London is a wonderful place for fabric shopping. I brought an extra duffle carryon bag just to haul home my fabrics. It is important to go with a plan and a budget — I went a little over on this London fabric haul — don’t tell anyone! Yikes!
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YouTube London Fabric Shopping Video
To see all the goodies draped, go to the YouTube video. They are gorgeous!
Liberty London Cotton Lawn
Love this floral from Liberty, Jungle Trip Tana Lawn Cotton. It is $37/meter and for a long, flowy dress you would need 3+ meters. You can find other Liberty Cotton Lawn prints on Minerva at a lower price point to ease the budget a bit.
I’m going to make this up with Simplicity 9702. I’ve already made it up once in the full length version. This time I’m going to make version B with the sleeves from version A. I just adore the boho summer style.
The Class: Simplicity 9702 Sew Along coming soon.
Misan Fabric Shop
You will find lots of lovely fabrics in the Mison Fabric Shop. The online store is slightly different from the brick and mortar storefronts so matching up the fabrics I bought was a challenge. I did find some great alternatives at Minerva and will share those below. You can get a similar look that is more budget friendly.
Stunning, Right? This is going to be a long overblouse. I’m using the Silhouette 600 Classic Blouse. I’ve made this pattern a number of times and it’s already fitted for my shape. All I need to do is extend the length of the overblouse so it will be long over long.
Minerva offers a Textured Cotton Linen that comes in over 30 colors. You will surely find one a color perfect for your wardrobe.
The Class: If you are wondering how to make your favorite blouse pattern longer, I’ve got you covered. Go to How To Hack A Top Pattern Into Your Favorite Dress — It’s the same principle for extending a blouse pattern.
The green knit I purchased from Misan has a beautiful stretch and recovery (just a bit of elastane). It is a fairly heavy weight fabric which will help it transition through the seasons. I’m going to make the sleeveless version, full length with McCall’s 7092 (out of print). I like the double V neckline detail. The long, straight skirt is a little difficult to pull off since I’m short, so I’m going to add a side slit just to I don’t look like I’m wrapped in a green blanket!
Minerva’s Brushed Ponte Roma would be perfect for a semi structured knit dress. It comes in 36 different colors — Wow!
This project is a little bit of a challenge. I love the fit and look of Simplicity 8377 so that will be my base. I’m going to make the short version with 3/4 sleeves. I’m also going to run a band around the bottom to make the tie detail like McCall’s 6559 (out of print).
The Cotton Waffle Fabric from Minerva is perfect for this project. You want color choices, there are 49 different options.
The Class: There will definitely be a sew along for this one. I’m not even sure how this is going to work. LOL!
I was looking for a pattern that didn’t have a lot of seaming. It would be a shame to disrupt the gorgeous concentric spirograph circles. I settled for an out of print Butterick Lisette pattern. I’ve made this pattern before and love the ease. It has one little gather in the center front that acts as a dart giving some bust dimension.
As you can imagine, I didn’t find any similar fabric anywhere. It’s fancy without being too pretentious.
I Love A Great Fabric Store
Online fabric shopping is the way to go when you can’t get out and be there in person. I have assembled a great selection of my favorite online fabric stores to help you get started adding to your sewing stash.
That’s A Wrap
I’ve added a photo of my black silk dress from my daughter’s wedding. The sew along for this pattern is Vogue 9253 Renumbered to Vogue 1735 — yes, I know it’s weird.
I hope you get a chance to visit Liberty London and Misan Fabrics in person someday and buy fabric galore. Let me know what you bought – tag me on Instagram @Sewing_With_Sandi. Another great fabric shopping, garment district spot in London is Goldhawk Road. I didn’t make it there this trip, maybe for my next London Fabric Haul!
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