Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fabric-a-brac - April 2014

I always love attending fabric-a-brac and today was no exception. The last week or so in Wellington has been pretty wet and miserable, but that's no reason not to hang out with your friends and buy fabric.
I volunteered in the cafe like last time - making cups of tea and helping out. There was some amazing food donated to sell, look at these cupcakes, they have glitter and everything!
After a couple of hours in the cafe, I stopped for a cup of tea and some cake in the cafe with Ria and the Wellington Sewing Blogger Network girls. I should have taken more photos of this - but I forgot. I did take photos of my cake and tea though.
Here's a few more photos of the event - I like the bunting, everything is better when there is bunting involved.

Here are my purchases for the day, the first will seem like the least interesting, but its actually what I set out to buy today. It's some black wool to make myself a winter cape. It's pretty much perfect for what I wanted and only $5 for a metre and some off cuts. 
Soon as I saw this cheesy New Zealand themed fabric I knew I couldn't leave it behind! It's kind of like a tourism postcard from the 1950s in fabric form. Rich and I have a trip booked to Singapore/Malaysia/Indonesia in June/July - hopefully I can turn this into a dress before then.
Next up is some very sweet floral cotton, its another fabric I thought would be useful to make a dress or possibly even a maxi skirt for our trip. Mostly I just thought it was very cute.
The photo totally does not do this fabric justice - GOLD LUREX! $2 FOR TWO METRES! As soon as I showed this to Kat she said "wow that is so you!" and it totally is - sparkles forever. I'm going to see if I can make a wrap dress from this fabric. Gold Lurex is totally office appropriate right?
Look! I bought something for some selfless sewing! One of my best friends LOVES Winnie-the-Pooh and now apron making is kind of my thing, I thought I'd buy this so I could make her a Winne-the-Pooh apron.
I thought this fabric was just too good to leave behind - its sharks, with sunglasses, being awesome. I think this one is destined to become some kind of top at this stage, but who knows what may happen.
I almost wasn't going to buy this fabric - but then, $15 for 3 metres of beautiful quilting cotton? Quilting cotton is usually about $15 for 1 metre in the stores. Also I love the print a whole lot - stars!
Usually at fabric-a-brac I find one "I just have to have it because its awesome" fabric - this time it was this peacock fabric. I just love it! I think its some kind of rayon or viscose. I think I want to make some kind of skirt with it to showcase that amazing pattern.
I think tomorrow I may start on that cape! Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend xoxo


Vintage Bird Girl said...

Well done on the fabric finds. I am rather smitten with that touristy fabric. You could whip up something for Princess Kate or baby George while they're over there. Xx

Vix said...

I'd love to go there! What incredible finds! Love the peacock fabric, the crazy sharks and of course, the highly appropriate gold lurex! xxx

JuanitaTortilla said...

Great scores. I am eager to see the finished lurex one, because I agree with it being a wrap dress :)

I thought it wasn't too long ago that I read your blog post about helping at the cafe for this event. Time flies.

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Edible glitter, kitsch ski-map fabric and peacocks! I'm foaming at the mouth with desire Trees and I must put my two cents forward to beg you to make the ski-map frock for Malaysia! I'm very much looking forward to the black cape and oh my that pic of your tea and cake has me melting! Big hugs to you my dear. xoxoxoxoox

Krista said...

What a fun afternoon and what a great cause, I'm just know getting how wonderful people are who work in hospice are. I love that peacock fabric and can't wait to see what you make but my fav are the little stars, so sweet and I'm universe obsessed at the moment:)

Curtise said...

You found some wonderful fabrics, Trees, loving the peacocks, lurex, and the kitsch NZ print. Now get sewing, you've got a cape, several dresses and a top or two to make! xxx

alicia said...

i will never tire of the work fabricabrac. ever. <3