Fabric Shopping Adventures!

Hello lovely Readers! I hope you’ve had a great week.

I’ve had two fantastic weekends in a row that I wanted to share. And both involved fabric shopping!

Last weekend I mentioned I was in London. The trip was centred around a lovely friend’s 30th birthday. I also got to see some of my family and go to the ballet. All excellent activities!


On the Monday before I left for home I snuck in a little bit more fun in the shape of a Goldhawk Road trip with some famous sewing faces. I put a call out on twitter for London-based sewists who’d be free for shopping on a Monday and who replies? Only flipping Lizzie who was going to be visiting the UK and free to meet up!

Even better, Rachel, Fiona, Inna and Alana were also free for a shopping jaunt. It had been ages since we last caught up with each other.

We combed the shops for bargains and then had a lovely gossip over lunch in a funny little cafe (Rachel’s photo above). Monday was the day that Fiona’s first Mood post went live and also the day the Project Sewn results were announced! Talented ladies.

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Excellent London buys – Deer print Georgette, Geometric Cotton Sateen and Fabulous Swimming Ladies Polycotton.

This weekend was just as good. I got to catch up with Sabs, Kat, Marie, Helen, Roisin and Claire in Birmingham.

We enjoyed the Rag Market, the brilliant Barry’s and the Fancy Silk Store. Our lunch may have been more gossiping than eating but that’s just how I like it.

The fabric bargains, lovely company and good weather(!) all made it worth riding the megabus. I know I’m a broken record but it’s amazing considering we met randomly off the Internet, how I seriously value these ladies being in my life. They inspire me and they make me laugh so much.

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Brilliant Brum Purchases – Rose print Polyester, Hydrangea print Viscose. Not pictured are my bargain zip and bias binding purchases or my extremely dull lining choices.

I feel like I’ve been searching for the perfect floral since I started sewing. These two are pretty gorgeous but not perfect. They will do for now though!

Finally I still have one (ludicrously expensive) fabric purchase to show you but I’m saving that for another time…

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(31) Comments

  1. Ooh, you got some great stuff. I love the digital triangles. Sorry to have missed this meetup!

    1. almondrock says:

      Your amazing travels are a good reason. I’ve been loving your photo glimpses of Panama

  2. Love the florals you got in Birmingham! It was such a lovely day on Monday with you guys, I can’t wait to see what both you and Rachel make with that geometric print sateen!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! I am interesting to see how Rachel uses the fabric as I bet we’re planning wildly different makes 🙂

  3. Sounds like a fab time. Love those digitial triangles as well…. oooh and can’t wait to see what’s in the LIberty bag !

    1. almondrock says:

      The triangles are possibly too cool for me but I’m going to do my best to live up to them. Plus the secret Liberty purchase will be revealed soon I’m sure… myyyy precioussssss

      1. almondrock says:

        PS. You might not actually be that impressed by the contents given your extensive Liberty sewing hehe.

  4. Wow, what fun meetups and what amazing fabric!

    1. almondrock says:

      I do love a good meetup. More for the gossiping than the fabric… but fabric is excellent too.

  5. Love the deer fabric! We went fabric shopping this saturday on Goldhawk Road! Always so much fun!

    1. almondrock says:

      Oooh I love GH Rd. I’ll be so so sad when it’s gone. Unless it gets a final reprieve! We can hope eh?

  6. All of your sewing catch ups look like such fun! We’ve just had two here in Sydney and I loved them…can’t wait for more (or too see what’s in your purple bag there).

    1. almondrock says:

      Aaah I’d love to tag along to a Sydney meet up! A girl can dream 🙂

  7. I almost bought that geometric print when I was Goldhawk Road recently. You picked up some lovely pieces and it was great to see this weekend.

    1. almondrock says:

      Lovely to see you too! Rachel picked some Triangles up too and I can’t wait to see how she uses hers.

  8. I’m so intrigued to see what’s in your liberty bag! Love that hydrangea print! x

    1. almondrock says:

      Aaah thanks! It has super pretty colours in person. The lovely Liberty bag is staying closed just a little longer but not too long 😉

  9. This looks like such an amazing day!

    1. almondrock says:

      There’s something so uplifting about having a long lunch and a gossip with likeminded ladies. And then you throw in fabric shopping and it really makes you doubly happy!

  10. you tease! i love the florals and yaay for more swimming ladies!

    1. almondrock says:

      I bet the blogisphere is sick of those swimming ladies really heheh. I CANNOT WAIT to wear florals and enjoy Spring 🙂

  11. Ooh, pretty! I love the geometric one!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks! The geometric is going to be so fun to wear. Oh and welcome to the floral club 🙂

  12. Sounds like such good fun! I love your fabric buys too – that geometric one is gorgeous! I’m hoping when my wee one gets a bit older I can get along to another meetup!

    1. almondrock says:

      Yes! There are lots of regular meet ups in London and Birmingham. It literally is the more the merrier!

  13. These are lovely fabrics! And fabric shopping is the best adventure ever – you never know what you bring home 🙂 I was also in Goldhawk Road the last two weekends and almost got the fabric with the deer as well. If they would have had it in another color it would have been mine 🙂

    1. almondrock says:

      oooh we could have been deer twins. I was a bit sad it was navy, but not enough to put it back down! 🙂

  14. I love those florals too, what a great fabric haul. It was so lovely to meet you too. I had such a great time, but didn’t the time fly by?

  15. I love our meetups/all the gossiping too! I’m so glad Brum decided to be sunny to make up for the Megabus… And I can’t wait to see what you make out of the blue floral fabric to disprove your cool-colours-near-your-face theory!

  16. It was great to meet you! I am so curious to know what’s in the Liberty bag!!!!!

  17. Sounds like you had a great time! I love that geometric print cotton, do you know who makes it? Would love to get my hands on some!

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