Sunday Stash #195 – Singapore Sling 01
A few weeks ago I went on my first trip to Singapore, which was a smouldering success! Not only did I have the best time exploring a new-to-me city, I managed to find several fabric shops that got me all hot and bothered. At least I think it was the fabric, it could have just been the Singaporean heat! My main shopping destination was the fabric market in the People’s Park Market. It is confusingly located above an outdoor food / goods market, but once you find your way in, the aroma of dumplings fade away. I had quite a long chat with shop keeper, Meiling at Malin Textile where I bought the majority of my fabrics. She told me they get many of their fabrics imported from Japan, and it’s often a grab bag of who-knows-what, so the available textiles is always rotating with old and new alike. For me, this makes shopping exhilarating because you never know what lurks at the bottom of the pile! The other grand business: on average, most fabrics were about $10.00 Singaporean dollars per metre, which equates to about $7.30 USD ($9.60 AUD)! So when the minimum yard cut is a metre, you don’t really mind because you’re already winning! Needless to say, this Singapore fabric buying expedition is going to take a few posts to cover all the new stash additions!
I’m not a crazed Cotton + Steel fanboy, but I could not walk past this Sardinha in Blue Metallic from Sarah Watts’s From Porto With Love collection. It also comes in a gold metallic, which I’ll definitely be looking out for. I’m interested to see how this one looks when cut up and reassembled. As y’all know I’m not an “animals on fabric” person, but silver metallic trumps that rule. I’m not sure where this other teal fabric comes from, but with its pop art, graphic motif, how could I not?
These Architextures Crosshatch basics had to come home with me. I’m a sucker for a tone-on-tone print! These pieces had been previously cut at different lengths, so to remedy that I just bought them all. I know you understand my rationale, no fabric left behind, right!?
Now isn’t this one of the weirdest fabric things you’ve ever seen? I’m probably being a big ignorant goober here, but does it not remind you of a Liberty print? It even has a similar feel and hand of those luscious goodies, but again, at a quarter of the price. I couldn’t find any information on the selvage, but the print reminds me of stacked books a la the library in Beauty and the Beast. (Did anyone else grow up with a life ambition of having a library like that? Now we just call it a Kindle.) Again, this could cleverly be used as a tone-on-tone print that would add little pops of other colours for even greater depth. It’s a winner!
The last piece on this round of show and tell is another Cotton + Steel, this time from Rashida Coleman-Hale’s collection Raindrop. This is Geo Drops in Denim, but as you can see from the positioning of my picture, it’s raining diamonds! That was the first thing I saw when I pulled this roll from the Malin Textile wall, and I’m just gonna keep on believin’! The other marvellous thing about this two metre piece is that there was a barely there printing error, so I got it half off. Bam!
It wasn’t until I got back to Sydney that I realised I had missed a few shops that are located in the same area but on the other side of the street. Ah well, I guess I’ll just have to go back to investigate! If you’re going to be in Singapore, I did a lot of my on-the-fly fabric research from this great post at blog Sew What? about Fabric Shopping in Singapore. There’s even pictures of the shop fronts so you spend less time getting lost on the street, and more time getting lost in the fabric!