Just One More Stop at the Fabric Store

You all must really be wondering if I’m sewing at all anymore. I am, but I can’t show you… yet. All I can do is give you a tease of what’s to come.

photo teaser

Isn’t that beautiful fabric? I’m going to make you wait to find out what I do with it, but I won’t make you wait very long. Just wait until Monday, April 4th and I’ll tell you more.

So, I have one more adventure to share with you from my recent trip to Ontario. I stopped at Fabricland. In fact, I stopped at Fabricland… a few times. I told my hubby I had to go. I kept remembering all the sewists on a forum I follow who had found wonderful printed Cotton Spandex at their Fabricland stores in Ontario. There was none at my store, so I had check while I was there. I found a store close to my sister’s home. Let’s call this Store One. You’ll understand why shortly.

I scored some wonderful Cotton Spandex at Store One, which I showed you in my last post. Then I saw another store as we drove to my Mum’s. We’ll call this Store Two. I did go in, but there was nothing new there. In fact their sales were different. In Store One, the Cotton Spandex was 50% off, in Store Two it was only 25% off.  Store Two was a different division, I was told. However, there was a new sale starting in a few days, so a few days later I went back to Store Two.

My hubby dropped me off and in I went. Right away I could see the Cotton Spandex was not on sale. I had a few minutes before my hubby came in so decided to look around. Just look what I found:

black lace with gold flowers

black lace with red flowers

black lace 1

I couldn’t believe my find! I also couldn’t believe the price. It was $4.95/meter. Well, forget Cotton Spandex. I was buying lace!

I had just had a big shop at Bra Makers Supply, so I knew I had to be a little more careful with my spending – my Christmas money wasn’t going to last forever. I only planned to buy those three laces. I was really pleased to find them and with their price. Just imagine my delight when I got to the cashier and found out they were on sale by half again! I only paid $2.50/meter for the laces!

My hubby had come into the store by then, and was still helping me keep to our schedule. I really wasn’t in Ontario to shop. Once we were in the car though, I told him I needed to go back to Store One and see if they had laces too. His reaction was typical of a non-obsessed, non-stash-building, non-bra-maker. ‘What? You were just there!’

Then I explained the savings we’d have. This lace is what I need for bra-making. It’s a great saving. It’s only on sale for a limited time. I persuaded him it was a good thing for me to go back to Store One again.

Store One had only one little bolt of lace, but I bought a meter of it.

brown lace

Now my truely obsessive bra-making nature came out. I had to go back to Store Two and had to buy more of the laces. My hubby was done. He was not going back to Store Two for a third time. So this time, after a family visit, my niece and I went back while the sale was on. All these laces were $2.50/meter. Talk about a score.

black lace 2

black lace 3

black lace clovers

purple lace with pink

purple lace with silver

white lace with peach shimmer full

white lace

Once I was back home, a friend wanted to make some panties. Off to the fabric store we went and what do you think I saw? Thankfully, it wasn’t lace! There were bolts of Cotton Spandex though. I’m still very happy with all those trips to Fabricland One and Two.

Happy creating!

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11 thoughts on “Just One More Stop at the Fabric Store

  1. What a fantastic find! I will be heading to an Ontario Fabricland in a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed that I will be equally as fortunate as you were 🙂

    Just out of curiosity, when you are buying lace for your stash (ie, without a specific pattern in mind), how much do you buy?

    1. I was at the Oshawa store, if that helps at all. I hope you do find some at the store you’ll be at! It really was a great find. 😀 I usually buy a meter of the lace, unless I really love it; then I’ll buy 2 or 3. For all these I bought a meter each, except the black and gold. That was just too pretty. Two of that one.

  2. What a fantastic shopping spree! So much beautiful lace. Can’t wait to see what you make.

    1. I had so much fun! I really do just want to sew, but there are other things demanding my time. Thankfully, I have a great stash now for when I do want to sew. 😀

  3. I’m impressed you found such interesting lace at a Fabricland store. I don’t know if you got to spend much time exploring the rest of the Ottawa St. fabric district in Hamilton after BMS, but the 2nd floor of the Fabricland down the street is always fun to dig through for bargains. A lot of the stores are home decor only, but European Textiles, Peter’s Textiles and Discount Fabric Mart all have extensive selections of apparel fabrics, including some eye-popping laces and silks!

    1. Catherine, I saw that Fabricland, but didn’t have time to stop. I really could have spent a lot more time in stores, but my trip was to see family. I was thrilled with the laces I found. Way to go, Fabricland!

        1. Oh, I’d love another trip and lots of time. My trip to Bra Makers Supply was a bit rushed, and I’d love to spend more time there too. Now having heard about how great that Fabricland is, I definitely would want to take the time there. And of course family…

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