This is my best friend Beth, who not only rocks adorable headbands, but also loves cheap fabric as much as I do. So when she invited me to a £1 per metre fabric sale at Stitched Up in Chorlton, I excitedly begged the boyf to take us. He agreed, and we came away with a carrier bag bursting full of bargain fabric. A successful Saturday was had by all!
It seems that this has been the week of cheap fabric. As well as the bargains at Stitched Up yesterday, Abakhan had a 20% off everything sale on Wednesday and Thursday. Of course I took full advantage of these offers, and I can’t wait to show you what I snagged…
Firstly, I have these three beautiful fabrics from Abakhan. The luscious royal purple fabric is an embossed scuba with two-way stretch, and I can see it making the perfect skater dress. I wear skater dresses a lot but I don’t own a purple one, so this has shot to the top of my ‘to make’ list! The orange and pink striped fabric is light polyester weave, with enough opacity that I can transform it into a summery kaftan-style shirt with no need to wear a vest underneath. It was also priced at a very reasonable £1.99 per metre with 30% off – you can’t moan at all for that price! Finally, we have a pink and purple craft cotton, which is surprisingly light and drapey, not at all stiff like quilting cotton has a tendency to be. I’m planning to make a Tilly and the Buttons Picnic Blanket Skirt with it, but that plan may yet change, I’m being super indecisive with this fabric. I’m more than open to any suggestions – please leave them in the comments!
Next, we have three fabrics from Stitched Up, which were entirely free! Admittedly they’re pretty oddly shaped off-cuts, but for a grand total of £0.00 I can put up with some oddly placed jagged edges. These three fabrics are all woven and surprisingly sturdy, so I’m thinking of using them for pockets and linings. Then again, I adore the retro print of the floral fabric on the right, so that may well become a headband.
These three blue beauties were also from Stitched Up, and were priced at an incredible £1 per metre. The polka dot fabric on the left is a luxurious turquoise satin, and I think it would make a fabulous 1950’s style wiggle dress. I just hope 3 metres is enough! The middle fabric is soft and slightly stretchy, and I was initially thinking of making a shirt with it but they only had a metre left. Instead, I might make pyjama shorts or possibly boxers for my boyfriend as a thank you for taking Beth and I fabric shopping. Finally, on the right is a lovely striped woven fabric which I was able to get 4 metres of. At least part of it will become a floaty summer high-low skirt, similar to the Primark one I posted about last week.
Finally, we have the lovely burgundy fabric Beth can be seen modelling at the start of this post. We bought 6 metres of this and split it between us, we both fell for the colour. I was initially a little unsure about what to make with it, but after having a flick through Love at First Stitch (which I can highly recommend!), I think it will make a perfect Mimi blouse. I’m swooning at the thought of a contrasting collar, piping and buttons… in white? Black? Leopard print? So many possibilities!
I hope you enjoyed my fabric haul! What is your next sewing project? Make sure to leave a comment below.
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