I recently spotted that 'Hillary's' are running a competition for bloggers to launch a new selection of fabrics. I was sold at the mention of a completely free 39"x 39" sample of said fabric, but whomever's original creation is deemed the best by a panel of crafty judges wins a whopping £1,000.
(All pictures above via hilarys.co.uk)
I was very excited when this arrived in the post this morning! (So excited infact, that I didn't iron it before taking the picture...) I can't wait to get stuck in.
The print is somewhat larger than I anticipated but it's just as lovely as I'd imagined. The fabric has a lightweight canvas feel and the brushstroke effect almost looks hand painted. I love that the density of the print varies which could look really effective if used along an edge / hem.
The only problem now is making a decision as to exactly what I'll use it for... any suggestions? The weight would lend itself very nicely to a bag, but I'm leaning towards some statement print shorts to wear in Italy (as it will most likely be quite hot and I'm somewhat too 'indelicate' for short skirts). Maybe I'll be really greedy and go for both!
Bag wise, I'm thinking something small, along the lines of this little beauty by Jessica at 'How About Orange' (via Pinterest) just big enough for camera, purse, keys and phone. If the stories are true then it would have to be pickpocket-proof for the Rome tube!
As for the shorts, it may sound utterly mad but I think the fabric would look great as a pair similar to the ones below(via Pinterest). I'm thinking slightly tailored looking, clean lines, concealed side zip and perhaps just a welt pocket or two on the back?
Or maybe I'm just crazy?