warning: If you’re starved for fabrics different from U.S. chain stores, lock up all your plastic NOW!
Decided to put some efforts into my resolution to try some of those yummy indie patterns everyone over at The Monthly Stitch has been sewing up… and twigged that The Fabric Store, a New Zealand-based fabric store now has a location in Los Angeles. As in this country. And they’re doing phone orders… so. . . . .
Above are two piccies they sent when I asked about cotton knits. Want to do a few more of the Butterick 5432, view B (yellow dress), with maybe a Colette Macaron-as-tee-shirt.
Jane, the super-nice woman I talked with at great length, asked if I’d considered lyocell. That’s a rayon fabric ~ and you know how I love rayon ~ I was up for it. Presto! Lyocell added to the cotton knits.
Then, as Summer’s getting into high gear here, I asked about linens. Scroll down the linked page to linens. I ordered the first one, top left – the orangey floral. Maybe Colette’s Juniper pants will get tried out. A bit late for that Monthly Stitch challenge, but better late than never.
I asked about their New Zealand merino wools. Swatches coming from those, too. Yep, wools are in the store even though it’s Summer. Plus, the store’s getting their winter wools in soon.
(I am so bad – just saw some luscious pomegranate wool on their blog. Scroll down to see this gloriously relaxed sweater project by one of their staff people. The fabric looks so yummy. Wonder if. . . )
How would I describe my shopping experience? Absolutely top notch. Jane spent beau-coup time, discussing colours and fabrics, making & sending shots of her suggestions, and dealing with my additions. She was very helpful, patient, and really knows her stock. As there’s a flat fee for shipping ($20), I decided to combine several things on my Summer & Autumn lists (thus those additions), which I’m hoping will redeem me somewhat amongst frugal readers. They have a Preferred Shopper card, in $50 increments; a full card (forgot to ask that amount) nets you $50 in fabric.
- They’re too far away for me to visit.
- Their shipping service isn’t fully developed because the store’s so new.
- There are faaar too many fabrics for me to try to choose from!
other bloggers’ posts
- Tanya Maile Hughes also reports that when San Francisco fabric store Britex first started their web orders, they used the same sort of shipping. Hang in there, everyone, and keep those orders coming!
- miss crayola creepyl
- scavenger hunt
I’m awaiting my own little Christmas in July package. Come on, Santa ~ get a moooove on . . . .