As promised, I'm going to show you my holiday fabric purchases. I was lucky enough to visit two very "famous" fabric stores. I've always read about Britex Fabrics and Mood Fabrics on sewing blogs and thought they were the gods of the fabric store world. Britex was several floors of fabric and Mood was of warehouse proportions. Unfortunately I had very limited time to peruse as I had three impatient males waiting for me outside.
Never fear! I still came home with a good bounty of beautiful fabrics. Lets take a look!
The blue floral is a rayon challis from Britex Fabrics. It is beautiful and soft with a wonderful drape. I was always curious when American bloggers talked about rayon challis. We don't seem to get much of it in Australia, so I was keen to get a piece to give it a try. I'm not sure about the print as it was an impulse buy under intense time pressure but I'm thinking Vogue 8810 view C for a classy retro summer dress.
The other two are silk prints. The yellow is from Britex and the navy from Mood. Both will become dresses for work. Pattern suggestions are welcome! I'm thinking something with a gathered elastic waist for the navy.
These three are for the boys. The Dr Seuss cotton (from Britex) is for summer pyjamas and the check fabrics (Mood) are for simple shorts. Mr N chose the checks in Mood as "I was buying too much fabric for yourself. What about us boys?". Point taken. He certainly does have good taste in fabric.
My favourite knit is the animal print. The print is ok but the quality of this fabric is amazing. I bought 3.5 metres of this viscose spandex knit as it is beautiful and thick with a lovely drape. I'm planning another Vogue 1250 (surprise!!) for work and a shortened Mission Maxi for casual wear.
The blue and pink print almost has an Australian botanical look to it. Mr N thinks it is more of a coral print. The quality isn't anything special as it's quite a thin cotton knit with limited recovery. I'm thinking the Lady Skater dress and possibly a loose tee if I have enough left. If you have any ideas, let me know!
Although I didn't get them on holidays, I got two pieces of linen from Tessuti just before we left. I spotted the Giganta Red floral print linen on the website and since I thought it was all sold out from last year I quickly grabbed a few metres. I have Burda 7379 marked for this pattern. I think the pairing is perfect for a breezy floral summer dress! The last piece to show you is a textured denim blue linen (Santorini Look linen) that I've already cut Vogue 8810 out of. I bought it to make another pair of Colette Juniper pants (must show you the first pair) but once it arrived I realised it was way too sheer for a pair of pants. I was considering the Colette Hawthorn pattern but decided to use a pattern I already had instead of adding another pattern to my ever growing stash. I'm a bit excited about this dress. It's all ready to go.
So there you have it. Some beautiful fabric to remember our trip by. I always think of our holiday in Japan whenever I wear my Japanese floral Simplicity 2360. Fabric makes the best souvenir!!
And if you're wondering how I get all this fabric home when we only travel with backpacks, rollable space bags of course!
Do you buy fabric when you travel? Where's your favourite fabric holiday destination?