Sewing My Life Together

A Taste of Fabric

This has been a busy week for me with meetings after school, work to do at night, and an evening meeting. What does that mean for sewing? It means nothing happened at all!

So on Wednesday after my after-school meeting I stopped by my local discount fabric store. It’s called “Sew-Low” and it is on Cambridge Street in Cambridge. There stock is hit or miss; mostly what I wanted was four yards of muslin. The woman at the register said that they were out of muslin, and pointed me in the direction of the solid cottons instead.  And what did I find there? A bolt of muslin…I wanted four yards, but the last half-yard was filled with tears and splits in the fabric, so I got three and a half yards. Then  I wandered around just looking for bargains.

And I got some! Three years of a cotton print that will contrast nicely with a red print I already own….and I might make a couple of bags for gifts out of these (photos will come later!). Then, I don’t know what this fabric is called, but it is filmy and you can see through it. (At this store, often the fabrics are remnants and there are no labels on them). So I bought a yard for green and a yard of blue.  I like to print on their fabrics and then use the prints on the cards I make.

Red/off-white color print, light green and blue fabric, and underneath it all, the three and a half yards of muslin.

Red/off-white color print, light green and blue fabric, and underneath it all, the three and a half yards of muslin.

So I had a good time finding some pretty fabrics….and since this was the evening of the Powerball Jackpot, the woman at the cash register teased each other that we each were going to win the lottery…and said if we did win, we’d return to the store to celebrate.

I was reminded about how, when I was a kid, this was the ONLY fabric store I could shop in. Either this one or another remnant store down in Chinatown in Boston. Why? I didn’t even know there were full price fabric stores in the world.  Since we also never shopped in full-price clothing stores, it seemed just normal to shop at the less-expensive or sale fabric stores. When I was making my sister’s bridesmaid dresses in 1977, the only place I shopped for fabric was Sew-Low.  That was it. Filene’s Basement for clothes, Sew-Low for fabric.

And I bought all those yards of fabric in the photo above for guess how much?  Eight and a half years for $21.00. Not too shabby, right?

This entry was published on December 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm and is filed under Crafts, Ideas, Interests, Patterns. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “A Taste of Fabric

  1. Shirley on said:

    I enjoyed discovering yet another layer of your history in this city I love so much 🙂

  2. Another fabric store to add to my list.

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