Monday, 28 April 2014

Fabric shopping in Kiev and update on fabric stash

When we went to Kiev, I naturally couldn't resist visiting the fabric and haberdashery shops. Unfortunately, I had forgotten my mobile at home and couldn't take any photos from the shops. The shops displayed their cut fabrics on the walls, and only one of the shops displayed the actual bolts. The shops in Kiev have the most amazing haberdashery I have seen so far. So many amazing trims (you had to look through books and choose the one you want), buttons in every collar and different types of zippers.

I restricted myself to 4 fabrics (one more than I am actually allowed according to my stash diet rules, ups).

1. Some really soft stretch denim. Who was I, to resist this amazing polka dot denim? I just had to have it. I bought 1 meter and plan to make a skirt from it. Do you have any skirt pattern suggestions for stretch cotton? I initially thought I could make the Colette Beignet, but am worried that because of the stretch it will be too loose.



2. Patterned wool jersey. I spotted this fabric immediately, because it is purple and it has flowers woven (knitted?) into it. It appears a bit old-fashioned, but I think with a thin cream jersey as an lining the flowers will pop and it will make a nice winter dress. I don't have a specific pattern in mind yet, but I am eyeballing the new Moneta dress from Colette patterns.



3. White flower lace cotton. There was some confusion when I bought the fabric, because initially I wanted to have a similar lace cotton with smaller flowers. I wanted two meters to make a summer dress, but there were only 1.3 meters left. Thus the sales person recommended to buy the fabric I got, because it was from their new range - indicating that there should be more. But it turned out they only had 1.5 meters. Maybe something got lost in translation :) I don't speak Russian and relied on Leschas translation. But hopefully it will be enough for a nice floaty summer dress.



4. Hot red corduroy. I was looking for a baby-ribbed corduroy for ages in Goldhawk Road, but couldn't find what I wanted. And then I saw this fabric in Kiev and knew it was what I wanted. Again, they had only 1.5 meters left, but that should just be enough for the Colette Parfait I am planning to make out of it!



I also got some buttons and trims in the haberdashery shops. And why should it be different, I bought the last of the white buttons and the denim trim. I love trims and for some reason haven't used them in a while. But now you can look forward to seeing them soon on one of the summer dresses.



I also found some buttons in an old allotment that belongs to Lescha's family. I was really happy that I could take them (and they might have been happy that the buttons were gone). These buttons were probably cut off old clothes to be thrown away. I don't know how old they are, but I like the idea to wear a piece of history :)

That's were I found the buttons. A good scrub and they will be as good as new.

Back home I organised my fabric stash - to make space for the new arrivals. I have to admit that at the beginning of March I went twice to Goldhawk Road with some lovely blogging friends and naturally couldn't resist buying fabric. However, I stayed true to my stash diet pledge and didn't buy any poplins or quilting cottons.

Contrary, I bought 3 chiffons - a fabric that I haven't sewn with yet and the thought of cutting and sewing it scares me like crazy. But I just couldn't resist: butterflies and birds - my most favorite motives. Actually, Kelly, Claire and I bought 1 meter each of the white and blue bird silk chiffon. Let's see what we all come up with!



I also got some linen with pink flowers on it and some white and gold-striped jersey. Finally, I bough a great rose jersey (not shown), which I wanted to make a slip from (Gerties slip). But as I don't have all the little ingredients for it yet, half of the fabric has already been turned into a jumper from the Burda magazine (as soon as I manage to take photos, you will see it). The blue cotton lawn I got as a Birthday present :)



So my stash in total:
old: 26
in: 9
out: 8
new: 27

Anybody else struggling with keeping to the stash diet rules???

13 comments:

  1. Very nice purchases! My favorite is the butterfly chiffon :-) And yes, I am definitely struggling to keep my Stash Diet pledge - and not always succeeding!

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    1. I am glad, I am not the only one struggling ;)

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  2. Good haul! I love the white lace and stretch denim. Have you come with ideas for the birds? I've got a couple but still unsure!

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    1. I am planning to make the Colette Taffy blouse. I bought the bias tape on the weekend, but will make a muslin first because you said the sleeves are massive. It will be my first time sewing with such a fine fabric, so I prefer an easy project :)

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  3. Good purchases! I love the spotty denim - I don't blame you for not being able to resist! Would the Grainline Moss work for that maybe? I like the sound of your idea for the wool jersey too, should be really pretty. And the white lace cotton looks very similar to the material of a dress that I bought in a charity shop that doesn't fit me and I've been meaning to cut up and repurpose for ages - I must get round to doing that soon!

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    1. Thanks for your suggestion Ruth! I had a look and really like the skirt pattern. A few people even made it up in spotty fabric :) I am looking forward to your dress alteration - maybe this will give me an idea as well what to make from the lace cotton.

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  4. Sooo many lovely fabrics! I love the chiffons and the polkadot denim! And one more in than out is totally acceptable ;)

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  5. beautiful fabrics! You seem to gravitate towards the solid colors :) Very classic looking. I agree, holding to the fabric diet is a challenge.

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    1. Yes I try to sew more with solid colors, as I have so many patterned fabrics, but nothing I can combine them with. But I love patterns!

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  6. Oh, those bird and butterfly chiffons look beautiful! And polka-dot denim! :D

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    1. I can't wait to start using theses chiffons! Just have to decide on a nice pattern first! And get over my fear!

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