I Think We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Suitcase

YOU GUYS.

IT’S THE POST YOU’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR.

Ever since I first announced that I was going to NYC 🗽

Yep, this is the big reveal of what was in all those Mood carrier bags that you saw on my Instagram feed! (and what was in the bags that you didn’t see too – there were many 😱)

I’ll confess that until I took these pictures last weekend, I hadn’t actually got the fabric out of the bag since we arrived home – so it was kind of like Christmas, opening up each bag and marvelling at the contents inside. Obviously I had a *rough* idea of what I’d bought, but there were some pieces that I’d forgotten about!

There was more fabric that I remember buying, and when you put it together with the stuff I already have, it makes more than enough to keep me going for AT LEAST a year. Maybe even two years. Either way, let’s just say that unless it’s something exceptional or it’s lining to go with fabric I already have, there should be no fabric purchases happening.

I’ve already mentioned in previous posts that I’m going to do some research into the apps that are out there for fabric and pattern organisation – they are already downloaded to my phone and ready for action because I’m in dire need of them now!

New York was like fabric heaven. I mean, sure – we have some good shops in London, but they are fairly geographically spaced out (apart from Goldhawk Road – which is like the complete other side of London to me – and Soho, which is SUPER expensive). New York has fabric shops covering an area that stretches for BLOCKS. Like, MULTIPLE STREETS guys. You can come out of one fabric shop and go into the one next door, and repeat for a good few hours. for You literally wouldn’t need to go fabric shopping anywhere else, ever. I doubt that I will ever find a fabric shop that beats Mood, anywhere in the world (I don’t know whether that’s a good or bad thing?!)

As you scroll through the photos of my purchases, you’ll see a few recurring themes:

  • Brocades
  • Pink
  • Animal Print
  • Metallics (this one’s mainly the husbeast – he loves a bit of the shiny-shiny)
  • Furry fabrics (short AND long pile)

I’m actually sort of happy that most of the fabrics share common qualities – yes, there might be a lot of the same sort of colours but these are the colours I wear most and know suit me. I’d be more concerned if I’d bought a mixed bag of random colours – warm/cool/bright/muted for example –  because chances are, not all of those are going to suit me and I’d end up feeling meh over the finished item. A narrow choice of similar fabrics shows that I know what I like, amirite?

We’ve got a whole mixture of fabrics here – fabrics bought by me, for me; fabrics bought by me for the husbeast; fabrics chosen by the husbeast for himself, and one piece of fabric that I chose for the husbeast to make me something from. There’s also yarn, and a fair bit of it too (yarn takes up an INSANE amount of space in a suitcase though!)

So… here we go. Are you ready? Grab a cuppa and some cake, and get ready for some serious fabric porn 🤪

BROCADES

Red and gold brocade (Mood Fabrics)

The husbeast chose this one – it will become outerwear of some description. The gold is actually metallic in real life, so the fabric kind of looks a bit like fire🔥

Shiny-shiny zebra brocade (Mood Fabrics)

This one is actually going to be a hideously luxurious lining for some gold embroidered coating that you’ll come across a bit later on in the post 👀

Copper quilted lining (Mood Fabrics)

Continuing on the ‘luxurious lining’ vein (which is actually the husbeast’s thing, not mine) this one is also going to be lining – I’m thinking that it will be the innards of the black cashmere coating that I picked up for him in Paris earlier this year.

Pink/grey leopard brocade (Mood Fabrics)

This one I *think* is Marc Jacobs, though I could be wrong. I can’t remember. The ‘right’ side is actually the grey side, but I prefer the wrong side (because it’s more pink and sparkly, obvs). It’ll be outerwear, maybe a bomber jacket, and I plan on using both sides of the fabric for contrast. Maybe a black body with pink sleeves? 🤔

Pink/purple leopard poly (Mood Fabrics)

This one was definitely Marc Jacobs. It’s a poly fabric – I only usually (try to) buy natural fibres, but I made the exception for this one because it’s just so damn cool. LOOK AT THOSE COLOURS. It’s got a weird feel to it – like it might be waterproof – really smooth… kind of like running jacket material? I’m intending to use it as lining. (Yep, I bought a lot of lining fabrics! I struggle to find nice patterned linings here in the UK so I bought ALL THE LININGS when I saw them).

Spandex

These will be for Watson bras – I haven’t made a new one in a while and my old ones get worn ALL THE TIME so I figured I was justified in buying a couple more prints. Even though I have two leopard prints at home that I bought for Watsons but haven’t cut into yet BUT LET’S NOT TALK ABOUT THAT AND INSTEAD LOOK AT THE PRETTY FABRICS.

Leopard print (Spandex World)

It’s leopard print. It’s pink (and orange). Nuff said.

Tiger Tiger (Spandex World)

I bought this because I really loved the pattern, but looking at it now I’m not actually sure if it will be suitable for bras – the pattern pieces are so small and I’m not gonna get much print on… oh well. I’ll prob give it a go, because I’ve got a whole yard of the fabric and a bra doesn’t take up much – if it’s at least semi-succesful I can always make a pair of matching pants!

And if you’re making underwear, what better to go with such awesome fabrics than…

Hot Pink Elastics (Pacific Trimmings)

YAS.

Hot pink fold over elastic and bra strapping. Move over black elastic, there’s a new girl in town.

Jerseys

I’ve realised lately that although I wear t-shirts for work like ALL OF THE TIME, and my favourite dress – the Kielo – uses stretch fabric, I rarely buy jersey. Probably because I really hate working with it, but it seems that I actually quite like wearing it 🤔

Although I’ve got a fair few jersey fabrics to show you here, only two of them are mine (the pink ones, surprise surprise) – the rest are for the husbeast and were chosen by him too.

Brown/white geo jersey (Mood Fabrics)

Slinky jersey from Mood, by and unknown designer. Very drapey, I think it’s viscose.

Pink and black Marc Jacobs jersey

Yep, another leopard print by Marc Jacobs (funnily enough, I don’t actually own any Marc Jacobs clothing…) I got three yards of this, because I’m intending to make a sleeveless Kielo and a basic T-shirt. Cotton jersey.

Grey zebra burnout (Mood Fabrics)

This one is also for the husbeast. He’s gonna be making a lot of T-shirts. Feels like cotton blend – the black sections are burnout so there’s gonna be some chest hair on show.

Proper lairy leopard jersey (Chic Fabrics)

This beauty is a poly jersey, which I normally stay away from but I just couldn’t resist the print. Plus it was some insane price like $5 per yard. The feel of it sort of put me off a little (it feels VERY poly) but I really love the colours. No surprises that it will probably become a summer sleeveless Kielo.

Brown animal print (Mood Fabrics)

I’ve discovered that the husband likes animal print pretty much to the extent that I do! (Although I may have had some in-store influence on his purchases lol). This one’s another cotton blend, and yep – you guessed it – it’s gonna be a T-shirt as well.

Silks

Mood had an absolutely HUGE choice of silks. I thought I would have come away with more, given how much I love to sew shirts, but I only ended up with one for me, one for the husbeast and one to use as a lining 🤷🏻‍♀️

Brown animal print silk (Mood Fabrics)

I can’t remember the designer (note to self – TAKE PICTURES OF THE LABELS ON THE ROLLS) but this one’s going to be a shirt for the husband. It’s going to look AWESOME.

Pink giraffe print (Mood Fabrics)

It’s animal print. It’s pink. It’s silk.

Ana Sui cupcake print (Mood Fabrics)

This one is a slightly stiffer silk, but that’s ok because it’s intended to be a coat or jacket lining. I’ve got three yards of it to allow for choice of using it for either a long or short garment. Cute, huh?

FURS / coatings

Yep, I’ve got a whole little section here for furry and fuzzy fabrics. You know I love a good coat, and what better to make a coat from than a totally touchable fabric?

Dark Brown short-pile alpaca (Mood Fabrics)

This one’s for the husband, for an as-yet undecided garment. I’ve got two yards, so it’ll probably be a jacket.

Pink alpaca short-pile (Mood Fabrics)

OMG. It’s pink and it’s furry. Give me. NOW. Two yards… will become outerwear, possibly with the silk cupcakes as the lining

Black and red opening ceremony alpaca (Mood Fabrics)

Can you tell I hit up the alpaca section? I should have clocked that this print was opening ceremony before I even looked at the label – I have two silk shirts by them in this very same print (but different colours – one pink/navy and one green/black). I got two yards of this fabric, which will obviously become outerwear in some shape or form.

And I’m saving the best for last with the furs… LOOK AT THIS:

Anna Sui neon pink and black long-pile fur (Mood Fabrics)

I got three yards of this, and I intend to make a bad-ass winter coat. I just bought an 80’s pattern off eBay which might be a good contender, but I’ll need to consider it carefully (and maybe even – shock horror – do a test run) before chopping in to this preciousness.

Anna Sui black embroidered coating (Mood Fabrics)

It seems I have a thing for Anna Sui fabric – and strangely I don’t own any of her clothing. This one is going to be a long(ish – probably) coat for the husband, and it will be lined with the crazy gold and black zebra brocade you saw earlier. It’s going to be EPIC. In my head I’m picturing a floor length ‘Sherlock Holmes’ type coat… but let’s see.

Cottons

I really wanted to get some nice shirtings for the husband, but it didn’t quite work out that way. If you’re looking for baby blue shirtings, or striped shirtings (you know, the typical ‘corporate’ fabrics – which I absolutely was NOT looking for), you’ll find more than you can shake a stick at. There were a few funky prints, but we actually came out of Mood without a single one.

Summer shirting (Chic Fabrics)

This fabulous print is going to be a short sleeve summer shirt (eeeesh what a mouthful) for the husband. It’s so pretty, and was something scandalous like $5 per yard too 😱

Embroidered Mesh (Chic Fabrics)

The husband couldn’t stop looking at the sparkly-sparkly laces, and although I told him just to indulge himself and make something hideously garish, he thought it was a waste. So we compromised and I chose this embroidered mesh for him to make a dress for me. Yes, it’s BLUNTLY obvious that I chose this isn’t it 😂

Not sure what it will be made into yet… but we’ve got four yards of it so that should allow for a fair amount of choice in patterns. I thought this was a very fair price at $10 per yard too – in London this would cost you a bloody fortune 💰💰💰

YARN

I’m well into my knitting now that the cooler weather is here – well, I say ‘well into it’ but in reality my spare time is pretttty thin on the ground. I try to make time for a few rows whenever I can, and I’m going to incorporate some knitting projects into my 2019 Make Nine so that I don’t forget about it!

If you saw my post a couple of weeks ago, you’ll know that the yarn shops in NYC were AMAZEBALLS. Like, better than anywhere else I’ve ever been in all my life. I could have bought SO much more, but yarn takes up an awful lot of space in the suitcase. I’m still cursing myself for taking such a damn small suitcase – I wasn’t close to the maximum luggage allowance of 23kg but I just couldn’t fit another thing in it. I even looked in Bloomingdales at the suitcases that were in the sale, and legitimately considered buying a bigger one and ditching the one I’d brought with me.

So back to the yarn… from Knitty City in NYC Upper West Side, I bought:

Cascade Luminosa – rust

This one’s for the husbeast. It’ll be a scarf – a cabled one, possibly using a pattern from one of the issues of Vogue Knitting I picked up when I was over there.

Cascade Luminosa – Purple

As the husband made such a good choice with his Luminosa, I wanted in too. I bought three balls of the dark purple to make a scarf with, because it will go with literally EVERYTHING for me.

Freia handpainted ombre yarn

I bought the single ball of chunky yarnn first – from Yarnphoria in Philadelphia – with the intention of making a hat. The purple is going to be the brim, and then it’ll graduate into a bright orange pom-pom at the top. I can’t wait 🙌🏻

Then afterwards in Knitty City (NYC) I spotted the same yarn but in worsted weight…and the idea of a matching scarf was born. Although the three balls of worsted *look* like the same colours, they are actually labelled as three different shades. It doesn’t matter though, I’m just going to use one ball after another and hopefully I’ll get some sort of ‘seamless ombre’… Hopefully.

Malabrigo Caracol – Diana

Last but not least in this USA Yarn Adventure is ‘Caracol’ by Malabrigo. The hats I was knitting on the plane were using the ‘Rios’ yarn – also by Malabrigo – so I knew the quality was good and it wouldn’t be itchy for the husband (he’s a bit sensitive to wool). Caracol is a super chunky weight yarn that has this sort of black spiders-web wrapped around it… it gives a stained glass effect to the knitted fabric. It looks PROPER cool, and I could have literally bought about five different shades but limited myself to just two – one for myself and one for the husbeast. Some simple sweater patterns will be chosen – usually I would be straight in with the cables (I LOVE me a cabled sweater) but this yarn needs a simple stocking stitch to let the texture shine.

Malabrigo Caracol – Camaleon

The blue one is for the husbeast…. we’re going to be TOTALLY warm and cosy in these jumpers 😍

Annnnnd that’s the haul! It’s pretty intense, and writing it all down here makes me realise EXACTLY HOW MUCH I BOUGHT 😨😂 Ah well. I had a good time shopping for it and there will be some lovely garments made with the supplies (hopefully). They say that money can’t buy you happiness but I think that’s a lie because this lot made me happy. I’m therefore considering the money spent as an investment in my mental wellbeing… so that makes it okay.

Yas?

Yas.

#imighthavegonealittletoocrazy

#sorrynotsorry

I’m interested to do a little vote on which purchase was your favourite… let me know in the comments! (If I was to take a guess, I’m gonna say either the black/gold embroidered coating or the neon pink fur is going to win… or the ombre yarn 🤔 Or maybe I’m biased because those might be *my* favourites 😂)

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33 Comments

  1. Angela Dent
    November 18, 2018 / 8:41 am

    How difficult to choose a favourite but the pink / grey leopard brocade is just amazing and the pink alpaca fur is just gorgeous and the pink embroidered lace is stunning. If I really had to choose just one I think the pink / grey leopard brocade because that will make the most amazing coat and I would definitely have the pink as the main side. What an amazing haul! I would just sit in the middle of it admiring and stroking it for days. Hope you enjoy every minute of it.

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 8:41 am

      Haha, I did spend some quality time with the fabric when we were taking the pictures! I can’t wait to actually get making with it all! The hardest decision will be what to make first… 🤔😂

  2. Bren Holmes
    November 18, 2018 / 9:07 am

    ‘there should be no fabric purchases happening’ …. and I laughed and laughed.
    I love your tiger print; that’s my fave of your fabrics as it’s so unusual. The yarn is all to die for, too. I look forward to seeing your stitching throughout 2019. What a lot to look forward to!

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 8:44 am

      Haha… me too Bren 😂 So far I can confirm that no fabric has been purchased… so I’m doing well! 👍 I just want to start knitting ALL THE THINGS but I’ve discovered that I can’t knit and sew at the same time ☹️ I think really just what needs to happen is that I quit my full time job (but still get paid), so I can knit and sew seven days a week 👌

  3. Lucy Picksley
    November 18, 2018 / 9:21 am

    You’ll be paying for all of that through to retirement I reckon! I’m in love with the jerseys! Lush x

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 8:44 am

      Haha… It’ll be worth it though 🤪

  4. November 18, 2018 / 9:58 am

    I absolutely love what you chose! My favourite fabric is the embroidered Anna Sui Coating and my favourite yarn is the Malabrigo Caracol in the blue colour (hubby has excellent taste too clearly!) As someone who absolutely adores travel (and has been to NYC) but sadly can’t really afford to travel at the moment, I have absolutely loved living vicariously through you and seeing all your adventures! Thank you so much for sharing everything with us!

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 8:46 am

      Ahhh thanks Vicky! I’m so glad that you enjoyed all the NYC posts ☺️ That embroidered coating is the best isn’t it… SO pretty! I can’t wait to sew that coat for him! Also want to get cracking on the knitting but I’ve just bluntly discovered that I really don’t have anywhere near as much free time as I’d actually like 😂

  5. Cindy
    November 18, 2018 / 10:00 am

    Gosh what an amazing haul of fabulous colours you bought. I love each and everyone of them, your husbeast is really into this sewing lark, do you hope in time to both become fully engaged in the business, obviously this will need you to store up a stash of cash too. But…your A great couple as far as we can tell here on the tablet , and I’m pretty damn sure it would be a great success and we would see you all over the town, “made by wanderstitch, designed by wanderstitch. .I’m getting older now, so come on kids get your fingers out , make a nearly old lady very happy. Fabulous buys can’t wait for the makes to be shown. Xx cindylou

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 8:52 am

      Haha, I hear you loud and clear Cindy! I will put 100% effort into getting the business off the ground… I’m very much liking the ‘designed by wanderstitch’ slogan 🤔 Yes the husbeast is really into the sewing too… I’ve just taught him how to knit as well!
      I can’t wait to get started on sewing with those fabrics…the hardest decision will be which one to use first! I just want to use them all! (Though for most of them, I don’t actually have a pattern in mind yet so that might take some time). Hope all is well with you 😘 x

  6. November 18, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Wow! What a haul! I’m on the plane to NY now! Can you believe I’m going just with hand luggage! … maybe I’ll have space for a yard of jersey…?! 😂👍🙏

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 8:52 am

      Eeeeep I’ve just seen your picture on Instagram – looking forward to hearing ALL about your visit to Mood!!

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 8:53 am

      PS if things get *really* desperate, fedex a box back 😂

  7. Carolle
    November 18, 2018 / 11:07 am

    Excellent haul. And I totally agree, investment in your mental health is a must! Love the giraffe fabric, so gorgeous, but that long pile cones a very close runner up. Can’t wait to see your fabulous makes.

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 8:55 am

      Thanks Carolle in your support of my mental health investment 😁😂 That giraffe print will become a shirt for me, I can’t wait to get making all of these fabulous things for my wardrobe! Need to get cracking on that fur as well otherwise it will be summer before I know it! 😂

  8. November 18, 2018 / 11:20 am

    Black/gold coating is soooooo steampunk, love the pink embroidered mesh [while still hating pink lol] and the stained glass yarn is very sexy. I’m surprised you guys have any money left for eating or bills!

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 8:56 am

      Ahh, yes it IS steampunk isn’t it! I’m so excited to make that coat. Actually, I’m so excited to just use everything I bought 😂 Haha we saved for a lonnnng time for this trip! Who needs to pay bills and buy food when you have beautiful fabric?!

  9. Evelyn Marshall
    November 18, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    Sarah, I love all the fabric! My favorite would be the Shiny/Shiny Zebra which is similar to a fabric I used. I made a short jacket and goucho pants with it. I’ll post a photo of the jacket on your Facebook entry because I don’t see anywhere here where I can do that. I also like the Brown/White Geo Jersey. On my jersey, I fused a nylon knit interfacing and as you can see it turned out well. I also serged the raw edges. This is kind of a quirky jacket with off-set buttons. Next trip for you I would suggest San Francisco. Lots of good fabric shops and, of course, things to see!!! Love the blog…keep sewing and knitting!!!

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 8:58 am

      Ahh thanks Evelyn – I’m so glad that you enjoy the blog! Ohhhh you made matching pants with zebra fabric? Eeeeeeep that sounds amazing! I’ve not been to San Francisco, but I hear that there are a lot of good fabric shops so I might just have to add that one to the list 🤔 Will absolutely keep up the sewing and knitting… I need there to be 48 hours in every day rather than 24 😂

  10. November 18, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    that black and gold zebra–i swear either we bought it within hours of each other!!! it was the choice on our shoot that Monday!!

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 8:59 am

      OMG no wayyyyy! How exciting 😁 we clearly both have excellent tastes 👌😂

  11. November 18, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    buuuuuut ps my fave is the anna sui, tied with the Chic embroidery, and good god I can’t wait to see you wear them together.

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:00 am

      That Chic embroidery is gorgeous isn’t it! I’ll have to tell the husbeast he’s under pressure to create something utterly amazeballs with it 😂👌

  12. Linda Jamieson
    November 18, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    Lots of lovely fabrics. All fired up now. Flying out on Tuesday

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:01 am

      Ahhh amazing! Have a wonderful time! Bring back lots of fabric! ✈️

  13. Nancy E Morris
    November 19, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Love the pink giraffe print. I dont know what I would make with it. I cant wait to see your finished garments with these.

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:02 am

      Thanks Nancy! That giraffe print is almost definitely going to become a shirt for me – possibly the Hedwige by Republique du Chiffon. I can’t wait to get started on sewing with all these beauties! 😍

  14. Melody Srygley
    November 19, 2018 / 4:07 am

    The Malabrigo yarn makes me want to pick up the old knitting needles. Sooo pretty! I applaud your shopping success, and can’t wait to see what you create. What fun!

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:03 am

      Thanks Melody! Get those knitting needles out! 👍 I didn’t do much knitting last year, but I’m really back into it this year!

  15. November 20, 2018 / 12:52 am

    Love the shiny shiny zebra and the embroidered mesh (would be even better in a more purple, less pink combo, imo). For better suitcase:yarn ratio, take a couple of vacuum bags next time.

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:06 am

      That zebra fabric is getting a LOT of votes! I think it might even be the winner! and OMG, why did I not think of vacuum bags?! What an excellent idea! That would have worked for the faux fur too – that pretty much took up a whole suitcase on it’s own 😂 You’re a GENIUS, Jacqui 👍

  16. November 21, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    Oh woah, the bf and I were still deciding on what city to visit next year, but NYC just hopped on spot #1 on my list! And there’s a store just for SPANDEX?

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 27, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      There is a shop just for spandex! I know right 🤯 fabric shopping is absolutely AMAZING in NYC – it’s definitely deserving of the #1 spot! And the food is awesome too 🍔🍕

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