Mr Tailor Man Part.3 (..the saga continues..)

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Hi guys!

In all my stressing last week over my Minerva make and organising a hen party (which went great by the way!) I forgot to say that I MIGHT have been to the tailor guy's shop again. MAYBE.

Ok, well, as I had said, I couldn't stop thinking about a wool blend in red that I had left behind, so I went back. 

Unfortunately, he also had the same wool blend in a beautiful purple too.

And then he pulled out this amazing 100% green wool that he was also selling. 

Needless to say, the sucker that I am, I walked out with all of it.

What I hadn't realised when I went back for the red, was the price tag. I knew it was £20 - but it had been reduced from £170!

So that was 2 of those.

And the green was reduced to £40 from £346!!

So £80 for £686 worth of fabric. Nuts. I felt horrendously guilty buying it off of him for such a low price, but that was the price that he had set. I have never tried to bargain with him, with the already low pricing, it wouldn't feel right.

How I'm ever going to cut into the fabrics, I don't know. I really wish I had never seen the 'before' price! And it has already been pre-shrunk, so no wool worries about that aspect.

The green wool was actually what they used to make officer's uniforms when they came back home from serving in the army. Tailor's used to have to buy in a specific wool from a specific supplier, and were paid to make the suits from scratch, but eventually they started to buy in standard sizes and tailor them to fit instead.
You can really see why it's so difficult to make a living from being a tailor sometimes.

He had also kept me some special buttons!

These are a couple of buttons made from Stag Horn. Pretty sweet, eh??
Kind of nutty when you think about it.

He ALSO gave me a discontinued suiting sample book, and I have started putting them together to make some patchwork cushions. I'm really happy with how the first one turned out.

And so I'm off again today, to see what treasures are in store.
He rang me last week to let me know that he had a few bags of scraps to give to me (I'm worried I have no more space!). I'm going to enjoy looking through it all and dreaming up what I could possible make out of them! He mentioned that there may even be enough velvet for something wearable!

Wish me treasures!

Emmie xx


  1. Wow! Beautiful fabrics and such an amazing deal :)
    Congrats to you - oh please share what is in the scraps, I'm excited to see those. I always liked digging through other peoples fabric. lol. It tells a little story

  2. He sounds like such a gentleman. He needs cake or something! Enjoy your treasures!

  3. What a great find! It always feels good when you can get hold of gorgeous fabrics at bargain prices! Looking forward to what you'll be making of these (I've bought some wool fabrics recently as well and am still contemplating what to make out of them).

  4. Wow, I'm super jealous of all that wool! What a great price! I absolutely love wool but it can get so pricey. I wish I could go visit this guy! Anyways, enjoy it! I can't wait to see what you make with it.

  5. Oh wow!!! Amazing. Lucky lucky you!

  6. Wow - amazing bargains! You'll be able to make some great things from all that lovely fabric!

  7. Wow, you've done well out of this guy! I hope your next visit is as fruitful! That wool is beautiful :)


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