A couple of weeks ago the Tall Boy went on a cricket tour to Arundel in the south of England. We didn’t have to go with him as the whole team went together on a coach. But the hubby and I went to to watch, took our bikes and golf clubs and expected to make the most of the warmer southern weather that we’d heard about.
Unfortunately the only good days weather wise were the day we arrived and the day we left. So we played no golf, rode zero miles, and only saw 1 hour of cricket.
We did however stumble across 3 different fabric shops in 3 different towns!
First up, and totally by chance – Sarah Louise Designs in Arundel
The hubby still doesn’t believe me that I didn’t plan the visit to this shop!
How cute is this chicken tea cosy!?
I just love this gold spotty cotton! I didn’t buy it but I’m still in 2 minds and might have to buy a couple of metres online as it’s a bit of a trek!
Every corner of the shop had something which caught my eye
The only purchase I made was this yarn, I’ve started making a scarf. I’m thinking it’s going to be the start of my Christmas pressies but I bet I end up keeping it!
On one of the cricket/golf/bike-less days we headed into Horsham. We didn’t really know what to expect and again I didn’t google fabric shops – honest! But I found one – C & H Fabrics. At first I thought it was just a curtain fabric shop until I spotted the stair case leading to the dressmaking fabric dept. I ran up the stairs, and wasn’t disappointed.
Totally out of character I didn’t take one photo. Not one!! I wish I’d have taken a pic of the remnant table – it was FAB!! Big and small pieces. A lovely assistance called Jan was really helpful and didn’t bat an eyelid when I messed up the neat piles.
Here’s what I bought:
I metre of this quite thick, soft and stable jersey.
And 3 metres of this for another Vogue 9082 and maybe the jacket for my nieces wedding.
On our last day we headed into Brighton on our way home. It was warm and sunny – not sure why the sky looks so grey.
It wasn’t by chance we stumbled upon Ditto Fabrics. In fact it took some finding – only because we were looking in the wrong place!
Ditto is an Aladdin’s Cave! And if you have the patience to rummage amongst the vast rolls of fabric (which for us sewists is a pretty painless task!) you will be rewarded!
I found this stunning stripy organza and went in search of some fabric that could go underneath it as it’s see through.
Upstairs I went and found the same fabric in a different colour way. This was the one!! I’d been looking for something special to wear to my niece’s wedding in September. I thought I’d found ‘the one’ in Horsham )the pink above) but this was now ‘the one’!
And I found this linen with a really unusual sheen which looked fabulous with it.
And 2m of this stretch cotton: (you may recognise this if you follow me on IG)
And 1 metre of this horsey fabric for my work buddy Martin – not sure what I’ll yet, probably a peg bag for a change!
And then today I took the Tall Boy and his pals to Scarborough today to a new water park which opened in June. Corinne, a fellow Spoolette from Appleby Makes, lives in Scarborough so we met for a cuppa and a little bit of shopping!
I was quite restrained and only bought a zip, and a metre of each of the 2 fabric below from the Sewing Centre. If you’re into cotton and quilting it’s the place to be.
I was only on the look out for an outfit for the wedding and came away with a lot more on my impromptu fabric hunting trips. It’s a bit like going to the shops just for a loaf of bread and coming out with 3 bags full of groceries! Oops!