Laurel in the Highlands

Chances are, you come here for the sewing. You might even drop by to see what the ‘daft cow’s up to now’, wondering why on earth I choose to put photos of myself on the internet. Either way I thought it was high time I threw in a bit of scenery for good measure.
We’ve just come back from a lovely break in the Cameron Highlands, the land of tea and strawberry plantations. We managed high tea with scones, cream and jam; a roast dinner; and a drinks in front of an open fire in the local pub. It was the perfect opportunity to get some outfits photographed against a backdrop that didn’t include my balcony wall.


So here I am amidst the tea bushes in my latest Laurel by Colette Patterns. I’ve been on a roll with this pattern as it’s a really good fit for me, and the perfect vehicle for interesting and striking fabric. I’ve made five of these babies so far, and can’t imagine there won’t be more. It’s a feminine shape with a gently flared skirt, although it’s a bit crumpled here after a long drive.

I bought this gorgeous Japanese cotton from Malin Textiles in People’s Park, Singapore. I was very taken with the bright bauble colours on a dark background. The lady who sold it to me said that it was a ‘famous’ style print. Knowing nothing about Japanese textiles, I wondered if anyone could shed any light? I’ve photographed the selvedge below for any Japanese speakers. Any information would be gratefully received.

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23 thoughts on “Laurel in the Highlands

  1. Oooh, what a pretty dress and gorgeous scenery!!!! I’m far from fluent in Japanese, so I could be wrong here, but the first 4 characters (the simple ones) just spell out “high colour”. It is a very classic (famous?) type of print – black background, bright reds and aqua blue, those balls, the organic cloud shapes in the background… very distinctly Japanese. Maybe that was shat she meant? I love that print – I’d buy it for sure if I saw it!

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    • I thought it might be the name of the designer or fabric company. i hadn’t thought it might just be the colours – d’oh! Maybe she just meant it was a ‘typical’ Japanese style. Thanks for sharing your hidden talents.

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  2. Wow! Look at them views! And your dress is fab too! This style really suits you and must be perfect for the heat – I really can’t image it, it’s miserable here today.
    PS I washed the fabric last night. I’m going to see if I can fit vogue 1353 out of it. I’ve made it before and have a low key wedding coming up which I think would be perfect. 😃

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