If you live in Melbourne and haven't been to the Lost+Found Market (Smith Street, Collingwood), you absolutely must go! They moved premises from down the street a little while ago and the new shop has all sorts of goodies to peruse. This is actually where I bought my purple paisley material, and this pattern for a flowing floral dress.
>> I'm going to take proper sewing lessons before embarking on the dress, since my green velvet cushions were harder than they should've been (and still not finished!). Thread den is looking good.