Saturday, May 21, 2011

Royal Wedding Fabric and More

Made by Makower fabrics I bought a metre each of the navy and the white royal wedding fabric (with the unfortunate W.C initials) from Peter Jones dept. store in Sloane Sqe. The red fabric, I have had for years and it has the initials C.D and is from Charles and Diana's wedding. Not sure what I'll do with the fabric yet, might just keep it as it is. The red C.D fabric has been made into curtains in my Diana room. I also have the C.D fabric in navy as a valance at the top of my bedroom curtains. Not sure I have a spare room for a William and Kate room, they might have to share.

On my long 'to do' list when I arrived in London was to visit a Kath Kidston shop. Very pretty fabrics etc. and very expensive. I bought half a metre of this London fabric. It's a heavy furnishing fabric but I could make a bag or cushion perhaps. The blue fabric, not as shiny and bright as in the pic. is to make my own Kate engagement doll.

The Kate doll in Hamley's Regent st. for 35pounds was very dissapointing, the Franklin Mint doll is very nice but too expensive so I must try to make my own.

A wedding souvenir shopping bag and another paper doll. Now I'm looking for a paper doll in the wedding dress.

Have always wanted some of these brass buttons with the Royal crest, maybe from a police or fireman's uniform and look where I bought them.

This antique shop is just across the Thames from Hampton Court Palace. Many years ago, when I lived in the U.K for a few years this was a Chemist shop and I worked there as an assistant. I only worked 3 hours a day 4 days a week to cover staff lunch breaks. The pay was so poor I don't know why I bothered but the job was such fun and perfect as I had school age children then. I sometimes served people who lived in the Grace and Favour apartments at the Palace, even a Countess once. I was always very willing to deliver prescriptions to The Palace but the pharmacist always kept that job for himself. I used to ride my bike to work and prop it against the wall where those mirrors are now.


  1. I had to laugh about the initials ! I think Kate should stay with a K and not as Cathrine ! Sometimes initials put together give a very funny result !
    What a surprise it must have been for you to go back, where once you had worked !
    The fabrics all look very nice.

  2. I'm loving all the details from your trip. Sounds like you had a great time!

  3. Sounds like you had so much fun going here and there and looking at different things and purchasing different souvenirs. Memories to cherish for a life time to be sure!

    Happy Weekend!
    xo Catherine

  4. I get this magazine ad thingy every so often from Collectables Direct and they have a solar powered waving Queen:)

  5. Beautiful fabrics, Sylvia !
    Looks like an interesting antique shop, so nice you used to work there when it was a Chemist shop.
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  6. I had not thought about the initials WC and now I can't think of anything else!

    Those buttons are a real find.

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  8. I'll look forward to seeing the Kate doll you make and the paper doll book looks fun.

    Interesting to hear about your old place of work. With the chemist shop gone I wonder if the Countess and others at the Palace have to buy their prescriptions online! :)