Monday, March 12, 2012

All I've got to show for my time ...


This is going to be a bit of a rant.
Of all the compromises I expected in moving to Tasmania, not being able to buy BASIC sewing supplies was not one of them. The only fabric store in Hobart is Spotlight. There are a few small quilting stores and the sewing machine repair store down the road from my office at least sells thread.
I had a hell week at work last week and as it was a long weekend, I looked forward to a solid three days of finishing my SWAP and maybe doing some planning for future sewing. I didn't get time to buy thread for my jeans during the week, but as Spotlight is open all weekend I wasn't worried.
Last weekend I spent an entire day working on refinining the fit of my TNT jeans pattern and so I was ready. Saturday I cut my jeans out and Sunday morning at 10am on the dot I was waiting outside Spotlight for the doors to open. I needed a zip. The zip rack was half empty and there were NO metal pants zips at all. Funnily enough I could have had any size or colour open ended zip I wanted when they are usually the ones I can't get! It wasn't a disaster because I had a longer plastic zip in my stash I could use.
Next up: thread. Spotlight only has Gutermann (other stores have Mettler and Coats as well) so I knew my choice would be limited but I was shocked to find the thread rack half empty as well. Not a disaster either as I knew I had enough close colours in my stash to sew the seams, all I needed was top stitch thread. Guess what? The top stitch thread rack was half empty as well!!!
Spotlight is always packed. No matter what time or what day you go there is at least a 20min wait to get served so there was no point in getting into the line that was already six people long. I went home pretty pissed off. Later that night I saw an ad on television for a 30% off sale starting Monday. What did they plan to sell? The racks were all empty!
After giving up on my jeans I knew I had to sew something. I wanted a quick fix. I want to make some green things when SWAP is done so I pulled this purple and green print knit from my stash. It was actually this fabric that got me on my purple kick a few years ago. I bought it at Sew What in Murwillumbah, which was sold and changed its name and is now closed so the fabric is rather old. The reason it has sat unsewn is because the diagonal print is a hard thing to use in a pattern.
At first I planned to make BWOF 09-2011-108http://www.burdafashion.com/fr/108_B_T-shirt/1437260-1783085-1783088-1783111.html tunic with cut on sleeves but knew the stripes wouldn't match on top of the sleeves, so then I decided to cut the pattern in half so the stripes would chevron down the front. It didn't work! No matter what way I turned the pattern I couldn't get it to work. For the second time this weekend I gave up!
I turned to my TNT Kwik Sew pattern 3338. It's XS on top blended to S at the hips and lengthened several inches. I made absolutely no attempt to match the pattern because by this afternoon I just wanted to have sewn something. Guess what? I love it. The fabric is the most luscious buttery soft rayon knit I've ever sewn with, but I will never buy a diagonal pattern again!

10 comments:

Alison said...

I've had the same problem except it wasn't at Spotlight but rather at Lincrap. Spotlight was well stocked. Lincrap still are not. It's been about 2 months. Thumbs down.

velosewer said...

That Spotlight store needs more than a slap on the wrist for being so poorly stocked. I do however love your top. I'm glad you had a win!

Summer Flies said...

I love that top ... what a win after a terrible weekend of sewing disappointment. Both Spot the helpful sales assistant and Lin... as someone said above are terrible. They are all things to all people and not like they were years ago when they catered mainly for sewing. Look at the craft section compared to the sewing section! (nothing against crafters, ok)

katherine h said...

I'm glad you ended with a win. I love online shopping, but it would be good to have a well stocked local store.

Jenny said...

Gosh, rough weekend! I'm so glad it turned out ok in the end, though. You've made a lovely top!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Well, you deserved some good luck after all that. I can't believe the way the pattern matches on the sleeves! That is a crazy coincidence.

Sharon said...

How frustrating, the stores needs a very good slap on the wrist.

Gorgeous top and even though diagonal stripes are painful, your top looks fantastic. This with your purple skirt, amazing.

kbenco said...

I share your frustration. I am sure it was half empty because of the 30% off sale, they do not want to sell new stock at a discount, the rotters.
Your new top looks terrific.

LadyBugg said...

I am up in Devonport and we dont even have a fabric shop here at all. There is Frank's, but that is only bridal fabrics and Bev's, which is only scrap booking type things. The nearest for me is Burnie or Launceston Spotlight. which is more than half hour to drive there. And even then they dont always have what I want.
Its shocking!

beurreblanc said...

And I though Adelaide was bad!

I nominated you for the Leibster blog award btw Love your work!