My harvest

Yes yes yes Stoffenspektakel time again and this time I had room in my fabric area that desperately needed filling up.

Not the last few time I went an early morning start made that I had time to look around and get out before it got busy. Or make a day out of it with sewing buddies. Not so this time.  M. could not make it due to work commitments and really she had not make a big enough dent in her stash to warrant a visit. My sewing teacher did not want to go. So I decided then it was just me myself and I.

SO had a day off too (this was Friday) as he was helping his parents with an errand. I with the first train after 9.00, which allows me to travel with a discount. It is not far so I was there by 9.45. I was not the first. Lots of people, lots of rolling suitcases, rolling shopping bags and as time went on lots of prams used to hide children under a pile of fabric.

By 10.30 it was massively busy. I was talking to one of the ladies on the stand (one I always buy from) and she said that every time it is organised it is gets more busy. They’d even brought in an extra person this time.

I had a list but it was hard to find everything. Not because of lack of choice, but more because it was hard to get to the different stands! In the end I bought 10 different fabrics (on average 2m each) and twin needles, universal needles and some thread.

my fabric haulfrom top, going clockwise:

  • 2 m denim, as I need new jeans,
  • lavender pink tricot that wants to be a simple shirt 2 m
  • striped cotton on purple (South American inspired) wants to be a skirt 2 m
  • three tricot jersey fabrics, cheapish stuff  for shorts that can be worn under skirts 1 m each
  • multi coloured arty stretch cotton. Wants to be a top of some sort 2 m.
  • purple floral piece 2 m was bought as lining for a black jacket, but is trying to change my mind.
  • blue/green swirly viscose 3.5 m a summer dress, to be worn with slipdress as it is see through and I do not want to line it.
  • white cotton/linnen with checked square pieces and embroidery. jumped into my hands by accident. 3.5 m and really would like to be a button-up dress.

There was so much more there, but by then I really had had enough. Not of the fabrics (never enough of that) but having to wait, trying to get around the prams that stop right in front of you. *sigh* it was massively busy! I went home.


As I arrived SO was still with his parents and I collapsed. I love my fabrics but I did not get everything I wanted, but you know at least I have some more sewing to do and I can shop a bit more in a few weeks when there is a local fabric market. The rest of the day was spent pouring over the Burda website.

Not that much sewing this weekend as I have an injured finger (hand sewing and needle interaction  gone bad) as well as just wanting to be outside. Spring is soooo much in the air.

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About Gilraen

My blog is simply about my life. I moved countries for the first time in 1993. I lived in the Netherlands, UK and NZ. The initial idea was to keep my overseas friends up-to-date with what was going on in my life. The blog, like me, is always changing and evolving.
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4 Responses to My harvest

  1. Jennifer says:

    It’s hard to shop for fabric anywhere and with all of that commotion around – it must be awfully hard! Great choices and I can’t wait to see the result!

    • Gilraen says:

      Shopping like that was hard. It meant I did not get some choices as they were at the other end of the stal and I just could not be bothered to fight my way in again.

      You know what? I am so curious as to what the dresses will become. At this stage I have no idea 🙂

  2. Pingback: Left over fabrics | Gilraensblog

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