Tag Archives: shopping

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 … Continue reading

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Isle of Skye buttons

I found these buttons in a shop in Portree: Skye Batiks. Their main line is in garments sewn by a group of Isle of Skye sewists from bright handwoven cotton from Sri Lanka. Not what you except in Scotland. Their … Continue reading

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The after effects of the fabric sale

Blues Graphic blue and grey print silk cotton blend Blue border print silk cotton blend Blue and white stripe silk chiffon ( to coordinate with the border print, perhaps..) Teal blue stretch cotton woven Neutrals Cream and taupe stripe stretch … Continue reading

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Travelling stuff

This is a long meandering post about what I packed and wore whilst travelling for work to Europe in July, what sewing stuff I bought and some of the places I visited. Long and meandering. And somewhat self indulgent. You … Continue reading

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Fabric Gluttony

The evidence:  Anyone else in Adelaide go to Gay Naffine and Lucy Giles’ fabric sale? What did you get?

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Temptation is purple jacquard reversible fabric

Shall I or shan’t I? Participate in Tessuti’s competition, that is ( not buy more fabric! What do you think I am, a compulsive fabric buyer collector??!) Can you see a great retro dress made from this fabric? Burdastyle 12-2012-141 … Continue reading

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Lucy Giles and Gay Naffine to the rescue (again)

This jacket has been waiting for buttonholes for several weeks. I made them today and sewed on the buttons. I even made a start on the matching skirt. Why? Mojo restored by fabric buying. Anyone else experienced this? This is … Continue reading

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Gorgeous Fabrics

They* have arrived! The fabrics are as lovely as I had hoped. Ann is generous with her cuts- I have at least 2 metres (almost 2 ¼ yards) for the 2 yards ordered. They arrived in exactly 3 weeks Shipping … Continue reading

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More fabric purchasing

(It’s designer fabric sale time again). The mystery fabric is quite gorgeous. It was purchased as a sample by the designer some time ago, but never used. The fibre composition isn’t known any more but it feels like a synthetic, … Continue reading

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She shops again

In the interests of appropriate fabric stash maintenance, I made myself go to Gay Naffine’s and Lucy Gill’s disposal of unwanted fabrics from their summer fashion collections. Really I’m doing Gay and Lucy a service aren’t I? And giving some … Continue reading

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Denver souvenirs

I was in Denver, Colorado, last week for the American Chemical Society National Meeting. Here are my souvenirs. No snow domes, T shirts or baseball caps for me. What better souvenir is there than fabric? (..well perhaps diamonds might cut … Continue reading

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Blame it on my new colleague

Oh dear. More stash building has happened. Why is it my new colleague’s fault? Well, let me tell you. I received my 6 monthly notifications about Gay Naffine’s fabric sale last week. I said to He Who Cooks that I … Continue reading

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Tissus parisien [fabric shopping in Paris]

Isabelle of Kitty Couture has a great guide to shopping for fabric in Paris on her blog. So does Charlotte of Chinese Frogs in Paris. I was lucky enough to have a day to get over jet lag in Paris … Continue reading

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Stash building confessions

Look what followed me home from the Gay Naffine designer fabric sale yesterday As well as these lovely purchases I also met some Pattern Review members in real life. That was very cool! So what am I going to do … Continue reading

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Vintage fabric shopping in San Francisco

A day stopover in San Francisco to get over jet lag before a very full eleven day work trip. What a great idea! This was the lovely view of the Bay Bridge from my hotel in the Embacadero. And the … Continue reading

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