My mister asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I instantly replied with, “Fabric, please.” Although I have quite the stash growing I still wanted to branch out and get something other than cotton or cotton blends. With Dibs along I knew fabric shopping would be twice the fun. And it was. I took her to my favourite fabric shop in Holloway, Rolls and Rems, not too far from my place. They have the most unbelievable remnants bin I have seen. It’s pretty big.
I’m glad someone told me about this place because I would have never found it on my own. The best part, it’s a 15 minute bus ride away. I have yet to buy anything that isn’t a remnant. But maybe one day I’ll purchase something outside the bin. They have pretty and affordable options.
And affordable notions and haberdashery.
After spending quite a bit of time stalking the bin and walking about the store we finally made our purchases. It was quite the successful venture!
I walked away with 24 yards, or 22 meters, of beautiful fabrics for £32! Not bad. Not bad at all.
When I picked this sheer pink polka dot fabric I was channeling Marie, from A Sewing Odyssey. I loved the look of her Sorbetto top. So feminine, so sweet. I want those things! Hope I can accomplish that with my polka dot choice.
This black taffeta has such great details. It will make a lovely dress and skirt. Yes, I got that much of it. I am hoping to make Gertie’s Full Gathered Skirt with it. Do you think it’ll work? Or will I need something with less details?
This cotton lawn will make a sweet skirt or blouse. Once I get my order of patterns I’ll decide which one I will make.
Dibs kept laughing at me when I pointed out which fabrics would make great napkins. I can’t help it. I love napkins. It’s the hostess in me. I love throwing dinner parties and setting a gorgeous tables. Every year, around Thanksgiving, I go crazy looking for vibrant, sophisticated napkins and always come out empty. They are either overpriced or dull, dull, dull. Why did I take up sewing? To make napkins. Yes. True story.
I see a great springy dress or skirt in this green floral linen.
This is my ace. I knew I was in for a challenge when Dibs walked away from this one. She explained it was due to how costly and/or time consuming pre-shrinking wool could be. I love a challenge so I snapped it up as soon I saw a woman put it down. When I become an amazing sewist I will make a jacket with this one. So this one will be put in the back of my stash cabinet. See you eventually, my pretty.
These pretty squares I bought from eBay. They are part of my birthday gift from G as well. They are 62 4″x4″ vintage Liberty squares. When I saw them I instantly thought: patch skirt! Sadly I will need a billion more to make one. Wish I had done the math before bidding and winning them. So dear reader, what shall I make with these little treasures?