Tuesday, 16 April 2013

I go to Berlin, I buy fabric

I just had a fun weekend in Berlin with my husband and father-in-law. We saw the majority of the all the sights, and on Sunday my husband and I found an awesome vintage and flea market in trendy Prenzlauer Berg. It was huge. If I lived in Berlin, which I would very much like to, I think I could easily kit my house out in the coolest vintage furniture. Oh and those tea cups for my wedding I spent months hunting down? This flea market was full of them. Next time, I'll get married in Germany! 

As any good seamstress would do, I did some pre-trip investigative work on the old web and found a fabric shop in the district we were staying - Mitte.

We left my FIL at Checkpoint Charlie while we quickly hopped on our bikes and rushed off to Frau Tulpe before it closed. If you want to see me cycle fast and break a sweat, tell me there's an awesome fabric shop but it's closing in 30 minutes!

I didn't know what to expect - the website looked awesome with a multitude of retro-inspired prints. I could also see that they stocked Michael Miller so I was hoping to find that elusive flamingo fabric I am after. When I got there, I felt like I was in Project Runway. "Right Designers, you have 30 minutes." Less than 30 minutes to choose from a fabric sweet shop?

Okay, Tim, but I am not promising anything, plus do you have a towel to wipe my sweat moustache?

First of all I chose my Michael Miller fabric. Alas, no flamingos but they did stock the 'ant maze' that I love. I think this print is so cool. Not sure what I will make from it yet, but for now I just like looking at it.

Somehow, I managed to summon up some order in my dizzying head and asked the sales assistant if they stocked fabric that was made in Germany. She showed me a little shelf with the cutest prints. These are 100% cotton and produced in Cologne.

I can't tell you how much I love this Little Red Riding Hood print. I bought whatever was left on the roll, which I think was just under 2 metres.

This fabric is also German and features foxes, bunnies and squirrels.

Not to be left out, my husband picked this out for a shirt. Funky Mr Szabo.

Scarily, those four pieces alone came to around 150 Euros. I think it was a good job that I only had a little time in that store, it could have got messy. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to look at their trims or buttons - they were quite strict on their closing time, but I guess they didn't care much for a sweaty girl from London.

At the flea market in Prenzlauer Berg I of course stumbled upon a fabric stall. And this fabric was a much happier price of 3 Euros per metre! I found this awesome monochrome material.

This actually feels like a silk cotton to me. The seller burnt a corner and it smelt right and burnt right, so I am pretty happy with this purchase! Bargain.

Shortly after I found these vintage German shoes! Only 10 Euros.

So, any suggestions for this collection of fabric? Keep it 60s and Clarey :)

1 comment:

  1. I'm loving that red riding hood print too! Not sure what I'd make since its not something I'd wear, but its pretty to look at.