Today there were a couple of blissful free Mama hours during which I sauntered when I wanted to and hurried when I needed to (I even ran down the subway stairs, just because). The extra thirty pounds was hanging out with her Babo and the first thing I did (beside ordering peonies from La Pivoinerie D'Aoust - they have ones called "Zuzu", which is one of Safiya's nicknames, so there was no question...I've never grown peonies before, but they are one of my true flower loves, so I'm very excited!) now, where was I? Ah yes, Fabricland.
Fabricland is the mainstream fabric store (and the only fabric store in a lot of places) in Canada. It's dependable, affordable (good sales), and accessible. It's got lots of staples, usually has some nicer stuff in the current line, but it's also usually at least two or three years behind in terms of trends or current colours.
However, I grew up in Fabricland, so I always return. In an earlier post I alluded to the fact that my Mom sews...I remember wandering between the bolts as a child, and I've inherited that pure love of colour, of possibility, and the feel of fabric on my fingers (thanks Mom!). She is far more talented than I can hope to be (when I was in highschool she saw a ski-jacket that I liked and so she sewed it, but with better colours!), but I'm starting to look at clothes and think Mom's famous phrase "but I could just sew that..." Still not there yet, really, but it's fun to think it!
As for fabric, now there's the goodness of places like Superbuzzy, Reprodepot, SewZanne's, purlsoho, Sew, Mama, Sew!, and Cia's Palette and lots more, I'm sure. One of my favourite recent purchases was from Peach Berserk here in Toronto, because the fabric is printed here by local designers which is just too cool.
Now I have to make sure I don't go and look at all those links, because I really don't need any more fabric.
Use what you have, use what you have, use what you have...