Sometimes you need to go cheap and Ebay has some great fabric bargains. I got myself some great woolen fabric described as SCOTTISH HIGHLAND FINEST GREY FINE TWEED 100% PURE NEW WOOL SUITING FABRIC at £6.00. a meter I don’t know if it is made in Scotland – at that price I doubt it -but the seller lives in Leeds which is local.

I was a bit leery about buying from Ebay but pure wool at that price? In grey, my favorite color. Worth a try. And I needed some cheaper fabric as my next project was risky

I had decided to make myself a jacket. I realized this was foolishly ambitious and going to test my sewing skills to the limit. Bear in mind I still can’t do button holes and you do not want to see that zip in the back of the bombazine skirt. There’s more than one reason I wear long tops.

But back to the jacket! I thought I would start with something simple. Something like this.

Mc Calls M6770 Misses’ Jacket, Bustle/Capelet, Skirt and Pants. I know what you are thinking but the pattern was in the sale and really cheap. Possibly there’s a reason for that but I can’t resist a bargain. I never intended to add the ruffles or the lace.

Any way the fabric arrived, (in a plastic bag), and it was surprisingly lovely. Well pleased I set off sewing.

Here’s my jacket. It is not a complete success. None of it sits quite right. The sleeves are rather strange and the seams pucker everywhere. But if I keep moving and wear it with other flowing stuff I recon I can just about swing it.
You see it pictured with the Yorkshire Wool Waistcoat and the Mu Mu Of Modesty  both homemade, worn over my gifted, stripy skirt and yoga leggings.

Sustainable Rating

  • Natural fibres
  • Homemade
  • Possibly made in the U.K. fabric – I did contact the seller and she said it was described as Scottish Highland Tweed but there was no mill label.
  • Supporting local fabric trader.
  • Made with plastic free sewing supplies  (you can find them here)


I bought this, pink gingham cotton and some lovely lawn (a very fine cotton) from Maggie, a very nice Ebay trader who is based in Leeds. It came packaged in a plastic bag.

My jacket cost £12.00 and I have enough left to make a skirt.


This counts as part of my fair share of global fabrics – a self imposed rationing system. You can read about it here # 

And  can see what else I have made, here

See the rest of my wardrobe here.

Find other clothing related posts here




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