We Have Thread Again! The Sew-Along Continues…

Hello, everyone! What an exciting and busy week it’s been. I’m happy to report that I picked up thread to finish the Minoru Sew-Along jacket. You can see I picked up two spools, just in case I ran out again!

I always multi-task on days when I drive the car to the office. I had two meetings, picked up more shipping envelopes, and bought more thread! Funny how efficient you end up being, when you don’t always drive. Must make the most of the driving days!

I forgot to mention this last week, but it was interesting to read about how close you are to your nearest fabric store. I took it for granted growing up in Richmond (a city in the Vancouver area), as we had many fabric options within one city! We had Fabricana, Fanny’s Fabrics (when I was much younger), Fabricland, Wal-mart when they still carried fabric, Jax Fabrics (a fantastic outlet store run by the Jax clothing company, that sold the leftover fabric from their fashion collections – beautiful quality wools for $4-$6/metre. I miss that place!) and our neighborhood fabric store, Park Lane Fabrics. (I’m pretty sure that’s what it was called.) Perhaps there were even more fabric-buying options, but those are the ones I remember from my high school and younger days.

But I can’t complain, because some of you are hours away from a good fabric store! Some of you couldn’t drive to one if you wanted to. You’d have to fly somewhere! For some of you, the nearest fabric store is 2,048 kilometres away. (Wow! Something to think about if I ever plan to move…) No matter what, I can get fabric the same day that I realize I need it. And I’m thankful for that.

Well, that’s all I have to report for today. I have thread again! I’ll be putting together the last few Minoru Sew-Along posts over the next two weeks. Only about five or six more sewing steps and we’ll have a finished jacket!

ps. Don’t forget to enter the $100 Giveaway from Hart’s Fabric! I’m excited to see so many entries already – well over 400! Good luck everyone!

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10 Responses to We Have Thread Again! The Sew-Along Continues…

  1. Ella February 29, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Tasia, just wanted to let you know I got my Renfrew pattern in the mail yesterday! I love that you are using FSC- certified envelopes. Makes me happy that you care:)

    • Tasia March 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

      Thank you! It’s nice to know it matters to you guys. Sometimes I debate using plastic-lined envelopes in case of rain, but think of the waste!

  2. Lucy February 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    I asked my mum about this, and she said that in the 80s and 90s there used to be a whole heap of fabric shops around where we live. As a little girl, I remember being fascinated by the big one that had wedding dresses in the window (must have done a lot of bridal fabric). Then the big chain moved into town :-(

    • Tasia March 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

      So it was like that everywhere I suppose! Lots of little fabric shops, now all gone. I’d have loved one with a wedding dress in the window as a little girl too!

  3. Marianne February 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    I am a frustrated sewer. We only have a chain store and it’s only about 1/3 fabric the rest is knick knack stuff. I get so frustrated when I’m there. I complain every time. I have even sritten to the corporate office twice. Just to be annoying. Maybe the squeaking wheel will get oiled.

    • Tasia March 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

      Good luck! You never know what will happen. In the meantime there’s always the internet!

  4. Joen February 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    I am fortunate that I have a great shop privately owned by a woman who appreciates great apparel fabric and offers a great selection of high quality fabrics. Also a large chain and the Walmart near me starting carrying fabric again so in a pinch is a quick alternative expecially thread and notions. But I guess I am most fortunate to have NYC Fabric District 2 hours away and Philadelphia Fabric Row 30 min. which is a great girls day out!

    • Tasia March 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

      Oh lucky, if I lived 2 hours away from NYC I’d be in trouble! :)

  5. Amy March 1, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    I got a bit ahead, by which I mean I finished my Minoru last night. I love it, but I’m sorry to not be sewing along with you anymore. I’ll be there in spirit though!

    • Tasia March 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

      Oooh, can’t wait to see it! I’ll post a ‘show us your Minoru Jacket’ post next week so definitely come by and post a link to yours!