While on our half term trip up to West Yorkshire I managed to squeeze in visits to two fabric stores Simply Solids and Fab Works Mill Shop. I’ve been following the social media feeds of both for a while and was very much looking forward to exploring both.
Simply Solids is a great store, with a beautiful range of fabrics every shade of the rainbow. With collections from Dashwood Studios to Cotton & Steel, pre cuts and stash clubs they really do have something for everyone. I managed to pick up a little Elizabeth Hartman, some Carolyn Friedlander extra wide and a metre of Alison Glass Spheres in raspberry. I am thinking the Paint box Basics will make a lovely summer shirt and shorts for B and the Raspberry Spheres could be a stunning Frida dress. The extra wide Architextures is just to add to my stash. I love buying extra wides as you get so much for you money and at 108″ wide even half a metre will go far.
Next was a quick stop in to Fab Works Mill Shop. This shop has a fab range but I was most interested in some of the jerseys and knit fabrics. I am often unsure of buying these online as you have no idea of the quality but having visited and bought I won’t hesitate in the future. This lightweight purple marl is quite thin but doubled up will make a lovely layered skirt and at only £3/m doubling it up is quite affordable. The light teal/aqua sweatshirt knit was a steal at £7/m especially with it being 78″ wide. With the 2 metres I bought I can see sweatshirts for both kids as well as some comfy shorts and maybe joggers and quite possibly a little something for each of us. The final piece was the squishy grey bonded jersey, again very reasonably priced and while I haven’t settled on a pattern for this, it could easily become another Toaster sweater or some cosy super soft lounge pants!
Since getting back you would think I had enough to be getting on with but I couldn’t resist this jersey print in my local fabric store Kayes Textiles. I have already made shirts for each of the kids and have enough left over to make some leggings and possibly even a summer dress. Its a great quality jersey and sews up very easily, even managed to get some nice twin needle stitching on the sleeves and bottom hem.
With all that to be getting on with I must put myself on a fabric buying ban for a while I think! It does feel great to be planning some more summery clothes for us all. Spring is only a few weeks away and that will mean a little less time sewing as we start work in the garden. We are hoping to grow a good range of fruit and veg again this year, we have lots of seeds left from last year and if we get some good weather we will be eating our own produce before we know it!
(Disclaimer: just in case anyone is wondering, these opinions are entirely my own, I have not been paid by any of the shops named for mentioning them here.)