20 February 2011

Walthamstow Fabric-Shopping-Blogger-Meet-Up Frenzy!



Yesterday morning I traversed the entire length of the Victoria tube line to make the pilgrimage to Walthamstow for the fabric shopping blogger meet up organised by Karen of Did You Make That? fame. Twelve keen seamstresses from London, Kent, even as far as Bath, made the journey, undeterred by the grizzly weather, so strong was the pull of rock bottom prices!


The market did not disappoint. If anything, it sent me into a brief panic at how exciting it was. Everything was basically either £1 or £2/metre, unless it was real wool (supposedly end-of-the-line Hobbs), in which case it was £5/metre.


Karen did a marvellous job of organising the event. Oh yes, it really was an event! The day began with a speech outlining the itinerary, before we were issued with hand-drawn maps and branded badges. She'd even pre-arranged discounts with some of the vendors! I love that lady :)


It was great to meet some other bloggers too - a lovely bunch of people. The outing ended with fish and chips in the pub (because that's what British people do) and, of course, a debrief and nosey about each other's purchases. There were quite a few purchase overlaps so we'll be comparing notes on potential projects. This is what I bought...


Chocolate brown, silky-light fabric of some kind, plus some vintage-looking buttons - a Sencha button-back dress, perhaps...


Some kind of cotton blend with a nice drape, for a tea dress or maybe the Swing dress...


A soft poly wool blend for my first proper attempt at trousers (more on that in a later post!), plus some red buttons for something or other...


Not quite sure what this fabric is - maybe a stretch cotton sateen? Whatever it is, it'll make a lovely cheongsam (I love The Sew Convert's).

All in all, a lovely day and a pretty good haul!

33 comments:

  1. Hey Tilly. I am so jealous, what a fantastic day you had, and with such lovely company. I am very much looking forward to seeing what you create with those beautiful fabrics. Sam xox

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  2. What a fantastic haul, It looks like we all should have been there at those prices :) I can't wait to see what you make as well. :)

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  3. Wow, what an amazing day!! Adorable badges too! I love all the fabric, can't wait to see what you make out of it!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  4. If I'd known, I would have flown from Australia to join you.. well maybe not ;) but Im jealous of your fabric outing to the 'Stow!

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  5. Gorgeous fabric finds Tilly, I especially adore your top two!

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  6. Hee, hee - something's always a blend of something on Walthamstow market. I loved seeing what fabrics other people chose. It really makes you think outside the box on your own fabric choices. Thanks for coming along, Tilly - and particular thanks for the advance research trip on where the heck we were going to eat! (That part of the plan badly fell down.) It was so nice to meet your mum, too. Great photos, as ever!

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  7. Next time I'll make the trip down from Scotland!!! Wow...those prices are AMAZING!! Looks like a great time and that Karen organised a lovely outing!!

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  8. I've just clicked the link - you would look GORGEOUS in a cheongsam.

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  9. Next time I'm in London, I know where I'll be going. :)
    And I love the green fabric with white flowers.

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  10. Wow,what a fab day! (and efficiently organised by the sound of it!)
    Hopefully there'll be another and I can take part..I'm only 45 mins from London. In fact, being an Essex girl, am on the right side of London for Walthamstow.
    Lovin the polk and the wool fabric. Nicepair of Oxford bags springs to mind...!
    Pxxx

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  11. I loved "a brief panic" - I feel that exact way in fabric stores too. I absolutely adore all of the fabrics you chose. The green print is especially stunning.

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  12. So Walthamstow market's worth going to? I've been looking for new places to get fabric since Berwick street was so expensive!

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  13. Seems like you had a fantastic day Tilly! And I cannot wait to see what you will do with your lovely findings.

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  14. Hi Tilly,
    It was so lovely to meet you in the midst of all of this temptation & sewing chatter! I am really looking forward to seeing what you make with your purchases & agree a Cheong Sam would be a very chic make that I could imagine you styling (love the fabric choice) By the way your dazzlingly red Beignet looks fab under Walthamstow skies - so cute & cheerful. Just about to cut my undazzling one out (with yesterday's purchase of royal purple lining :-) ) Bye for now
    S.B.

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  15. What prices!! My last trip to London was before I could sew...I kick myself thinking of all the fabric stores I could've visited! So fun that you ladies had a meet up :)

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  16. Hi Tilly!

    It was great to meet you yesterday. Your skirt was absolutely lovely and your little bow belt was gorgeous! Good luck with the Cheongsam, I know it will look lovely on you.

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  17. What aa lovely day and what great fabrics you purchased. Looking forward to your future projects!

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  18. That last black/floral fabric is really lovely, so wish I'd bought some now! Once again, it was great to meet you Tilly, can't wait to see all your new makes :)

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  19. what a fab thing to do!!! looks like you had a brill time!
    can't believe how cheap the fabric was you've picked up some lovely pieces. and fish and chips to top it off you can't beat it lol!

    fashbrickroad.blogspot.com/

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  20. Hey, I just wanted to say it was lovely to meet you and I love the fabric you chose. I can't wait to see what everyone is going to make with their fabric.
    Katherine

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  21. Wow- i'd never realised walthamstow was so cheep- i need to get myself down there!

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  22. Oh, to be in lovely old England for this fabulous meet-up! Sometimes it's a wee bit lonely being a Canadian blogger (LOL!). What a fabulous day, Tilly! What marvellous purchases!

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  23. this looks like my perfect day! How much fun?! x

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  24. God I'm so jelous, what a super day..and so well organised! Can't wait to see the creations out of your haul!

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  25. This looks really fun!! Great fabric patterns too.

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  26. I'm quite jealous of you right now - not just over the fabric but also the fish and chips!!

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  27. hi Tilly - it was lovely to finally meet you in person, having read your blog for such an age! Can't wait to see what you do with your purchases! x

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  28. I love the photo with all the fabric laid out on the pub table, it's great :)

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  29. I'm jealous! It looks like a fab day out. I'm covering the fashion, embroidery & Stitch & Sewing For Pleasure Shows soon and I'm really excited to see all the new patterns and fabrics.

    Abi
    www.angeleden.blogspot.com

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  30. your fabrics are so pretty and the price unbelievable :)

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  31. Hi Tilly, It was lovely to meet you on Saturday :) Your green fabric is so lovely - you'll look fab in it (can't wait to see what you make from everything!). Your Mum was fun too - she seemed almost as excited as the rest of us when we got out all our fabrics to share in the pub!

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  32. I'd sooo love to go to a market like that - bit too far from Northumberland tho'

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