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Trudy McGrath

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11 September

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    Sep 11, 2013, 10.18 PMby puffinlove

    Hi Trudy! I’ve seen your comments about a lack of fabric and I feel for you! I know last year I was so strapped for cash, it was really frustrating! But I live in a city with lots of second hand shops so it is usually possible to get your hands on something. But just a thought – have you heard of Freecycle? It’s organised as area groups you sign up to, and people offer, and ask for, stuff for free, just so as not to throw things away. I don’t know where your “somewhere” is in Ireland, but I just googled it and randomly looked up Donegal – there’s someone offering up a Singer sewing machine for the taking! Now obviously it’s variable – that machine might be in bad condition, and you’d probably have to go and get it, but sometimes people put up fabric or sewing supplies. Well, it’s an idea. That said, that Minerva looks interesting – I’ve heard good things about them before – wonder how much the postage is to Belgium! Anyway, good luck sourcing some material!

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      Sep 12, 2013, 10.58 AMby Trudy McGrath

      Awww, thank you so much for that, I will look into it. Yes, we have secondhand shops too and I do get fabrics (bedding,throw, curtains) occasionally but most of the time they are really dirty and old. (I hate when people use charity stores as dumping grounds).
      The downfall of charity shopping is that if you have a particular project in mind there is a little chance to just walk in and pick up the fabric you really need to make the garment. The fabric chooses you really so for example, now, when the weather is so poor I really want to make a coat, but all I can find is summer fabric for cheap. Ah well…I’ll try your tip! Thanks so much again you are great!

5 September

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    Sep 5, 2013, 06.13 PMby Mary Athey

    trudy theres a good fabric seller on ebay.i use sll the time. it dos’nt matter how much fabric you.order its only ,£2.99 postage, i normally save up and get a big bag full. their fabrics a really good price and they also have a clearance section. I got 2 metres of winter white pure new wool plus lining for £12 and then i bought some other clearance fabric and only paid the £2.99 postage. their fabrics really good as well and i’ve never had anything bad from them . its minerva but i’ll get the full name trudy and then you can have a look ok xx

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      Sep 5, 2013, 06.44 PMby Trudy McGrath

      Mary, I would be ever so grateful if you could pass me on the link to their shop to take a look!

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      Sep 5, 2013, 07.17 PMby Mary Athey

      hi trudy, it’s minervacraftsandfabricsuk. i love jersey and they have 170 in their clearence section. good luck x

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      Sep 5, 2013, 10.15 PMby Trudy McGrath

      Thank you so much Mary, I’ll take a look, hopefully I’ll find something now, so eager to sew :)

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    Sep 5, 2013, 04.07 PMby kisses

    Hi Trudy! Good quality fabrics are not here and when you do see them they are very expensive. I have to rely on sale and hopefully at that time I will be able to buy. Most times my grandmother or my friend will buy and I will see small pieces (straps) in fabric store boxes barely enough to make a suit.

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      Sep 5, 2013, 05.59 PMby Trudy McGrath

      Hi Kisses,

      I do the same, waiting on sales to come which is painful plus it is usually last season’s stock, so I get to buy summer stock in winter or the other way around :S I see I’m not the only one here who has this obstacle in a way of artistic freedom :) I’m honestly not looking for excuses for why I can’t do better but I find this a very big holdback. I’m sitting here freezing as it is kind of cold in Ireland now, and I have a pile of summer scrap but there’s no point in making 10 more summer skirts when I already made 20 :S My partner told me stories about Holland, he lived in Rotterdam and in the middle of a market. Fabric stores all over the place, Indian, African you name it selling tons of fabrics for cheap. I’ll try ebay but then again…postage cost is just crazy expensive. Now, I would be the one who sews for the love of sewing but also tries to save on expenses when living on so little. Catch 22…

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    Sep 5, 2013, 10.58 AMby Mary Athey

    hi trudy, its the same here for fabric, i envy people who have fabric markets and big cheap fabric shops. where i live theres none, belfast is 17 miles away and they have 2. one of these i can only get fabric from in their sales and the others in my price range but has next to no fabric. I buy everything now from ebay. zi have a couple of sellers i use all the time. x

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      Sep 5, 2013, 11.33 AMby Trudy McGrath

      That would be the same here, there’s only one store 30 min drive from where I live and a meter of semi-quality fabric is about €30…I’m not talking about wool or anything like that. I wanted to make a nice coat for Winter but the fabric that looks somewhat interesting would be €30/mtr and I would need 3.5mtrs…I would also need lining, interfacing buttons thread etc. It would be about €150 just for the basic materials. I mean I can nearly buy a designer coat for that price and because I’m not a professional sewer I’m always worried if I make a mistake so the material would be gone to the dogs. It’s ridiculous really. I can’t improve my skills because I have nothing to work with so I alter things but I’m quite bored of that now. Back in Hungary where I came from the fabric was affordable and there was such a huge variety to choose from. Ireland is a very expensive country to live in and sometimes I feel it offers next to nothing except for sports :) I’ll check ebay but I like to have a feel of the fabric before purchasing, thanks Mary for the heads up though!

18 August

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    Aug 18, 2013, 03.24 PMby Mary Athey

    hi trudy, i buy all my patterns now from sewdirect. f u subscribe to the mag , its £7.50 every 3 months it qualifies u for a couple of free patterns then you can get all the vogue mccall etc patterns half price with free p&p. x

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      Aug 18, 2013, 04.11 PMby Trudy McGrath

      Thank you so much for the info, I just looked at the website, however, I live in the Republic of Ireland and I can’t see any info regarding shipping fees to outside UK. It’s still a lot less cheaper that’s for sure! I bought three patterns from Vogue now, ones that are not for casual wear :P I’m ecstatic!!! x

30 July

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    Jul 30, 2013, 01.14 AMby JillStraw

    Wow. Jimmy Choos?!? Congratulations on a great prize! Between winning a pair of shoes and the quilt, I hope you’re feeling better soon.. I’ve been feeling down myself lately and can’t seem to get myself to do anything – just finished a dress that should’ve taken 3 hours…took 2 weeks lol. Sew a seam…go to bed etc. I’m looking forward to seeing some of your August issue creations. Cheers.

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      Jul 30, 2013, 09.04 AMby Trudy McGrath

      I still can’t believe it, I will make a little number that goes with them and post asap! :) I feel what you’re saying, I’m sleeping a LOT lately…good sign of denial of something that bothers you but don’t want to or can’t deal with. What bothers me the most though is that I’m dying to sew but the price of the fabric here is just unaffordable. Sewing is a form of relief for me and I really don’t know what to do with myself if I don’t sew :) however, it cost me a smaller fortune which I can’t afford yet. I hope you will get back to your self very soon, try to walk or exercise a bit, it usually helps. Hey ho, we’re only humans ;)

25 July

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    Jul 25, 2013, 08.22 PMby kisses

    Hi Trudy! The August issue is that good? Really I would so love to see them

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      Jul 25, 2013, 08.49 PMby Trudy McGrath

      For me it’s perfect, very slick very boyish though. Full of Celine and Balenciaga replicas…which I love. Not very feminine but there are a few dresses on the romantic side too. Very good value this time :)

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      Jul 25, 2013, 08.58 PMby kisses

      Ok…cant wait to get a copy then. Thanks for the info

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      Jul 25, 2013, 09.07 PMby Trudy McGrath

      No problem at all I’m glad I shared it now :)

25 October

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