My fabric choices from Birmingham rag market

My fabric choices from Birmingham rag market

On Saturday I got to join with around 100 other sewists as we overran Birmingham’s celebrated rag markets and local fabric stores! The meet up was arranged by Charlie from the english girl at home, and was a great opportunity to meet with lots of like minded individuals all keen to grab a bargain or two. We started off in the lovely Edwardian Tea Rooms at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. I didn’t know anyone going so was feeling a little nervous as I walked in to be greeted by a sea of smiling faces. I mean LOADS of people – I didn’t expect there to be so many! I soon got chatting and before long we thronged out of the tea rooms and made our way through town to the rag market.


Edwardian Tea Rooms

I have only made it to the rag market once before (crazy eh?!) and managed to pick up some real bargains so I was hopeful that I would have the same luck this time. I made the slightly dubious decision to not take a list. I love lists. I love ticking things off, it feels so… satisfying! I think I was trying to be spontaneous or something. Next time I’ll take a list! I am pleased with what I have got though – its just changed my sewing plans for the next few weeks. So, what’s in the stash I hear you ask. Good question.

Blue floral silky fabric which Im thinking perfect for Orla

Blue floral silky fabric which I’m thinking is perfect for the Tilly and the Buttons Orla top

This was my first purchase and it really was a spontaneous one! Something about the colours called out to me and it’s wonderfully soft and silky. It was only £1 a metre and I have no idea what it’s composition is, but guessing a polyester. I have had my eye on the new Tilly and the Buttons pattern, the Orla top and I think this would be ideal for it! In fact I think it is the purchase I am most pleased with. So maybe spontaneity does work…

Polyester crepe destined to become a shift dress like the lovely Laurel here

Polyester crepe most likely destined to become a shift dress like the lovely Laurel here

I also picked up this brown and black crepe again for £1 a metre. It was the geometric print that spoke to me here rather than the colour. I love that it has a border print and I think it will become a tunic top or shift dress like the Colette Laurel. Not 100% sure that the colour is gonna work on me though… but at £1 a meter it would be rude not to.

My other 2 purchases were jersey. I love the colour of both of them and they are a t-shirt weight with a moderate amount of stretch which I have yet to decide what I want to do with. I spotted a men’s t-shirt pattern in the Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with fabric book so maybe Mr B will finally get something handmade for his wardrobe… I’ve also recently discovered Deer and Doe patterns (which I have completely fallen in love with) and noted that they have a free download for the plantain t-shirt, so I suspect that one of these will end up as this.

jersey fabric plantain

And that’s it. My haul for the day coming in at under £15. Not too bad really! After the joy of the market we moved the fun to Guthrie and Ghani in Moseley. I managed to snap up a gorgeous Liberty goodie bag on arrival although I was one of the lucky ones as these soon ran out. The spacious studio was rammed full of people!

The studio full of people!

The studio full of people!

As I live literally down the road I decided not to buy any of the gorgeous fabrics that were calling to me from the shop. I can always pop in another time… and it is my birthday this month! To finish off the day Charlie had arranged a raffle with the proceeds going to the made up initiative. The prizes were First was an overlocker, followed by a dress form, then fabric and sewing supplies and books and magazines… the list goes on! I wasn’t a lucky winner but it was great to hear yelps of joy from all over the room as numbers got called! After the raffle I had to leave as my children were in need of their mum – but a fabric and pattern swap was planned for everyone else and I’m sure it was a fun end to what was a exhaustingly fab day. Thank you so much for organising it all Charlie, a job well done. Here’s to next year?

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