Textile investment

Is it sad that I took an annual leave day to get to Gay Naffine’s sale? I think anyone reading this blog will understand…

I met a few of you for the first time at the sale; that was so nice. And saw some ‘old’ friends too! It was particularly cool that yummymummy38 and I wore garments made from the same fabric bought from the sale a year or so ago.

So what did I get?

He who Cooks described them as tablecloths, curtains and chux wipes.


The greys and blacks:

  • Grey faux fur (Felicity sees this as an egg coat for her)
  • Cotton blend black and white jacquard (the ‘tablecloth’, I’m thinking a dress, but it would also make an awesome swing coat)
  • Grey laser cut poly blend (skirt, with contrast lining? jacket?)
  • Chiffon with pleather paillettes (dress in a simple shape for going out, its sheer and those discs have great movement)

Navy and blue (the ‘curtain’ fabric and the ‘chux wipes’):

  • Mechanical stretch poly blend self striped navy (probably a pencil skirt)
  • Plain navy wool (not sure what this will be, but this is a gorgeous fabric that would work for lots of things)
  • Blue and black poly blend jacquard (the ‘curtains’, but I am imagining a jacket and skirt, or a coat)
  • Blue and white silk chiffon (Felicity can see past the ‘chux’ and into a maxi dress for her)
  • Blue, navy and black rayon viscose blend double weave plaid (no idea what this is going to be, but I love this fabric)

 Summer, brights and maybe linings:

  • The plain red and plain white fabrics are rayon shirting weight (they might end up as linings. At $5 a metre they needed to come home with me and let me know later what they want to be)
  • Oyster and grey graphic print in silk (Felicity imagines a floaty summer dress for her)
  • Fine grey wool poly knit (this would be great stretch lining but could also be a top)
  • Lemon stretch cotton (summer skirt or shorts for Felicity?)


It was a fun morning with lots of other sewists, commenting on each other’s choices and hoping there would be enough left on the roll after the person being served had her piece cut…

I almost came home with a double faced window pane wool in grey and black too, but I was too slow. Gay came out and took the roll back with her; she’d just had a back order from a customer and needed to make another jacket.

Such an exciting morning!

Now, I need to know what you bought if you were there.

And if you haven’t been yet, off you go! The sale runs until Sunday.


23 thoughts on “Textile investment

  1. Ha! Was just about to call and see what the damage was. Love it all – favourite is the oyster/grey graphic silk.

  2. Wow you were quick off the mark with your post!! I was one of the first in this morning and while we were waiting we compared fabrics we were wearing as well (sewists are such a lovely bunch). I grabbed some wool for a cape (didn’t get it last time and regretted it) and lots of other lovelies. I also got the most amazing ombre felted wool that is really hard to describe but is so stunning I had to grab it. I must have looked like a weirdo walking back to work with two large bags of fabric in hand….

    • Ombre felted wool. That sounds wonderful! None of it left by the time I was there (9:30). Like a weirdo with lots of fabric? Definitely not! Just privileged!

  3. I wouldn’t say ‘sad’, but dedicated! These fabrics will work well with July’s Monthly Stitch. I look forward to seeing your makes 🙂

  4. The cotton blend black and white jacquard is one of my favorites. I vote for a swing coat, maybe with some piping?? Great haul!

    • Oh boy you are so right. One of the older ladies at the sale said to me, while we were waiting to get our fabrics cut “do you sew every day? I sew every day? “. I work every day. Work definitely gets in the way! She was buying a lot of fabric too and I bet she’ll get it sewn up a lot faster than I!

  5. Wow, I never knew Adelaide has such a bevy of beautiful sewers, such a swish lot we are in our made to measure garments, if I do say so myself! Any of us wouldn’t look out of place on Sylvia’s blog. ( http://40plusstyle.com ) it was exciting to see all the fabric I’d been anticipating for two weeks and chatting avidly with like minded sewists, who so know the allure of a Naffine sale…

    I finished my spots and striped dress, just so I could wear it to the sale, funny how you turned up in your matching skirt. Wow, Felicity is tall…
    I’d love to see what you make with the paillettes fabric, I was imagining it as a short shift dress… I ended up with that oyster silk too, among the many fabrics that followed me home there was a strange fabric I didn’t even remember picking up. I was super excited to see PVC for only $10/m, which I bought to make my daughter the envelope shorts she saw in Bardot, for $60, don’t you love being able to sew. (never mind I’ve never sewn PVC before. )

    See you at the summer sale, ladies😀

    • Your spots and striped dress is awesome. Great idea to colour block with black too. I might just copy that idea for the piece I have left.
      I loved seeing so many people in beautiful original garments, sometimes also in fabric I recognised.
      I’m thinking a short shift dress for the paillettes fabric too, or trapeze shaped with cut in shoulders. Gay said they made it up into simple little tops, tee shirt shaped. Next time I have an evening event to go too, I’ll use it! That means it will sit in the stash for some time…
      So funny that you have fabric you don’t remember picking up. Those precut pieces have a habit of doing that to me too.
      Good luck with the PVC. I think that’s a reason to buy another foot for your machine. Or that’s what I would say anyway.

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