Saturday, March 26, 2011

Fabric Shopping in Leeds

My wonderful day starts with a pain au chocolat and a cappuccino at the train station. It seems it can't get any better, but it does.

Beeline from the train station to the Kirkgate market: I have been dreaming about this moment for days! This is Ali Baba's cave!

We spent almost three hours in there. Poor Mr. All Style and All Substance... The shop attendant told me "He's very patient."
- "Yes, I am a lucky woman!"

I ended up spending a very reasonable £50 for two bags full, including five meters of pure wool (which, in retrospect, may have been a little excessive). I spent over £100 in London for a similar stock-up this fall, which is incredibly expensive when I convert this into Canadian dollars. Leeds market is the way to go, my friends. Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks so, because we met a London designer who had come all the way to Leeds to buy several rolls for her line.

The happiest woman in the world:

Here are some of my purchases:

A type of crêpe for a blouse

Linen for a Beignet skirt. (I love the fabric, but I do regret going for the grey. I'm afraid it will be difficult to integrate in my warm-hued wardrobe. Note to self: stick to black or brown next time.)

Wool for a Rooibos dress from Colette patterns.

And cottons for facings and crafts

And finally, for the pièce de résistance, lobster madness! I bought it because the price was right (i.e., low) and it reminded me of a skirt I saw in the Horrockses exhibit this fall at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. I was thinking of making a kooky summer dress or skirt, but I now think it would be difficult to pull off without looking like a seafood-restaurant.


  1. I love that Lobster print I was trying to find some for an elsa sciaperelli style dress. The Horruckses exhibition was fab!

  2. Wow, I've got serious fabric envy. I say go for it with the lobster skirt! x

  3. "Mr. All Style and All Substance" - I need to incorporate that into my LinkedIn profile somehow.

  4. The show was so wonderful. You're right you two, I should be bold and go for the lobster skirt!

  5. Please make something with the lobster fabric. It's fabulous!

  6. Hi Adrienne! I just discovered your blog and have to tell you I am now a follower. I love your creations and style - you are very inspiring! Sam xox


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