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

    1. 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

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

    1. 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!

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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!

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