I was unable to attend the Yorkshires Spoolettes sewing blogger meet up organised by Ali of Thimberlina in Dewsbury a few weeks ago.
However with Dewsbury being only one junction up the motor way, I was keen to find out what the fuss was all about.
Well let me tell you. After years of slating good old Wakefield for its lack of dressmaking fabric shops I no longer need to take that trip over the Peninnes to Minerva Crafts or Abakhan. I have something much, much better(cheaper) on my doorstep a mere 10 minutes away. Something I never even knew existed.
Mum, who was staying for the weekend, and I hit the streets.
First, Fabworks. OMG!!!!!
Seeing is indeed believing. You can not imagine. I could have bought half the shop and gone back for the rest the following weekend. Fabworks is a mill shop, buying anything that they think will be of interest to their customers. So you’ll find a choice as vast as you’ll find anywhere and I’ve not even touched on the furnishing fabric.
Walls and walls of fabric generally at around £5 or £6 a metre for a cotton, cotton print, jersey, viscose. Although you’ll pay more for luxury pieces.
Look at this selection of scuba!
This smaller unpromising exterior hid a further wealth of fabrics at around £3-£5/m!!!!!
Just look at the printed jerseys!
There were some really unusual pieces here. The lovely owner told us how she often selects the fabric straight off the printer. And when it’s gone, it’s gone.
After purchasing further fabric she then told us where to find her cheaper(!!!!!) stall on the market where I picked up remnants for skirt and a skirt lining for £1/m!!!!
I’ll show you what I’ve bought when it all passes through the washing machine and ironing basket. Out of the 10(!!!!!!!!!) pieces of fabric I’ve bought I’ve only one which screams at me ‘WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH ME?!!!!!!!’
Unfortunately, but perhaps understandably, neither of these shops has an online service, so you’ll have to make the trip yourself.
Fabworks is open daily 9 – 4pm and on Saturdays 9 – 2pm
Lucky Fashions is only open Wednesdays and Saturdays to match Dewsbury’s market days.
So thank you to Ali of Thimberlina
We had a great morning. I just need to ban myself from going again for a couple of months!
Love, Lucie xx