Thursday, July 22, 2010

Fantastic Fabric Shopping with a Friend!

Today Beth and I met up again, headed south to Royal Oak to drool all over Haberman's, have lunch, and then dig through the bargains at the Fabric Warehouse in Warren.  It was so. much. fun!!! (I forgot my camera, but she remembered hers.  Check her blog for a great pic of us in our "new dresses"!)

Haberman's is having a sale now, so most of the floor is marked down.  Cottons, silks, jerseys... not the $99/yd Valentino wool/cashmere we petted, but most everything else was reasonably priced.  Here are my favorites picks...

My plan for this cotton print is a dress like this one that Michelle Obama wore.  If anyone knows the best pattern for this, let me know! (ETA: Simplicity 2473 or Butterick 5350? They are both already in my pattern stash! Woo hoo!)
This Tahari 100% silk chiffon was my first find, and is my favorite.  So feminine (but so sheer!) I'm thinking a tunic/blouse to wear over a cami...
I kept getting a vintage vibe from this silk blend floral.  I already have this Retro Butterick pattern, so I think I'm heading in that direction!
Beth and I both took some of this silky print home.  Definitely a dress, maybe my own version of Beth's See & Sew that she wore today.
First of all, it is so much more fun to fabric shop with someone else.  Preferable someone female, over the age of 7, and a fellow seamstress!  We found ourselves fighting over admiring the same fabrics, so don't be surprised to see us stitching up the same stuff soon!  I also like shopping with someone who hands me their valuable discount punchcard as we walk out the door, too.  Since she won't likely be back in the area for a long time, she passed the savings on to me.  Love her!

We stopped for lunch around the corner (where the waiter complimented our "summery dresses"), then headed a few miles east to Warren where we'd heard there are great bargains to be had at the Fabric Warehouse.  No kidding, nothing over $7.98/yd.  Lots of home dec stuff to weed through, but we found some nice shirtings ($5/yd) and linings ($4/yd).  There were some trims (Beth picked up a couple of those), and a huge bucket of buttons ($1/bag).  A little warm in there today, but I'd definitely go back again when in the mood to dig for treasure.  I can't show you the shirtings I bought, they are already in the wash!!!

All in all, it was a really, really fun day.  Beth, thank you for joining me, it was so much fun to talk vintage machines and fondle fabrics with you.  I'm pretty sure we didn't destroy the racks at Haberman's too badly, and it was nice to chat with Peggy while she cut through our pile and kept our sales papers straight!  Now you know you can trust me to pick you up a few yards of something drool-worthy!

11 comments:

Rebecca said...

Great fabric finds! I especially like the black and white floral print for the Michelle O. dress. Hope you can find a pattern for it. Maybe a Frankenpattern :)

Marybeth said...

LOVE all of your fabric! For that dress, check out Butterick 5478...

gwensews said...

What fun! I love Habermans. There is an ASG meeting there once a month, during fall/winter/spring. I'd love to join that group. It's an active and fun group, and hey--what could be better than being in Habermans? Glad you had a good day.

Lori said...

What a fun day, you are so lucky to have all those fabric shops around.

BeeBee said...

I had a blast today! Thank you for going with me. It was a lot of fun.

Bunny said...

Great fabrics! I know you will do each one justice. That silk chiffon is lovely. Sure wish a Haberman's was near here!

Patty said...

It's fun to 'dig' through the fabric rolls at Fabric Warehouse! You never know what you might find. But a visit to Haberman's is the best, the quality there is phenomenal.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

It sounds like you two had a marvelous time and I LOVE the fabrics you bought!

meredithp said...

Sounds like great fun. For the MO black and white dress, Butterick 5333 was mentioned way back. It's the one I put on *my* wish list to duplicate that great look.

http://butterick.mccall.com/b5333-products-9446.php?page_id=154&search_control=display&list=search

Can't wait to see what you end up with.

Michelle said...

Wow, those fabrics are gorgeous!! But I think I like the first one the best. Just beautiful!

amber said...

How fun! You got some great pieces, too.