Monday, April 24, 2017

Sewing Garage Sale a huge success!

This year's Sewing Garage Sale was a huge success!  With the new, larger facility we were able to hold more stuff and more shoppers!  When I arrived at 7:45 a.m. to assist with the set-up, there were already people in line outside waiting for the doors to open - and some of them brought their own chairs to sit in!  Now that is dedication!

Here we are all set-up right before the doors opened at 9:00 a.m.  Just look at all of those tables full of fabric and sewing goodness!

And here we are fifteen minutes later with everyone inside and shopping like mad:

I have no idea what the final number of shoppers was, but as you can see, it was alot.  Everyone was in a good mood and their bags were full!  I did try to contain myself this year and only buy pieces that I could visualize as a garment or had a pattern in mind for it and I think I did fairly well.  Here are some of the great fabrics I purchased along with my plans for them:

This is a beautiful knit 3.25 yards for $9.00 from Denmark.  I think it will sew up well as Vogue 8512 which coincidentally, I also bought the pattern at the sale:

Another great knit is this angular print that will sew up nicely in a wrap dress - Simplicity 2369.  It was 2 yards for $4.00.

This sweater knit I have nick named my "Lava Lamp" fabric and it was labeled as coming from Mood Fabrics originally.  It was 2.5 yards at $5.00 (I'm sure it's original price at Mood was much more than that!).  I am seeing this one as Sandra Betzina's Vogue 1375 long vest with a black trim on the edges.

These two fabrics will become a t-shirt of some description.  The black crinkle knit is from Peggy Sagers 2.25 yards for $4.00 and the black/white/grey cotton lycra blend was 1.5 yards for $3.50.  There is enough of the black crinkle knit that I can probably squeek out another t-shirt too.
This knit just feels like butter!  It's from Emma One Sock and is a design from Theory.  I can see this as a turtleneck.  It was 2 yards for $8.00 - a bit much, but it feels glorious!

This red cotton holey knit is from Emma One Sock.  It was in two separate pieces for a total of 2.25 yards for $3.50.  I'm thinking a cardigan or jacket or sleeves on something.

This mixture includes from the top clockwise - a black/grey/white knit that will be a long sleeve t-shirt - 2 yards for $4.00.  The red will be an accent to a tunic from The Tunic Bible - .75 yards for $1.00.  The blue/white/black gauze I'm thinking will be a shawl of some sort - 1.75 yards for $2.75.  The lime green mesh will be used in workout wear - 1.5 yards for $1.00.

We are getting near the end of my haul - just a few more to go!  This black and purple reversible fabric was 2.66 yards for $5.25.  Not sure what the content is, but I'm thinking a skirt of some sort.

This green and teal reversible knit will be a Marcy Tilton t-shirt.  It was 2 yards for $5.00

I'm a bit behind with the cold shoulder trend, but I think this knit will look nice as McCall's 7468.  It was 2 yards for $6.00.

This white knit was sitting all by itself so I thought I could give it a good home.  Only one yard for $1.50, but maybe it can be sleeves on something?

And lastly, we have this gorgeous Italian stretch jacquard in black and chartreuse.  It was only 1 yard for $2.50.  Not alot to work with here but I'm thinking of pairing it with a plain black to make a vest.

So that sums up my fabric purchases from the sale.  I bought a total of 30.5 yards of fabric and in addition to other goodies (patterns, notions, etc.) my total spend was around $80.00.  Not too shabby!

I hope everyone who attended had a great time and a special kudos to the lady in line who reached out to me to tell me she followed my blog!  Whoop!  Whoop!  Thank you!  It's always a pleasure to meet fellow sewists!

Happy sewing everyone!



  1. Replies
    1. Yes it was! I am very happy with everything.

  2. What gorgeous fabrics and great pattern ideas.

    1. Thanks Jane! I hope they all work out as planned.

  3. Hi I did a lot of damage myself at the sale. I told a friend and she said you don't need to buy any fabric for another year. If only that were true.Janie ( the lady you met in line)

    1. Yeah Janie! Good for you! Thanks again for stopping me in line!

  4. Wow thats some fabric haul!! What great finds. And a brilliant turn out. Looks like a dressmakers dream :) Speaking of dream... not to ruin the moment but did New York just get a few more years away ;) !!!!

    1. OMG! That is exactly what the DH said when I brought everything inside! I'll get there eventually!