Saturday, 8 June 2013

Aarrr, treasure me hearties!

So what is the result of 3 weeks in the US??  A booty of fabric!  I thought I would share my hoard with you all.

First of all, here it is in its entirety:


Yep, it fills the dining table.  Clearly I have a lot of work ahead of me...but I do have plans for all of it, long term plans admittedly, but plans nonetheless. I didn't just buy everything I saw that felt nice, believe it or not I was actually restrained!

This is the haul bought at The Loft in LA at US$2.50/lb.  It includes 5 yards of grey ponte, 3 yards of strip knit, 5 yards of wool blend black bottom weight and some light cream coloured georgette.  I believe this place is hit and miss, obviously I scored a hit with a purchase of 9lb of fabric!


Next up is my favourite piece bought, a gorgeous Ralph Lauren wool coating houndtooth bought at Mood in LA. I will definitely be doing a muslin before cutting into this, it is waaay too special.


But wait, it's not all fabric, I also bought some yarn at Bliss Yarns in Nashville.


and a book:


I also had a couple of great finds at an antique mall, two fab patterns, and a lot of vintage buttons!!


I love the great finds you have when travelling, so much nicer than your typical souvenir. Only problem is I have been away three times this year, so my stash is totally out of control!  But don't worry I have already made a start so look out for some finished items soon.  I am working on some winter items as the chill has really set in now.

Be back soon with some newly made stash busting items :)


  1. These pictures would make a great travel brochure for any avid sewer - obviously you had a great trip around USA! Who needs snow domes or silver spoons for souvenirs when you can have all of this...

  2. so say I'm speechless is an understatement... must follow your example!

  3. What perfect treasures to bring home with you.. Look forward to seeing what your sewing.

  4. Wow, I'm jealous. Some gorgeous fabric, and I love those patterns.

  5. Nice. Great haul!!! I'm blown away at the depth of colour in that midnight blue yarn though - stunning!

  6. It looks looks like you needed an extra suitcase to haul those finds back! I'm looking forward to seeing what you create!

  7. Isn't it a shame we have to have bag weight restrictions. Imagine how much more you could bring home!! But this lot looks great and will keep you busy for quite a while.

  8. Wow, what a great haul! I'm glad you found some lovelies to bring home with you!

  9. Looks like you've got some fabric for all seasons though, great shopping!

  10. Ooh I really love that McCall's pattern you found- very pretty! These useful/ useable souvenirs are the best! Not just because they are actually useful, but also because you get to re-live your holiday when you're sewing with them, and then again when you're wearing them :)