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Friday, 10 February 2017

Goldhawk Road Fabric

A trip to London wouldn't be complete without venturing west to the Goldhawk Road - the mecca of fabric shopping. Each time I visit the Goldhawk Road I fall in love with it a little more. There's always a treasure or two to be found, and you can bet your bottom dollar I'm gonna find it.

I've written about the Goldhawk Road before, so I won't go into too much detail again - all you need to know is that it's a long stretch of road next to Shephards Bush Market with fabric shop next to fabric shop along both sides of the street. The only new bit of exciting news I have about the Goldhawk Road is my new favouite eatery that's located on the market side of the road, down the far end near the pub. Killer Tomato.



Oh. My. Days. Killer Tomato is an unassuming place from the outside, but inside is relaxed and cool, offering up the tastiest Mexican food around. Mid fabric-shopping-frenzy fire can be calmed by the deliciousness of the Pork and Crackling burrito with fries and a zesty imported beer on the side, Ta. It was honestly delicious. And they're super friendly to boot. They even had a space for us to place our million shopping bags full of fabric without it getting in the way. If you are going to the Goldhawk Road anytime soon - this place is a must.

Now, down to business - the fabric. This is my fourth trip to the Goldhawk Road I think, and it's interesting to see how my taste in fabric has evolved. I always used to go for brightly printed cottons and not much else. Now I really think about what I'm going to use a fabric for before I buy it. Maybe that's just my age. With age comes wisdom as they say.

Here's a little round up of what I purchased. I can't remember each shops names (they're all pretty similar!) but my favourite shops are Fabric World and Classic Textiles. Both are very helpful and full of gems.





1. Denim from from Classic Textiles - 3m. Had in mind for a Merchant and Mills Ellis & Hattie
2. Luciously Soft denim from Fabric World - 1.5m. To use for my pleated front/woven hack Hudson pants
3. Black and white brushed stretch cotton from Classic Textiles. I want to use this to make *another* pair of pleated front/woven hudsons like this pair here. The fabric is very similar is weight and stretch to what I used for the original pair.
4.Black and white viscose - 3m. Had in mind the Alix Dress by By Hand London or the Cinema Dress by Leisl & Co
5. Striped Italian Linen from Frabric World- 2m. The most expensive fabric I purchased at £10 a metre, but it is really lovely and has some stretch to it too. The man in the shop told me it was 3% spandex and an import from Italy so was top quality. It's a fine stripe which doesn't show up too well on the picture. I think it would make a gorgeous Union Dress by Merchant and Mills.
6.Blue and White stripe linen from Classic Textiles - 2m. I think this would make a great summer version of the Factory Dress by Merchant and Mills and the stripe would give it a school-dress vibe which I think will look cool!
7.Peach and gold crinkle jersey from Classic Textiles - 1m. I'm going to use this to make a fancy Jane Tee by Seamwork. Something I can dress up a pair of trousers with.

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