New additions

Fabric stash top ups

I just remembered that I didn’t put up the pictures of the fabric I bought on our big fabric shopping trip. I am going to rectify this immediately.

These I bought at Remnant warehouse.

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Lurex stripe black suiting

This suiting is very light and does not crush. At all!

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Metallic finish

This is also suiting, a bit heavier hand, very soft

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Grey stripe

I call this fabric “grey stripe”. The grey thread creates textured effect.

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Crispy!

an exceptionally crisp white linen able to stand on its own.

Standard knit fabrics

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Nylon

A nylon mesh for lining
NSW leather

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Leather!!


Stunning coloured leather. I have nothing in mind for it, but I could not resist.
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Very lady-like

This silk was calling my name.

Sudden inspiration

Remember that silk/cotton treasure I found in my fabric stash? Here it is

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"Purple flower"

I found a blouse pattern in Burda magazine I thought was very cute. I don’t hesitate once I find something interesting, so I pre-shrunk, dried and cut the fabric on Saturday. On Sunday (while my husband and son were busy bonding) I got so carried away I completed the blouse by 2pm. I have no buttons for it, of course, but it is DONE.
Here is the technical drawing of it

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Model 106 A

The show and tell are coming!

What have you got in mind for your fabric treasures?

PR weekend Sydney. The fabric shopping lollapalooza


The first day of the PR weekend was awesome. We boarded a bus by 9am which took us all around Sydney’s fabric shops. The fabric choice was amazing, I had the most fabulous time. Now a few pictures I snapped with my cellphone.

The standard knits

This is a huge place full of all sorts of knit fabrics, you name it – they have it

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After this we went to the Remnant warehouse. I have no pictures of this lovely place because I was too busy shopping. I even won a voucher which I promptly spent.

Metro fabrics

The place is full of bra making, corset making, dance wear and active wear fabric. Good selection of cotton too. I have never seen so many types of spiral boning. I never knew there WERE so many types of spiral boning!

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Button store!

Oh the humanity. This is all I can say.

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NSW leather

Leather everywhere. Stamped leather, metallic, embossed, patterned, full hides, small bits, leather bags….

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The fabric store

The twin of Global fabrics in Wellington, NZ. Nice tasteful choice of fabric – refined and elegant

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Designer fabric, expensive. Some gorgeous bridal and evening wear material. Eye watering prices ( Silk satin is $194 AUS per metre ). We had some champagne there!

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It was a fantastic day. I will be back to those shops for more!

How to calculate amount of fabric required to sew a garment


Here is a little something that might help you to buy fabric

Approximate calculation for fabrics 150 cm wide.
For fabrics 110 cm wide allow for 2 finished lengths + 2 sleeve lengths.

Sizes 12-16

Sizes 18-24

 

Calculations are approximate, maximum amount of fabric that should be needed based on general clothing sizes. Take in account height and weight, and measure carefully to make sure you are purchasing enough fabric for your project.
If your garment has additional details such as patch pockets, pleats, complex collars and other design details, or you wish to use fabric with one way design, nap, checks or stripes, please allow extra 30 – 40 cm. Please note that fabrics containing natural fibres do shrink if washed. Please pre-wash such fabrics and allow for shrinkage when purchasing.