Several weeks ago, I had an idea. I thought it might be fun to drive the 2 1/2 hours to Rockville, MD during my spring break for a return visit to G Street Fabrics, which has always represented "Fabric Store Mecca" to me. Then, serendipitously, I learned three of my cousins, whom I seldom see because they live in Georgia, would also be in Rockville during that time. So, we had a mini-family reunion and I got to buy some nice fabric.
I went to G Street twice during my short stay in Rockville. My non-sewing cousins were with me during the first visit. Fabric shopping with people who don't sew puts a damper on things, so I went back alone the next morning while everyone else was sleeping-in and I had a much better time. I wasn't rushed and no one offered opinions on the prices I was willing to pay. (G Street is not cheap.) But, thanks to information from Cidell, I knew to visit the $2.97 tables and found some nice pieces.
The following pieces came from the $2.97 table.
A natural colored linen and a cotton plaid
A 2-way stretch ecru gabardine and a cotton print
Since I saved so much by shopping the $2.97 tables, I splurged on this matte jersey knit.
I found these when I went back the next morning.
A cotton bottom wieght and cotton shirting with subtle checks
Of course, the pattern assignments are subject to change
Several days before my trip, I read on the web-site G-Street Fabrics is moving from its Rockville Pike location. I spoke with one of the sales associates about the move. I learned all of the stores in the shopping center are moving because the shopping center is being replaced with condominiums. G Street's Rockville location is the largest fabric store I've ever seen. The sales floor has a departments that are almost as large as some entire stores I've visited in both Philadelphia and New York City. There is also room for Bernina sewing machines and sergers, patterns, classrooms on the main level and home dec fabric on the lower level. The new location will not be as large. I'm curious about how they will fit everything into a smaller space. I guess I'll have to go back after the move in this summer.
These purchases mark the beginning of my Spring/Summer sewing season. With these purchases and my patternmaking project, I should have enough to keep me busy for quite some time.