I have fabric shopping down to a fine art. The key is to arrive knowing exactly what you want. Otherwise, the beautiful fabrics and notions can have you browsing for hours and spending all your pennies on handsome buttons and lace rather than the fabric you actually need... (something i've fallen prey to more times than i'd care to admit)
Other than the occasional inner tears when I can't find the fabric I need, I really enjoy visiting fabric stores. The staff are always really friendly and love talking to me about the latest period drama on television, which is kind of funny as I don't even have a television but usually end up rushing home and downloading all their recommendations. This is how I discovered Downton Abbey!
I love how Oliver manages to make something that seems so mundane to me look so beautiful, I can't tell you how many times i've hurried past walls of embroidery thread and not so much as glanced their way.
Lastly I wanted to say a big thank you to Ale of Rosaspina Vintage, in her latest post she models one of the custom dresses I made for Audrey Grace Boutique and looks absolutely lovely. Seeing ladies in my dresses makes my heart sing.
Photographs by Mont Clare