Just because I have tried to refrain from purchasing brand new, off the bolt, fabric in a small effort to reduce the amount of stuff on earth, doesn’t mean there is no new-to-me fabric joining my stash. Friday was a boon day. My friend Kathy (of organza tea-bag fame) has a sister who is a fabric rep (or something like that), and she occasionally sends boxes of her no-longer-useful samples to Kathy, who brings them to our quilt group meetings for us all to paw over. I took home a small pile of decidedly un-Kristin fabrics with hand bags and a baby quilt in mind.
Friday was also the annual (or maybe semi-annual) sale at the Betty Barclay headquarters. I think that the fabric, buttons, zippers, etc which are on sale are the leftovers from the previous season’s samples. Maybe they are even factory leftovers, but I imagine that the bulk of the clothes are made in an overseas location. Either way, I figure that since these items are leftovers, they are OK for me to buy. So, I dragged the kids to the warehouse where we could cut fabric ourselves and the pay by the kilo. Zippers were .50€ each and buttons were 10 for .50€!
Here’s the bag we took home (with baby doll for scale):
We started with yards and yards of tulle because it weighs next to nothing. Then Zavi found some lining fabric destined to become a ninja costume. I cut a yard or two of black corduroy and some tweedy looking wool blend. Then we scrounged on the floor and in the remnant bin for other interesting bits that no one else wanted (recycling the recycled stuff — yeah!). However, I passed on the generous two yard, 60″wide swath of red wool blend reminiscent of Jackie O because it didn’t weigh next to nothing. I wasn’t thrilled with the zippers, so we only took four, but I think we ended up with 70 buttons (for a total cost of 3.50€ who wouldn’t?)!
One of the ladies counting buttons thought that the kids were cute, so she gave them each two iron-on patches for free. At the weigh-in, we had 3.5 kilos, (at 9€ per kilo) plus the zippers and buttons and tax. The whole shebang cost 45€, and considering fabric over here cost 15€ per meter and up, I’m VERY pleased with our purchase. After the weigh-in the guy manning the scale and printing out our invoice stepped away for a minute. He came back with the Jackie O fabric and handed it to Katja (at no cost). I think I need to take the kids shopping with me more often! Now I need to find an appropriate pattern to make a red outfit for the Divine Miss K. Maybe something from here. (the Muriel jumper? or maybe the green jacket from Sabine’s blog?)
I’m pretty sure these fabrics are destined to become crêche figures:
Not a bad day.