On a very rainy Bank Holiday Monday, I ventured out to find fabric. I was looking for a couple of reasons: firstly I wanted to add to my fabric stash (which is still in its infancy) for various quilting/sewing/applique projects that I have on the go; and secondly (and far more importantly) I’m taking part in the “Dress a girl around the world” campaign, that’s being coordinated through @sewscrumptious. The aim is to make a dress for a little girl in the developing world out of a pillow case. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a spare pillow case but still wanted to take part so I needed to buy some fabric for the dress.
Through my quilting contacts, I’ve been given some recommendations of places to explore. Bombay Stores in Bradford had been suggested at my last sewing class. I hadn’t visited in 15 years and was unsure of what to expect. The parking was quite tight. A gentleman who was visiting the mosque next door very kindly let me abandon my car behind his. However, I think that I visited at an exceptionally busy time.
The shop itself is a department store, and I was directed to the fabric section. I can only explain it as an Aladdin’s cave. I’ve never seen such a large selection of quilting fabrics before, ranging from plain cottons to American imports. I had to show serious restraint from buying excessively! There is also a large selection of dressmaking fabrics to choose from. Regrettably no photography is allowed in the store. However, I did bring home a selection of fat quarters for quilting. They were £2.99 each or three for £6.00. I also bought some pretty flowery fabric for the “Dress a girl around the world” project. Well worth a journey out, and I will definitely be visiting again.
By the way, if you can sew, please consider taking part in the above project. It’s such a fantastic cause.