Saturday, 10 September 2011

.Bargain fabric...I couldn't resist!.

I'm the first to admit that I'm a fabric snob...I'm all about good quality and style.  I haven't bought fabric from Spotlight in a long time.  In fact, I only try and visit the shop a couple of times a year and stock up on thread, zippers, buttons and other bits and pieces that I need.  This time I needed bits and pieces but also wanted to check out the Denyse Schmidt fabric exclusive to Spotty.

We are still on school holidays here, so we packed up a picnic, piled into the car and drove off to Spotlight with the promise that after we had finished we would find a nice grassy park to have a play and some lunch.

So I got all of my needed bits and pieces but when we got to the cutting table I discovered a huge $2m clearance table and I just couldn't resist!  I made myself look for the best quality and only made purchases with projects IN MIND...and i'm going to actually use it!  The kids were INSANE.  Spotlight for them = running races and hiding spots and crazy antics.  The man who was serving me at the desk asked them about 50 times to stop climbing on the shelf, don't stand on the fabric, get out of that hole...all the while I smiled sweetly at him and them.  Isn't it nice when someone else does your parenting for you!  Seriously man, if you are going to have a massive $2m table piled high with fabric then get cutting and ignore the naughty children!
So, back to the purchases...these pinwhale cords are going to be some lovely summer skirts and shorts for the kids - I like the fact that these are going to be super cheap to make so won't matter if they get them stained in the first wear!  I bought HEAPS of navy blue - it's the kids school pants colour so I figure I can get good use out of it over the next few years!

 Couldn't resist some checks and ginghams...
I found a big roll of hounstooth!  LOVE it and can't wait to make myself a pencil skirt out of it!  Also a jungle print jersey knit (not the best quality but good for a simple baby wrap) and some dress up fabric for Lil - ballerina and mermaid here we come!
And lastly, the measly amount of Denyse Schmidt that I went for!  I spent more on these three pieces than everything else above combined!!!  It is a lovely collection, but I couldn't see myself doing much with the country-style prints.  The spots are great though and the check is going to be really cool for shorts for the boys!  
Looks like I've got some sewing to do!

12 comments:

Crafty Mama said...

Fantastic haul!

My kids go nuts in Spotlight too.
Coveting that houndstooth :)

Little Gumnut said...

wow, that is some serious fabric spending. How amazing it was so cheap! Must find out where that $2 clearance counter is in my local! Loving all the projects you have in mind!

Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

so jealous!

Jackie @ Fred-and-Cissy said...

Makes me want to go out to Spotlight myself, except that I don't have anywhere left to put more material! I'm glad that I'm not the only one with kids that go AWOL in fabric stores - not sure what it is but my Kinderboy always ends up either hiding under the counter or amongst the stands and I end up losing him.

Karen said...

My daughter thinks the "fabric shop" is so much fun... on a recent trip while "looking after" the number card she shoved right down the middle of a bolt quilting fabric and we had to unwrap the whole thing to find the number... I was rather embarrassed...

Nell said...

What is it about kids and Spotlight? It is like it totally overstimulates them or something. Mine are usually well behaved when we go out but a trip to Spotlight brings out their gremlin side!
Happy sewing! I picked up Big Sprout and Little Sprout from my local patchwork shop this week - now to just find the time to sew...

Stephanie said...

I love spotlight but always try to go without the kids if I can. The staff just don't seem to get how fun it is for kids, me on the other hand I totally get and love running around all that fabric lol
I managed to get $90 of fabric for $17 on Friday - too happy!

Melissa said...

I agree with you on Denyse's spots v gingham. I am a fabric snob too, but have enjoyed buying some of Denyse's range at Spotlight plus the gorgeous Japanese lawns they have in stock right now.

Little Munchkins said...

I try not to go SL with my kids. Having said that, they are now old enough not to drive me crazy in there. I still try to get in and out quickly.

Love those fabrics you got. I adore corduroy and I have a huge stash of them!

Leonie said...

Great haul! When my youngest, (now over 6ft tall) was about five, he pulled the wadding out of one of those big mounted rolls and made himself a little bed. The security guy had no sense of humour.

Anonymous said...

I think Spotlight is traumatic for everyone with small children.

Green Mama said...

Wow didn't that guy just earn his $13 an hour...

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