Uh oh… just what I needed! I wandered into Dressew in downtown Vancouver (which is already full of excellent cheap deals) to find they have a half price sale. I’d been dressing people up all morning (volunteering for Dress for Success, which is worthy of its own post someday too) so I had clothes and sewing on the brain. (When don’t I have sewing on the brain?)
Anyways.. I’ve been meaning to write about Dressew for a while now. I’ve been there three times since I started volunteering downtown and I have a few sneaky-pics to share. They’re big on rules there – no food or drink, full metres only – so I was being as secret as possible taking photos.
If you live in the Vancouver area and sew (or knit, or craft, or like a good deal) you’ve probably already been to, or at least heard about Dressew.
It’s right in downtown Vancouver, in the not-so-nice area of town. For the longest time, it was cash-only, I have memories of running up 3-4 blocks to the nearest (also not-so-nice) ATM to grab cash for my goodies. Finally, they accept debit cards! Still no credit cards but that’s probably a good thing…
Just LOOK at all the zippers! They’re sorted by length and colour in 1″ increments, and this aisle runs the length of the store. If you’re looking for a hard-to-find zipper, this is your place. Separating, closed-end, invisible, whatever floats your boat – it’s probably here.
There’s a surprisingly large selection of sequin appliques, too.
I bought these ones – won’t they be cute on a silk dress or blouse? Maybe on something strappy, I’ll attach the little bows where the straps join the bodice? (I realize they look huge in this photo but they’re only about 3″ across.)
A rainbow selection of serger threads – no excuse for using white or black on everything! (I’ve added grey, taupe and red to my serger thread pool but I’m nowhere near this well-stocked! One day…)
Ric-rack for days:
A whole aisle of laces and ribbons:
More glitter and sparkle! I imagine this is used for figure skating costumes, ballroom dance costumes – something special? That’s a lot of shine for everyday wear…
The majority of the top floor is fashion fabric and quilting fabric, with a few tiaras, feather boas and wigs mixed in. The basement’s mostly notions, PLUS the literal bargain-basement fabric section. It’s exactly what you think a bargain basement should be!
A room about three times the size of most apartments, STUFFED with fabric. Like so, above. If you can’t read the price tags, most of them say $3 or $4 per metre. What a deal! Especially at half price…
Now there’s a lot of less-than-pretty fabrics, and most of them are 100% unknown, but if you have patience and a good eye there’s some treasures to be found. I’m almost embarrassed to admit how much I bought, but think of the savings!
On to the good stuff – look what I bought! I went home with a cool 34 metres (!) of fabric for under $70. Doesn’t look like that much from the picture does it?
Oh man. Totally cut off from buying fabric forever. Or at least until I make a dent in my stash. If only there were more hours in the day, so I could spend them all sewing!
Anyways, if you’re in the Vancouver area (visiting or local) and love to sew, definitely check out Dressew. You can find just about anything you can think of for sewing, crafting, or dressing up for Halloween.
I didn’t take pictures of half the stuff downstairs, or anything upstairs – too many staff. Whenever I’m downtown, I can’t help but stop by. It’s only a block away from where I volunteer, and around the corner from Button Button. Too much fun to pass up!
Sale’s on until June 26th, head on down if you’re in the Vancouver area and need to build up your stash of fabric, zippers or sequin appliques…