Living in a small city like Adelaide has its advantages but we don't normally have many choices for shopping. For those who love making their own clothes, scarves, bags or even homeware like cushion cover, we all know the colours, the patterns & the materials used will make a big difference. When you spend so much time in making something from scratch, it is worth getting the right fabric, the fabric that you love and speak to you. I know of people in Adelaide having to order fabrics from interstate suppliers or even go on an interstate shopping trip just to be able to feel and see what they buy.
Homemakers, fashion students, designers & craft lovers in Adelaide now has a new place to source their fabrics and inspirations. The Fabric Store on 1/145 Franklin Street in the city is a real treat for them. As soon as I step into the store, it feels like a kid just walking into a lolly shop. The colours and the patterns are something I haven't seen.
If you can't find anything, ask the very helpful staff. They know their stock.
A staff came up to us and explained the store concept. I finally realised why these fabrics are so different. The Fabric Store which just opened in March focuses on stocking the designer collection deadstock. They are out-of-season fabrics and no longer for sale by the designer to the general public, yet they are still gorgeous and one of a kind. It is also an environmental and sustainable solution to the problem "Oops, we've made too much".
The Fabric Store also stocks the highly sought fabrics like merino and linen. These materials will stand the test of time and definitely worth your time to turn them into timeless pieces. I immediately noticed that the top that the staff was wearing was handmade. Yes, she said it's made from the merino fabric that the store stocked. Now, I know not only the staff are very knowledgeable about their stock but also how to turn them into beautiful clothing. Surely they can give you some sewing tips.
The DKNY fabric that cost me $10 a metre. What a bargain.
I stumbled upon the store on the sale day and bought a piece of fabric that I fell in love with. When I paid, the staff told me that it's DKNY collection. There's "DKNY" all over the fabric that I didn't notice. Well, I just paid $10 a metre because it's half-priced due to the sale. I couldn't believe it! Even if it is full price for $20 a metre, it's still a very good price for a piece of New York Designer fabric. It's made of silk and lyocell. No wonder it feels so nice and soft on my hand. Time to make a top with this gorgeous fabric. What will I find next time? Will it be something of fashion houses from Paris or Milan?