I found several black fabrics that I particularly liked. They have a certain retro charm about them, and being black, they are romantic but not too sweet. I have made several make-up bags from these fabrics, I think their style is ideally suited to that purpose. But unfortunately, I gave them away as presents before photographing them (a mistake I promise not to repeat!).
Another group of floral fabrics that I bought are more colourful, with either red back ground or red flowers. These fabrics too look nice and retro to my eyes, but their colours make them look a lot more childish, girly and fun. The Japanese of course do girly things particularly well. Someone might say these fabrics are a bit twee, and I can’t really argue against that, but I think they have real charm and so I like them a lot. In addition to the print, they also have an nice woven texture.
I think these fabrics suit the kitchen too, so I’ve made an oven mitten from them and I’m also planning to make a tea cosy when I get round to it. I’ve used these to make pencil cases and make-up bags too, and they made great girly presents.