Inspirations and adventures

Fabric Shopping in Edinburgh

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Hello all!

My Instagram followers already know (sorry for the repetition, guys ;-)), but for the rest of you: I just returned from a two week round trip in Scotland. And oh, it was a wonderful trip – not least because I was able to do some fabric shopping in Edinburgh! I am a big fan of the British indie patterns, and the fabric in which they are sewn up (I’m especially in love with Sew Over It and Tilly and The Buttons!). Somehow you don’t get that kind of fabric choices in Germany – or at least not in the shops that I usually go to (if anybody has some recommendations for fabric shops in the Munich area, please leave a comment down below!). So I was on cloud nine when I got to spend an afternoon fabric shopping in Edinburgh. I even put in some research beforehand and prepared myself with “Sewing City Guide” from The Sewing Directory.  The only thing I hadn’t thought about: small businesses are not open on a Sunday in Scotland… that only left one store: Edinburgh Fabrics. But well, better than nothing!

So I left my husband in the hotel and went off to Edinburgh Fabrics. What a treasure trove!! Beautiful fabrics, wherever you turn. Right by the door, there is a huge shelf with Harris Tweed and Scottish Tartan.

Serious tartan love going on here!
More tartan and some boiled wool for the cold weather!

I was extremely tempted, but let reason prevail – Scottish Tartan might look great in Scotland, but is probably not very wearable in my Munich environment… I spend about an hour looking at and feeling all the fabrics. Amazing choices!!

I would have liked every single one of these…
There were even some wild animals present 🙂

In the end, I chose a pink fake silk and a blue viscose with flower print. I want to make the Hot Pink Crepe Dress from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book out of the pink fake silk (I know, very original to use pink for the Pink Crepe Dress… but you can never go wrong with pink, in my opinion ;-)). The blue viscose is going to be the lining for my Sew Over It Chloe Coat. I just signed up for the online class for that one, and recently bought a beautiful lightblue/greyish coat material in Krakau. I also wanted to buy an open ended zipper for the coat, but didn’t trust myself in the end – I didn’t have a fabric swatch from the coat material with me, and I was afraid I would get the colour wrong.

Unfortunately, this real silk was slightly above budget…
Here’s my Chloe Coat lining in style with a tartan cup of tea 🙂

Anyways: If you ever are in Edinburgh, I can highly recommend a trip to Edinburgh Fabrics!

I’ll leave you with two non-fabric-related pictures: We stopped in a wonderful tearoom while in Edinburgh. And above this great cake “exhibition”, they had mounted a little collection of antique thimbles… how great is that?

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Update: On our last day in Edinburgh, I managed to squeeze in two more fabric store visits: I went to the Dress Fabric Company and Remnant Kings. As the visits were quite spontaneous, I didn’t take any pictures, but I wanted to tell you a little bit about both stores in case you want to go: The Dress Fabric Company is a small store, owned by a very charming lady. The store specializes in dress fabric (who would have guessed..), with a focus on wovens. They do have some jerseys and sweats, but the selection is limited. All fabrics are of great quality and aren’t cheap – they even have material for bridals gowns on offer! The designs are very pretty, and if you are looking for something special, this is the place to find it. Remnant Kings on the other hand is a spot for bargains. The selection is huge – the store spreads over two storeys, with the ground floor being dedicated to home décor fabrics. The first floor holds their selection of dressmaking fabrics and haberdashery items. They have a lot of jersey and sweats, but also a great number of wovens – and most fabrics have a very small price tag. I went so crazy that I had a very hard time stowing all my fabric within the baggage allowance! I will link up my makes from my “Edinburgh fabrics” here, so over time you’ll get a picture of my fabric haul!

Linkup to makes from my “Edinburgh fabric:

SewHouse7 Toaster#1 from lightgrey sweatshirt fabric

Sew Over It Alex Shirt Dress from tropical viscose



  1. Ann Pearston

    Am just starting to sew again at 63! Going to visit the Edinburgh shops and wondered where the lovely cake shop was. If you can remember which shop it was near, or the road, or the cafe name that would be great. Thanks, Ann.

    1. Melanie

      Hi Ann, I don’t remember the name, but it was on the main street leading down from the castle to Hollyrood house. Closer to Hollyrood, and if you are walking from the castle, on the left side! Have fun in Edinburgh!

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