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?
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Yeah I know the liberty squares will end as napkins. Thanks for a lovely day, and I know we will be going back there shortly.
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I washed the pink polka dot fabric and I have no more dots! I think I used wrong temperature? D’oh!
What a lovely day you two had. Oh next time I would love to go ! Happy birthday .
Thank you! And as for shopping- the more the merrier!
Happy belated Birthday, what amazing fabric finds! I’m so jealous that you two got to hang out again ;o) Also, your sorbetto top fabric is to die for…love it and can’t wait to see it made up!!!
😦 Shoot I wanna come! Happy belated birthday and I’m drooling over that pretty green linen! I don’t think the taffeta is too busy but it would probably work better if the stripes of sorts was on the horizontal and not the vertical.
Thank you! I guess I will save the taffeta for something else.
You have SUCH great taste. Amazing.
Thank you 🙂
Ok, we have GOT to figure out a trade for some napkins!!! Because I never find napkins I love and I need some really fabulous everyday ones that I can throw in the wash but are adorable. Maybe I could make you and Greg a 4 course meal or something….and then we could go pick the fabric out 🙂 *thinking thinking*
Dessert and coffee would be fine! We can go fabric shopping whenever. I am totally free. There’s a few awesome stores in Shepherds Bush. Let me know and we can go.