So Wednesday was my birthday and I decided that there was no better way to celebrate than by spending it fabric shopping. More specifically I decided to finally make the trip out to Goldhawk Road in London and find out for myself how amazing it is (spoiler alert - IT IS!)
I'm based in Brighton, which is around an hour out of London (on the train). We're quite lucky here that we have a few different fabric shops and you can get pretty much everything you need for most projects. Honestly, I don't take it for granted that just down the road from me is the beautiful Ditto fabrics where I can score some pretty amazing ex-designer fabrics at a pinch. But there's always more fabrics to be had!
Goldhawk Road can be quite a trip - probably took around an hour and 45 minutes to get there from Brighton but honestly, it was so worth it! Fabric shops as far as the eye can see as soon as you leave the tube station.
Most of the shops are literally piled high with bolts and bolts of fabric and it's quite daunting to see. I honestly didn't know where to look. So much to see.
I only visited a few of the shops as we also wanted to visit a new museum the same day so I didn't go in as many shops as I may have liked. I also felt a little overwhelmed as well - if you go there you'll see why!
So, let's get down to business - what did I buy?
My favourite shop of the day had to be Classic Textiles. It had some beautiful fabrics in stock and they were so cheap! Like £3 a meter cheap.
The first thing I picked up was this stunning emerald green polyester crepe de chine. I fell almost immediately in love with this, mostly because of the colour but if you look closely you'll see it has little tiny navy swans on it. SWANS PEOPLE! What's not to like?
I bought 2M and plan to make a By Hand London Kim dress to wear at my friends wedding in October.
Right next to the above beauty was this beauty. I'm not entirely sure what this is but it's crepey! It has a lovely weight to it and I love the simplicity and contemporary look of the pattern. The colours are quite interesting too - it's a sort of dirty green, navy and dark pinky toned red.
Again I got 2M with the idea that I would make another Kim dress. I was torn between the swans and the triangles as to which would make a nicer wedding guest outfit and then I suddenly thought "it's £3 a meter - you don't have to choose. Get both!" So I did!
Meanwhile, the boyfriend was lurking in the cotton section (which is downstairs) looking for fabric for his Albion. It was so much fun fabric shopping with him because he was so excited at looking for the fabrics for his jacket.
For the outer fabric we choose this nice navy cotton. I think it's a twill but I'm not 100%. It's definitely cotton and it's nice and sturdy without being too thick. I'm imagining some nice faux brown leather patches for the toggle section will look lovely with this.
For the lining he chose this nice cotton fabric. Once again, I'm not really sure what this is but it has a lovely feel to it and I reckon it will be nice and warm in the winter months.
Whilst I was paying I made the mistake of looking up behind the till and saw so many other fabrics I wanted. Nightmare - you could spend a fortune without realising it. But I managed to ignore the urges (go me!) and pressed on with the trip.
Next up I went into Fabric World (across the street from Classic Textiles) and I picked up this wonderfully soft chambray fabric. I'm not 100% sure what I'm going to make out of it.
I picked up 2M and I originally thought about making a Tilly and the Buttons Bettine dress but on second thoughts I'm thinking I might go for the Megan Nielsen Brumby skirt.
Finally, I bought this gorgeous white and black squared print fabric. It's a stretch cotton and I just love it! It's by far the most expensive of the day - £15 a metre but I just had to have it. They also had it in black with white squares but I preferred this colour way as it seemed a bit brighter and bit more cheery.
Again, I bought 2M but I don't really have any immediate plans for it. Possibly an Arielle skirt but the shorter version. I imagine this would be really nice paired with some black tights in winter and a nice jumper.
I cannot wait for my next trip to Goldhawk Road and even the boyfriend mentioned he's like to go again! Not sure if he was joking but I had a great couple of hours browsing and mentally spending all my money.
I will say this, there is a Costa coffee shop on the corner of the street, just outside the tube station - perfect for dropping off the boyfriend/ husband whilst you shop. I mean they really thought of it all didn't they! Well played Goldhawk Road. See you soon!