Street Style Wales

Knitting, stitching, thrifting, crocheting

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Crafting ideas: Where to buy fabric

Any newbie crafters out there might be surprised when they find out that the price of fabric from department stores can often be quite pricey. I know I once was. But there are cheaper ways to source your fabric, so for anyone looking for a bargain, here’s my pick of the best places to buy fabric.

1. Number one: Jumble sales/vintage fairs

I’ve often found a great bargain at one of these fairs and, if you look hard enough, so will you. The key is not to go to a fair specifically to buy fabric, but when going along anyway, have a look and you might just be surprised. They may not be a great length, but these kinds of fabrics (offcuts, usually) will do for making homemade bunting and to jazz up existing clothes. Once I even managed to pick up enough fabric offcuts to make a skirt.

The offcuts of a fabric I once found at a vintage fair

2. Number two: Charity shops

Fabric from charity shops isn’t usually dressed up as fabric, so here’s where you can get creative. Any charity shop will do, as most of them sell some ok-ish stuff in the forms of old curtains, bedsheets and pillowcases. Don’t look at them like curtains, sheets or pillowcases, but as potential fabric. For example, an old curtain will make an ideal winter skirt or dress (the extra weight will keep you warm in winter), a sheet gives you enough fabric to make a summer dress and a pillowcase can easily make an A-line skirt.

Incidentally, charity shops are also an ideal place to pick up extras, such as buttons, either on their own (just ask if you don’t see any), or on old, affordable granny cardigans and the like. Seriously, ¬£1.49 for a cardi with some amazing buttons is a bargain!

3. Number three: Ebay

This was where I first ventured when looking for cheaper fabrics and I still manage to find some great bargains now. When I first discovered Cath Kidston and Laura Ashley fabrics, for example, I scoured Ebay for them and found some older stuff for a lot less than in the shops. Ebay shops offer the best selection and one of my absolute¬†favourites (and one I’ve been using for years) is this one. One thing to remember is that if you’re planning on using a lot of fabric, then it might be worthwhile buying a roll. Although it can be expensive, in the long run it actually works out a lot cheaper per metre and you can get some great quality fabric if you look in the right places. For example, I once bought a roll of old Liberty fabric for a steal!

A roll of Liberty fabric I once bought on Ebay

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Some inspiration for your weekend

Photo courtesy of Sewing Daisies on Flickr

The thing about street style is that it can be so varied. In my previous blog, I could spend hours trawling through various websites for fashion inspiration, but now that I’m usually working on this instead, I find that the time to look for inspiration is far less frequent than it used to be.

However, fashion blogs have always been a great source of inspiration to me and today I have gone back to my ways of old, searching the realms of the blogging world to bring you, my readers, fashion inspiration.

So, here are a few of the inspirational people I have found lately, all who are also amazing crafters, quite unlike my disastrous knitting attempt last week, more of which I’ll show you in the next post!

A long-time favourite blogger of mine is Wayward Daughter. Cait’s talent is a constant source of inspiration and her clothes make me drool with envy. Her photography is quite perfect too. Marking out a career as a designer, her clothes can be found here.

Gem Fatale was introduced to me via a friend. Every week, she creates her Tuesday tips, which are usually little things, such as painting stripes on your nails or sewing accessories without the use of needles. The great thing about Gem is that she takes the easy option to make things, which is perfect for the less ambitious of us. Here’s one of my personal favourites.

And finally there’s Rosie. Rosie makes delicate ornaments to wear on your fingers or around your neck. These rings and necklaces are exquisite and are everything the more girly of us could want. Her shop can be found here.

Each of these girls are very different, but no matter what your style is, you can be sure to want at least one of these items for Christmas. I know I do.