In an earlier post I shared a few photos from my visit to Atex Designer Fabrics in Vancouver, BC. I mentioned that it was right across the street from Dressew – a regular destination for me pretty much every time I visit Vancouver. Today I’ll share a few photos from Dressew which I visited when I was in the city in late September 2017.
You might recognise the name… I’ve blogged about Dressew before too – there’s a reason I love it!
I was specifically looking for a few things at Dressew:
- Nice wool suiting in herringbone twill or even better diamond/lozenge twill – preferably in blues or reds. I want these for my Viking Age costumes.
- Nice, fine, high-quality linen in tabby, herringbone twill, or twill weaves – again preferably in blues or reds for my Viking Age costumes, blues or oranges for my Ottoman costumes, or teals or rusts for my Italian Renaissance costumes.
- Fun, interesting, and unique knitwear for leggings and dresses for mundane, everyday clothing.
- Tabby, herringbone twill, or twill woven silks for trim on my Viking age costumes.
- Silk taffeta, especially colour-change (shot) silks in bright blues, pinks, or oranges for my Ottoman costume wardrobe.
- Silk taffeta in a beautiful copper/bronze for my Italian Renaissance costume wardrobe.
- Pleated fabrics for a possible Egyptian costume.
Unfortunately, Dressew didn’t have ANY of the wools I had in mind – there were very few suitings, fewer still wool suitings, and none of the wool suiting they had was red. There wasn’t even any red wool blend suiting. 😦
Their linens were a bit of a disappointment too – there wasn’t much selection, and the prices weren’t any better than what I can order online (minus shipping mind you…) if I’d seen something stunning I might have bought anyways – but there really wasn’t anything that was jumping out at me. The photo above shows a few different linens they had – $11.99 for 100% linen (a lightweight linen they had in a number of bright, summery colours) and $19.99 for a 54% linen/44% viscose/2% spandex blend which felt great for mundane clothing, but I really dislike working with viscose, and wasn’t shopping for mundane sewing fabrics anyways!
Likewise, I was sad that there really wasn’t anything in the knitwear that jumped out at me. I was looking for embossed, foiled, or other neat finishes for leggings… but there really wasn’t anything. I did look at some of their dancewear fabrics, but all of the things that caught my eye… I already have – purchased (for the same price I think) from Marshall’s in Edmonton.
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In silk heaven last Friday in #dressew in #Vancouver. There were so many different types of silk… but I couldn't find the weaves I wanted in the colours I wanted (with one exception). The prices are pretty good too. 🙂 . 🎨🖤👗🖤🎨 #yvrFashion #yvrstyle #sewing #DIY #fashion #fabric #fabricShopping #silk #videoClip #video #costumeMaking #costume #cosplay #yvrCostumers
On the silks… I DID find a lot of lovely things… though unfortunately they really didn’t have much in the colourways that I was looking for. I picked up a plum (labeled as Rasin) silk taffeta for $19.99/meter, which is cheaper than what I normally would pay for it here in Calgary. The colour isn’t something that is in my planned costume wardrobe… but I know I’ll use it for something wonderful!
Finally I did find some of the pleated fabric I had in mind for an upcoming Egyptian costume. I didn’t want any of the micro-pleat knit I’ve seen used elsewhere, and really I’m not super interested in using synthetics… but I found some great fabric to at least test out my pattern with – before I move onto the shibori pleated linen fabric I intend to use for my final version.
The pleated fabric I found is sheer, and I bought it in teal and orange. It’s 60% tencel, and 40% nylon (not an ideal content for sure) but at only $5.99/meter, it’s a good start to make a workable toile.
While I was there, I also looked at their fancy fabrics, and of course had to spend some time playing with the mermaid-sequined fabric. These are sequins with one colour on one side of the plastic sequin, and a different colour on the other. They’re sewn so that they will “flip over” when you brush them with your hand, creating a colour-changing look.
Dressew had the best selection of colours of this fabric that I’ve seen so far… but I’m torn – I love it…but I still can’t think of what I’d want to MAKE with it…. so despite the love, it stayed on the shelf.
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I can't walk past a wall of color changing mermaid sequin fabric without playing with it! This is in #Dressew in #Vancouver, though I did not actually buy any #mermaid sequin fabric while I was there. As much as I love it, I still can't think of what I want to make with it… When I have seen it before there was only a few colors but Dressew had loads! What would you make with this fabric? Could you keep from playing with it? . 👗👕🖤👕👗 #mermaids #sequin #mermaidSequin #fabric #yvrFashion #yvrstyle #sewing #DIY #fashion #yvrCostumers #costumeMaking #costume #cosplay #videoClip #video
I also went downstairs and looked at their trims and notions. I didn’t buy any trims this time around (most of the things that I liked are far too modern-looking for any of my planned costumes) but I did grab a bunch of notions and things for upcoming projects and to add to my general sewing stash.