Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Canada Fabric Shopping - Fabricland

My dear beloved Fabricland, where I spent the bulk of my spending money!  It's only fitting that I start with it.

From what I can ascertain from reading up on Fabricland, is that it's Canada's largest fabric store chain but is split into different regions.  The stores do vary, I visited a couple.  When I say vary, I mean that they have slightly different fabric choices and a different promotional/discount card schemes.  The main Fabricland stores we visited are located in the Niagara region known to the chain as Fabricland Western.  This part of the chain runs a premiere card scheme, where the customer buys a premiere card for $20, fills out a quick form and then holds a card that gives them INSANE discounts!  We're talking weekend sales of 50% off nearly every fabric in store, all their haby bits and pieces and even mega discounts on patterns (Vogue patterns $7.99, McCalls & Butterick patterns $3.99).  How's a fabric-loving girl not to go a little bit crazy and spend spend spend on deals like that?  

AND Fabricland also does another INSANE offer; buy 1 metre of fabric, get 2 free.  Yup, TWO free!  My mind went into overdrive working out all the awesome things I could make with such a deal.

Anyway, that's enough word-count here's the pics of what I bought.  I won't give you too much of a breakdown other than by which store I bought them in.

Fabricland St Catharines
 1. Tye-dye denim 2. Print Viscose 3. Print Poly 4. Print Poly

Fabricland Niagara Falls 1
 
1. Print Cotton 2. Print Poly 3. Print Cotton 4. Print Cotton 5. Print Craft Cotton 6. Print Chiffon 7. Burnout Jersey

Fabricland Niagara Falls 2
 1. Jersey 2. Denim 3. Print Chiffon 4. Embroidered cut out Cotton

Fabricland Niagara Falls Mum
1. Print Chiffon 2. Sheer Poly 3. Print Cotton

We also visited a Fabricland Ontario, which is another region that wasn't included in the terms of my premiere card.  However, they had their general sale on with some awesome bargains to be had.  I restrained myself there but given more time I know I could have went a little crazier!

Fabricland Newmarket
1. Poly cotton linings 2. Houndstooth Jacquard 3. Knife-pleated Chiffon

I'll be back later on in the week sharing a couple of makes.  I've found pictures on my camera of makes from before I was away that I really should show you and I've made a couple of things since I've been back.  And I still need to show you the lovely, lovely fabrics Claire sent me as a part of Kerry's Spring Sewing Swap!

10 comments:

  1. Wow! Some serious shopping went on while you were away and with deals like that I can understand why. You have some really lovely pieces in there.

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    1. Thanks Claire. This is seriously only about half of what I bought in total, I've still got all the independent stores to share! I think in total I brought home about 20kg of fabric!

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  2. ooh that's a lot of seriously gorgeous fabrics! Can't wait to see what you make with some of them.

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    1. Thanks Kathryn, I can't wait to get started sewing everything up, have soo many ideas going on!

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  3. My goodness! That's enough fabric to keep you stitching for quite some time :) I didn't go to any fabric shops when I was in Canada last summer as I was also going to NY so saved myself for the Garment District - but next time!

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    1. Downtown Toronto has a pretty amazing fabric district which is also really cheap (I'll be posting about it soon) and it's also quite near the Eaton Center and CN Tower so can be incorporated into a day downtown! I definitely recommend checking it out when you go back over :)

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  4. That sounds amazing! Did you have to buy an extra suitcase to bring it all home? What an amazing selection. Can't wait to see what you make with them all!

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    1. Thanks Helen! No we had a 10kg carry on allowance and I had to big bag for life size totes I managed to get it all into! So my dad and I were walking about the airport with these massive bags of fabric, people must of thought we were a bit crazy!

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  5. Wow, how fun! Looking forward to watching these become garments!

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    1. Hoping to get started on it soon, just need to come up with the patterns to match them all first!

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