Dewsbury – my new fabric destination.

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I was unable to attend the Yorkshires Spoolettes sewing blogger meet up organised by Ali of Thimberlina  in Dewsbury a few weeks ago.

However with Dewsbury being only one junction up the motor way, I was keen to find out what the fuss was all about.

Well let me tell you. After years of slating good old Wakefield for its lack of dressmaking fabric shops I no longer need to take that trip over the Peninnes to Minerva Crafts or Abakhan. I have something much, much better(cheaper) on my doorstep a mere 10 minutes away. Something I never even knew existed.

Armed with Ali’s meet up map,spoolette-dewsbury-map

Mum, who was staying for the weekend, and I hit the streets.

First, Fabworks. OMG!!!!!

fab works

Seeing is indeed believing. You can not imagine. I could have bought half the shop and gone back for the rest the following weekend. Fabworks is a mill shop, buying anything that they think will be of interest to their customers. So you’ll find a choice as vast as you’ll find anywhere and I’ve not even touched on the furnishing fabric.

Walls and walls of fabric generally at around £5 or £6 a metre for a cotton, cotton print, jersey, viscose. Although you’ll pay more for luxury pieces.

Look at this selection of scuba!

Fabworks scuba      A few minutes walk across town led us to Lucky FashionsLucky fashions

This smaller unpromising exterior hid a further wealth of fabrics at around £3-£5/m!!!!!

Just look at the printed jerseys!

Lucky Fashions printed jerseys

There were some really unusual pieces here. The lovely owner told us how she often selects the fabric straight off the printer. And when it’s gone, it’s gone.

After purchasing further fabric she then told us where to find her cheaper(!!!!!) stall on the market where I picked up remnants for skirt and a skirt lining for £1/m!!!!

I’ll show you what I’ve bought when it all passes through the washing machine and ironing basket. Out of the 10(!!!!!!!!!) pieces of fabric I’ve bought I’ve only one which screams at me ‘WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH ME?!!!!!!!’

Unfortunately, but perhaps understandably, neither of these shops has an online service, so you’ll have to make the trip yourself.

Fabworks is open daily 9 – 4pm and on Saturdays 9 – 2pm

Lucky Fashions is only open Wednesdays and Saturdays to match Dewsbury’s market days.

So thank you to Ali of Thimberlina

We had a great morning. I just need to ban myself from going again for a couple of months!

Love, Lucie xx

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About lovelucie1

I cannot sit without something in my hands to sew, crochet, sketch etc. This becoming something of an addiction. In fact, I start to get twitchy if I am stationary somewhere, waiting for an appointment, waiting for my daughter, away with work, without some project to keep my hands busy. Minutes wasted make me anxious. This blog logs my progress to raise funds through my creations to feed my textile habbit.

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  1. Looks like you had a ball! Glad you enjoyed it!
    I was eyeing up the peachy scuba for another Morris blazer when I went last week, and after seeing it again here I’m going to have to go back before its all gone!

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  2. Aargh, why is there nothing like this where I live? I’d be in fabric heaven and would happily spend a small fortune – although that doesn’t seem possible at those prices!

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    • It was quite amazing when I’m used to seeing £18/m for fabric online. I’m always really nervous of buying cheap fabric online without seeing it first.
      Both places were such gems. I just want to drape my entire house in my purchases whilst I decide exactly which patterns to match with them. And then find time to sew them all!

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  3. I think I know what I will be doing this weekend!
    Looks amazing! Can’t wait to see what you bought 🙂
    Lisa oxo

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  4. Oh Thanks for sharing! I will be making a trip soon. My in laws are coming in 2 weeks so I may actually be childfree for a couple of hours😃.

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  5. Ooh, looks really exciting – I need to visit! I want to join the Spoolettes for their next get together. Looking forward to seeing what you bought x

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  6. Looks like a great place. When I was in the U.K. a couple of weeks ago I took myself up the Goldhawk Road (in London) which is famous for fabric and all the shops are in a line and all look unpromising but are stuffed with fabric. However, they weren’t as cheap as 3 or 5 quid a metre and I didn’t see such a wide range of knit fabrics. I have Jersey Envy.

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    • I hear about Goldhawk Road all the time on other blogs as a Holy Mecca for fabric and often wondered what it was like. I no longer feel the need to include it on my next trip to London, now I’ve found my own jersey 😉 paradise.

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  7. Wow! Looks wonderful. Nothing like that near me 😦

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  8. Too bad there is a big pond between me and that shop! Or maybe good for my budget. (I’m in Portland OR USA)

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  9. Sooo jealous of the jersey, beats my favourite Goldhawk Rd haunts for patterns. Looking forward to seeing what you chose

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  10. Very, very jealous! Can’t wait to see what you make with it all. It really takes the pressure off if you get a bargain doesn’t it?! 🙂

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  11. i have seen these places blogged before – i would turn into a fabric junkie. Can’t wait to see the fabric and of course your creations. I Enjoyed your me-made-may Jo x

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  12. I am glad I live a safe difference away!

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  13. I can’t wait to go back to Dewsbury, just need to reduce my stash a bit first!!!

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  15. I guess it’s pretty late to leave a comment but I wanted to say that I found your blog post very useful in guiding me around Dewsbury on Saturday past! I didn’t buy the jersey I wanted to but did get a few other things! I’ve just posted about it on my blog
    http://sewanneuk.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/a-yorkshire-weekend.html

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  16. would like address for lucky fabricks in dewsbury as we live in halifax and dont know the area

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