Oh Sherlock!!

No, I am not in love with Mr.Holmes. I AM Sherlock.

I know! My thoughts exactly.

I was recently nicknamed “Sherlock” by a friend who accused me of playing detective. I was trying to solve an issue for someone close so during my investigations, I approached my friend for some inside information. Needless to say, he did not give me what was I looking for, despite all my pathetic attempts at emotional blackmail.

I laughed the moniker off, and thought nothing of it, until yesterday.

You know how American bloggers always manage to buy fabric used by designers or shops, and we in the UK never ever manage to replicate that? Oh! what? , you did not think I noticed how you always buy fabric from fabric.com or some other place,  that is the exact thing adorning some nameless mannequin in Bloomingdale’s? Oh trust me, I did, and as is my wont, was consumed with envy (story of my life). That ended yesterday.

Yesterday I was strolling about the internet, and decided to check on my crush, John Kaldor. Fear not folks, I am not entertaining thoughts of an affair. John Kaldor, for those who don’t know ( maybe only two?),is a fabric manufacturer. I love their fabrics, and I have been slightly obsessed of late, buying them left right and centre.  I ususally hunt them down on ebay and an online shop called Remnanthouse.

So there I was, having a lovely chat with John, when I decided to stop by the Phase Eight website. I LOVE Phase Eight. If I could afford it, I would wrap my ever expanding curves in nothing but Phase Eight frocks, but as things stand, I do not have the money for such luxuries. I did manage to get a couple of them though during the sale, and I am IMPATIENTLY waiting for the summer sale.

So yes, I went to Phase Eight and what do you know? I saw these dresses:

Don’t you just love them?

Normally I would spend minutes admiring them and having a conversation with myself about the importance of only buying what I need, and not what I want, which often leads to audible sighs of resignation when my practical side tells my not-so-practical side that no, I cannot use that £80 to buy a dress because it has been earmarked for Noah’s nappies and milk for the month. Now this is just one more thing I wish my friends who had kids had told me before I decided to take the plunge into the world of baby wipes and the rest of it.

This time, though, something told me that I had just seen fabric that looked like the dresses. So back I went to the remnanthouse website, and there they were.


Ah, that feeling of elation. I’m sure you all know what happened next right? True to form, I whipped out my card and bought 2 metres of each. I did not blink. There was no need for time wasting. No time to get emotional. With medical precision, I typed in my card details and clicked the purchase button without really knowing what I was doing. The pull of the fabric at its best. I’m glad I wasted no time because I went back to the Remnanthouse website just now to get pictures of the fabric and the links, but alas, they were not there anymore. I guess I bought the last lot they had. They usually have nice fabric, and always stock John Kaldor, so it might be worth checking in on them just to see what they have.

I am impatiently waiting for them to get to me. Hopefully Remnant House won’t send me an email on Monday to say they do not have enough of what I ordered. Fingers crossed. I hope they have them. I really want that black one with the white roses. I love that dress.

Has this happened to you before? Have you bought fabric used to make a dress you wanted to buy? Claire, don’t answer this question. You know why my dear, and yes, I am quite envious of your fabric collection….just so you know.

Have a nice weekend everyone.


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  1. March 2, 2013 / 11:08 pm

    Super sleuthing!!!! Can't wait to see what you whip up with these 2 lovely pieces of fabric – John Kaldor is well worth it…J

  2. March 2, 2013 / 11:48 pm

    O what? You like John Kaldor? Man I wish I'd known earlier-like early last year-I had these two gorgeous JK silks I'd bought from ebay and neither suited me so I gifted them on to *another sewing blogger* who has not done anything with them since XP #$@* If I'd known I'd have sent them to you =S Oh well-is what it is-those dresses up there BTW, the November 2012 issue of Knipmode has that dress pattern as dress 20/21. You should totally grab a copy if you can find it and replicate the dresses.

  3. March 3, 2013 / 2:23 am

    Fantastic detective work, Sherlock!!

    And yes, those fabrics look lovely! Can't wait to see them made up.

  4. March 3, 2013 / 7:48 am

    Awesome score Dibs! I hope the only email you get is a dispatch one. They're both gorgeous and you will look amazing in them.

  5. March 3, 2013 / 7:52 am

    Love the fabric dibs, I'm looking forward to seeing what you make with them

  6. March 3, 2013 / 9:59 am

    Such luck!! I have a similar issue with quilting fabrics and have actually recently discovered that one of my fav brands is a UK brands so they dont even stock them over there! I do have the luck to head over there every now and then so I can always try and get something in particular (and I always look forward to those shopping excursions MONTHS in advance), but it's so great to find something unexpectedly right at your own front door (so to speak). Please post what you make with them, would love to see it!

  7. March 3, 2013 / 10:21 am

    Instant purchase reflex, activated. Nice work Dibs!

  8. March 4, 2013 / 8:49 am

    I am still waiting for my day of fabric finding glory. 🙂 I love that second fabric, that's going to make a really lovely dress.

  9. March 6, 2013 / 9:51 am

    oooh I love John Kaldor fabrics too. I'm hanging on to any I find for dear life now that they aren't made and sold in Australia anymore (even though the company started here in Sydney). To be honest I prefer not to use fabric that ready to wear clothes are made from – one of the main reasons I sew is so that I won't be wearing something that anyone else would be wearing!

  10. March 6, 2013 / 11:13 pm

    SCORE! That's some grade-A detecting!

  11. March 7, 2013 / 1:46 pm

    Those damn Americans and their enviable online fabric shops with cheap shipping. Makes me emerald green (Pantones colour of the year) with envy. I really really hope you got your hands on both fabrics, but that black and white one is glorious. Can't wait to see the finished product.

  12. March 20, 2013 / 2:12 pm

    "Those damn Americans and their enviable online fabric shops with cheap shipping"

    How unfair. I only have 20 or so online sites here in the US. Must have more, more, more. (I hate to add this, as you can imagine, but I live in the EXACT SAME CITY as fabric.com's warehouse.) 🙂