Haul Report: Grandmother’s sale 2016

not-wool fabrics (upholstery, silk, sari, etc) from the 2016 Grandmother's Fabric sale

not-wool fabrics (upholstery, silk, sari, etc) from the 2016 Grandmother’s Fabric sale

Ok.. I promised that I’d share my “haul” from the Grandmother’s Fabric Sale on April 15, 2016. (The sale also ran on Saturday the 16th, but I had a bunch of things to do on Saturday, so I didn’t attend that day.)

I arrived about 2:30, with the doors opening at 3:00 p.m. and already the line up was nearly to the end of the block. Before the line started to move it was already around the corner! Crazy! As we left, the line was just as long… so many people arriving after 4:00 p.m. though when we left for good around 5:30 there thankfully was no longer a line up so people were pretty much going right in. Of course… getting in later means that the BEST stuff is gone, right? ūüėČ

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Cowl-back dress

I made this dress a while ago (quite a while ago!) but never got around to getting a photo of it until now!  I had been feeling like I wanted some new everyday clothing, so it felt really good to whip something fast and simple up.

 

While killing a little time on Pinterest, I really liked this dress:

So I pulled out my drafting paper, drafted up a pattern, and then whipped it up in some black rib knit that I bought  from Fabrics.com.

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Fabric (and yarn!) shopping in Finland & Iceland

Fabric from EuroKangas in Finland

Fabric from EuroKangas in Finland

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’d be a bit delayed in some of my costume posts, because some Real Life‚ĄĘ¬†had come up – well that Real Life – was some wonderful travel! For much of the month of November I was in Finland and Iceland (again! My second visits to both countries) and that means for nearly a month I wasn’t sewing or writing at all…

But I did shop for fabric!

Finland

My first stop in Finland was in Turku, a beautiful city that I loved during my first visit to Finland on the west coast. I stopped in EuroKangas, the large fabric store chain, which is located at the top floor of a department store. There I bought:

Fabric from EuroKangas in Finland

Fabric from EuroKangas in Finland

Approximately 2 meters¬†of rich dark red pvc – this is going to be an amazing purse/bag I think… This was sold by weight rather than yardage, at the side of the store. (Top row, far right)

5 meters¬†of creamy-silver-grey silk (taffeta weight, no slubs at all – it’s super smooth) – I have this in mind for a Tudor/late-period gown. 100% silk, “Silk Assortment” 19,90 Euro/meter (pretty good) (Top row of the photo, far left)

5 meters¬†of yellowy-green silk (taffeta weight, very few slubs) – this is so not my normal colour, but there was something about it I really liked – perhaps the price! I bought enough for a simple late-period kirtle/dress, though I also think I might try dying it, since it’s a light enough colour that I think it will overdye well. 100% silk, “Sanderson – homecoll” 9,90 Euro/meter (wow!) (Top row of the photo, second from left)

3 meters¬†of olive green silk knit. I bought some of this knit in a grey colourway last time I was in Finland, and although I haven’t actually made it up into anything yet, absolutely love the fabric. I think this will be a loose pullover top. 100% silk, “Moda Jersey” – 27Euro/meter (ouch!) (Top row of the photo, second from right)

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Jerseylicious – Fabric from Helsinki

In an earlier post “Helsinki Fabric Shopping” I mentioned the fabrics I had picked up while travelling in Finland this summer.

I thought I’d add a few photos of the fabrics themselves.

While I was in Finland, I noticed a few fashion trends:

  • Backless blouses (or nearly backless, or just tops with generously opened backs) always worn over slim-fitting tank tops or camisoles.
  • Light, bright colours (of course, it was summertime, so that’s not so unusual)
  • Brightly coloured shoes (including many brightly coloured sneakers rather than the usual expected neutrals)
  • Simple prints, typically geometric or bold florals in bright colours
  • Sheer tops, both lace and plain materials, often worn over slim-fitting opaque tops, but also often worn simply over pretty bras.

I thought it would be interesting to pick up things that related to the trends I saw, though I’ll adjust some of them when I make them up to better fit my own sense of style and what will flatter me.

Yellow knit from Eurokangas

Yellow knit from Eurokangas

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Grandmothers’ Fabric Sale

I’ve mentioned the Ujamaa Grandmas Fabric Sale (to benefit the Stephen Lewis Foundation) a few times before (see links at the bottom of this post), and on April 20, 2013 I went again. ¬†This time around, the sale was MUCH busier than I’ve ever seen it before. ¬†Although I got there about 45 minutes before the doors were set to open, I was about twice as far from the front as I have been in the past when I got there only 30 minutes early.

I would have posted sooner, but the sale is over anyways…. and I have had so many other things to write about!

Lining up to get in

Lining up to get in

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