Last week I visited Maastricht (and Aachen) and now I have a plan: becoming a millionaire and buying an art nouveau mansion downtown Maastricht…. Such a wonderful town! I remember I said the same things about Lüttich last year, and to my defence, I would still graciously accept a mansion there, so that I could live my wild crafting life in Lüttich. I am so modest and nice, aren’t I?
But back to Maastricht which is a sewist and architecture lovers
heaven. After several days of intense rain in Aachen, we decided to
spontaneously visit Maastricht. With no plan in mind we drove directly
into the city centre, found a parking place – which by the way was up to
date the most expensive underground car park we ever encountered 1 €
per 20m minutes – and wandered directly into a fabric market.
A great hurray and joy for me. After the first glimpse my joy transformed into maniacal excitement, as all fabrics were half the price or less than at home. And the slightly disturbing realisation I made is, the fabrics are exactly the same as the ones at home… only cheaper. After my coat sewing experiment I have this inflated self image which tells me that I am able to tackle all sewing projects indifferent how complicated (ok, besides this gathered skirt, this is simply not possible :-DDD) and so I decided to forget my husband and go hunting after a thick wool fabric for a winter jacket. But I was so overwhelmed I was unable to decide while my husband was slowly and silently freezing. After conversing with several completely unknown fabric shoppers (who also were so kind to take a photo of me, so that I could decide if the color of the fabric suits me) I bought…. tada… nothing. With the idea to return later I had pity for my husband, and we started to research eateries and cafes. And we were successful in such an unexpected way: coffee in medieval cathedral.
In Germany and the Netherlands are many churches which are no
longer in use. Many of them are abandoned and no longer cared for,
slowly decaying, which let my heart bleed. In Maastricht they found a
wonderful solution to rescue this historical building. They built a
bookstore and a confectionery into the church. It was like a wonderland
for us, high ribbed vaults and amazing pillars framed by rows of books
and garnished with a strong and creamy espresso macchiato. Although I do
not speak Netherlands I could not resist and bought a sewing book,
hoping that I can make sense of the patterns, photos and drawings. The
book presents 15 dresses in sizes from 30 up to 56, which is amazing and
so inclusive. I already have plans for four of them.
But back to the market I was a bit disappointed as it was
closed… but as I can be very persistent in my pursuit of fabric and
wool, we visited Maastricht a second time on our way home from Aachen.
The market on this day was much smaller but I was able to find a thick
woven wool fabric in dark grey and an even darker, I will say
mysterious, flower fabric with a slight stretch. The flower fabric is
dedicated for the flared brown/black dress on the photo above and the
grey wool will become a short jacket.
I also tried to get a bit of crochet time during our Aachen and
Maastricht visit, but I made a strange mistake (I somehow lost two
clusters in a row) and I had to unravel everything I crocheted during
the last week. Graaaahhhh. But I am still excited about this pattern,
which will be a raglan sweater not worked top down but flat and then
seamed. Hopefully the sweater will resemble the image in my head 😀