Mind you, it was comforting to know that I am not the only one there with a serious eBay habit, although no-one there had randomly bought 90 ties. Sigh. I am still hoping I will be outbid in the next four hours or I may be getting some serious fabric stash.
We watched another pattern being laid out, and I understood it, and we practiced doing notches and clipping curved seams and it all made sense. All I need to do now is work out how to thread the sewing machine. That may take some time. However I live in hope and have decided that once I have got the hang of things with bags and cushion covers I am going to going to make bear a cloak. Bear will approve. If I can make one for DH, so much the better! He may forgive the curtain fabric (though I don't think I should risk making the cloak from the actual curtain fabric, I think that could go a bit silly).
When I was looking on WikiCommons for a picture of a cloak I found this.
Image from WikiCommons, taken by V&A Museum, used under the Creative Commons Agreement and a really interesting bit of textile history
It's from the V&A Museum and I think bear would love something it. I think he will have to wait for a while before I get up to this standard.