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Fabric Shopping in Chicago | A mini guide

What do you do when you are in an unfamiliar city where you don’t know anyone, hundreds of miles away from home?

Why, you find the nearest fabric shop, of course!

This is exactly what I did when I was travelling to a conference in Chicago in May 2018.  I have been dreaming of going to America for a very long time, but for various reasons, it took so long for me to get there for the very first time. An architect friend who used to live in America once told me that it’s the most beautiful city in the States (her views, please don’t get up in arms!), so I was particularly excited to start my American adventures here.

Spoiler alert: I loved it, though it took me a bit to get acclimatised to the ‘bigger is better’ way that applies to just about everything over there.

Before I left, I did a bit of research to find some local fabric shops, but I could not find a lot of blogs with recommendations. There are of course Yelp and Google listings, but I wanted to get some views from sewing people. I also asked questions on IG and stalked #chicagosews tag, but not a lot of luck until the very last minute (read on for the whole story).

So, although I only visited two shops, they were something else, and I just had to write a post and save my impressions for other visitors.

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#FabricShoppingOnTour Project | March Update

Hello from snowy Milan! Here I am living and breathing the ethos of the #FabricShoppingOnTour project. I absolutely loved that all I need to do was to check the Milan entry in the Alphabetical City Index and I had all the information I needed at my fingertips.

If you are wondering what this project is all about, here’s a quick summary. Launched in December 2017, I decided to make my small contribution to the sewing community. So I started cataloguing existing fabric shopping guides written by fellow sewers that were already published (no commercial directories allowed, only genuine sewing people), with the link to the original blog and the year it was created. I am also contacting local sewists to ask them to contribute a post on their blog writing about the city they live in.

At the beginning of every month, I publish the latest contributions from the previous month, so we can grow the directory and help travelling sewists to find the best fabric souvenirs while ‘on tour’.

So here are the March updates.

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#FabricShoppingOnTour Project | February 2018 Update

Hurray, we all survived January! I feel like I should make myself a slogan t-shirt – seeing that I’m taking part in RTW fast, and I can’t buy myself one – that should say just that. Not sure about you, but my January has been absolutely mental. It started in full swing, with a million projects on the go, and it finished like a damp squib, without having finished hardly any. That’s why I decided February will have to be #FinishItFebruary! I have a bunch of unfinished projects from January and a bunch further commitments I need to complete, but apart from that, I do want to focus on my moderate, yet still super annoying, pile of UFOs (Unfinished Objects) and stuff to be mended or tweaked.

But before we get to all that, the first post of the month is dedicated to the #FabricShoppingOnTour project updates.

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#FabricShoppingonTour Project | January 2018 update

One of my 2017 highlights was launching the #FabricShoppingonTour Project, whose aim is to create a repository of locally-validated fabric shops in as many cities around the world as there are sewists.

How am I going to achieve this goal?

The approach is two-fold. I am cataloguing existing guides written by fellow sewists and already published (no commercial directories allowed, only genuine sewing people), with the link to the original blog and the year it was published. This is a great way to discover new sewing bloggers and maybe meet new sewist in your city and gain an IRL friend in the process.

However, what I am most excited about is creating purpose-made local guides for places where I could not find any blog posts about. Sure, loads of people have written about Paris, London or New York, but how about Oslo, or Split in Croatia, or Buenos Aires? My first ports of call were my friends from around the world across the sewing community, who very kindly obliged with the first few instalments, but I will continue to contact sewists around the world that I know live in exciting places. And of course, I am always accepting volunteers.

So, what’s new in the Directory since the beginning of December?

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Fabric Shopping in Cluj, Romania | A #FabricShoppingOnTour Local Guide

Hi everyone! My name is Irina, I live in Cluj, a lovely city from Transylvania and I am thrilled to take you along on a virtual tour of the best fabric shops the city has to offer. I’ve started sewing about a year ago, and I’ve soon become obsessed with all things fabric and notions. The fabric shops in my city have quickly become one of my happy places and I love to pop in to see what new stuff they have. Also, whenever I’m travelling somewhere I always check out the local fabric shops, I think we can all agree that fabric is the best souvenir. So, if you ever find yourself in Cluj, I hope this little guide will help you.

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INTRODUCING: Fabric shopping on Tour | Local guides for travelling sewists

I for one stopped bringing souvenirs back from holidays ages ago, but I do love a bit of a foreign addition to my fabric stash. How lovely to make a project that will not only add a great new garment to your wardrobe but also bring back memories of fantastic far away holidays!

But where are the best places to go fabric shopping when you are in a foreign city? You have Lonely Planet for travelling, but what’s our sewing equivalent?

It brings me great joy to introduce to you all an idea that has been running through my head for a while and now finally it’s becoming reality!

Please welcome ‘FABRIC SHOPPING ON TOUR’ project!

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