The hunt for fabric

Those of you who follow me on Instagram know how disappointed I was after visiting Spotlight (the equivalent of JoAnn Fabrics in the US) the other day.

When we lived in Queensland 18 years ago Spotlight was my go to place for anything that had to do with sewing. Now I couldn’t find anything. The store was filled with everything but what I was looking for!

My only comfort when I walked out empty handed was that I had gotten some good experience using the PTV app on my phone to figure out how to get there on public transportation.

Back in CBD, short for Central Business District, and more or less on my way home I stumbled on a Lincraft store, which is another JoAnn Fabric like store. Here I found the tracing paper I needed and also some linen fabric. Didn’t look like fantastic quality, but the price was ok so I got enough to make me a dress.

When I got home I realized my hands were all black. It was from the fabric!! Later that night I discovered my top had changed color after carrying the roll around in the store. 😱

After washing the fabric three times it finally stopped dry bleeding. I really should return it…

I know, I should live as I preach and support local, independent shops. That is what I did the following day.

And there is hope for Melbourne! I did find some really nice shops. Some to look in and some to shop in. All located conveniently close to trams, buses and trains.

Kimono House specializes in Japanese fabrics, patterns and accessories.

In the same building, on the same floor I also found L’Uccello Vintage Haberdashery&Fancy Goods. The building where these two shops are located is worth a visit by itself. Several nice shops of different kinds.

Just a fes blocks away is Tessuti Fabrics. Lots of nice fabrics here. They also sell their own patterns and have samples of the garments in the store to look at.

After a lunch date with Johan I went on my last expedition for the day: The Fabric Store. This isn’t a local shop ( even has a branch in Los Angeles!), but I’ll make an exception. This is a wonderful store! Lots of wonderful silks, linens and cottons. And they are having a sale now. All fabrics are 20% off or more!

Do I need to say I bought some. My pretty little stash of, mostly, silk is in the photo below!

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