Yesterday I posted about meeting sewcialists in Montreal this past weekend – now it’s time for a fabric haul, because you KNOW that I can’t turn down a good knit!
There are tons of places to find about about Montreal fabric shopping, like Sew-Eng’s detailed map and her recent Seamwork article, and a rundown by Heather from Closet Case Files. (Toronto people, we are falling behind! Do we have similar resources for the GTA?) I went the easy route though – drive wherever Heather wanted to take us!
We checked out St. Hubert, with lots of little family-run shops – a lot like Queen West, in Toronto, aka. somewhere I like to browse but never buy. We also went to a big store called Tonitex, which had a great selection of fleece and quilting cotton (if you are into that sort of thing!) My spiritual home though was GlobeTex – a big, dimly-lit warehouse with knits stacked to the ceiling! (They do carry other stuff – wool, non-stretch denim, um… other stuff… I just looked at the jersey, ok?)
It ain’t pretty, but it’s great!
Here’s what I got, and a little more about the store itself:
(Are you giggling at my intro/outro? I know I am! The thing is, when I film a video, the first and last frame always seem to be me in some bizarre derpy expression, and that’s the frame that ends up being frozen at the beginning or end! So I figured, how hard can it be to make a little title clip? Answer: HARD! I tried about 5 different online video editors AND iMovie, and then gave up and did it in YouTube instead. Now, of course, the problem is that the film quality from my old iPad looks even worse next to crisp images… Must. Not. Buy. New. Gadgets!)
It’s always fun to explore fabric shopping options in new places, but I do feel pretty luck that I’ve got two fashion districts within an hour or two drive from where I live. (And I’m going to one of them today!) In the end though, I’m a small-town girl and I do like certain things about shopping locally – like prices on the fabric! I’m really shy about asking what the price is on something, and even more reluctant to haggle. (I can haggle just fine in, say, India, but I feel like that kind of haggling might be too aggressive here!) Where do you shop most: chain stores with cheap and cheerful basics, well-curated indie shops and family-run places where you pay for quality, or bargain-hunting at markets and warehouses?
PS. If anyone has video editing advice or suggestions on cheap options for better-quality filming, I’m all ears!
PPS. As always, my other Fabric Haul Videos are linked in the lefthand sidebar!