A few months ago, I started doing a bit of research online about where to buy fabric in London. A number of the sewing blogs I follow are sewers from London, and I also fell in love with the TV series: The Great British Sewing Bee. It’s on the BBC so I didn’t get to watch it live, but I found it on Youtube, so I watched it there. I actually got quite attached to a number of the contestants, and I am eagerly awaiting the American version, which they have started to cast for. Anyway, I discovered that Goldhawk Road, near Shepherd’s Bush (which is the tube station right next to the mall we frequent), is apparently one of the places to go for fabric. It is lined with several fabric shops, along with a couple of haberdashery shops. Of course, as soon as I read about it, I was dying to go. I told John about it a couple months ago, and being the amazing husband that he is, he figured out exactly how to get there, and promised to take me.
It was actually really easy to get to. We took the number 237 bus two stops from Shephard’s Bush and at the fabric shops of Goldhawk Road. It was actually very cool, and to be honest a bit overwhelming. The first shop we went into, I just stared and touched fabrics. Everything was so beautiful. In the next shop, I bought my first piece of fabric, and then it became really fun. John was so patient, and even helped me pick out a bunch of great pieces.
I was really hoping to find some amazing deals, and while I did get a couple of fabrics fairly cheaply, it wasn’t much cheaper than buying from Fabricland at home. I do think that the fabrics are much nicer and of better quality though, but the proof will be in the pudding when I start sewing with them. They was definitely a way better selection than at home though. That’s for sure.
Here are the spoils from the first trip, yup that’s right, we ended up going back for second time.
There are a lot of shops, and we didn’t quite get through them all the first time.
This shop (above) ended up being one of my favourites. I got some nice jersey (t-shirt material) and several pieces of Liberty cotton at a way better price than buying them at Liberty. So all in all, I was very happy with both our trips to Goldhawk Road, and I can’t wait to get sewing!