooth-like fabric. I got 2.5 meters so it should be enough for almost everything in the patterns I own. I'll decide what to make when I get home. It will probably be something to wear over pullovers like the previous ones.  It also occurred to me, but only after I left the shop, that I should get some muslin. Perhaps I'll order some when I get back to the UK.

In other news, the Pastille dress has seen better days. I was zipping a boot the other day and it snapped at the underarm, and not even in a seam. That was a bit unfortunate since with all the other issues it has I'm close enough to calling it quits on this version. Too bad about the fabric, but hopefully I have enough to make a skirt out of the remainder. I can also always take the skirt itself apart and fix it. Maybe that's not such a bad idea. I'll sleep on it for some days.


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