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Where I shop for fabrics

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Hi Everyone!

A week ago I was contacted by Alex from Sewrendipity, who is running a very interesting project to build a directory of fabric shops around the world, as written by sewing bloggers and sewing lovers. She has invited me to contribute with a guide about Vilnius’s (Lithuania) best fabric finds and I gladly agreed to do so, as I have a wonderful spot I love to shop at and would like to share with you as well!

Though Vilnius is approximately a hour away from city where I live, I visit it every two-three months, solely to buy fabric for upcoming projects. As some of you might already know from my Instagram,  I don’t like clutter, thus I try not to stock on fabric or threads (or anything without purpose, for that matter) and every fabric in my stack has a garment planned already – that’s why don’t mind visit fabric shops rarely, as it keeps me away from temptations, ha!

Year and a half ago I very accidently stummbled upon fabric store Danesa (located in Vilnius, Lithuania) and it instantly became not only my favourite store, but only store I buy my fabrics at!

The thing I love most about Danesa is that they have everything any dressmaker needs: thousands of different fabrics in different colors and prints (cotton, wool, knits, faux furs, sportswear fabrics, etc.); any imaginable color of thread, ribbon, button, zipper; mannequins; hardware for sewing machines; beats for decorating; appliques; scissors; and the list goes on and on – they seriously have everything! Their wide selection allows me to quickly pick everything I need for the project, while big assortment of fabrics allows me to get lost there dreaming of what to make next.

I also like the staff there: not only are they friendly and helpful, but they are also very fast – though the store is always filled with people, I never had to wait longer than a minute to get my fabrics cut! Admitedly, it’s a very big plus (anyone likes to stand in lines? No? Thought so, same here).

As for the prices, I can put it like this: you can find some cheap fabrics, you can find some expensive fabrics and it all depends on what you want. My purchase basket ussually falls somewhere in between and I pay something like 11-15 Euros for a meter on average. I always leave happy with my purchase, so I would say it’s a fair price to pay for quality, good selection and helpful staff!

I know a picture says a thousand words, so I took a few photos of Danesa during my last trip there – let’s take a look around!

Couples of aisles in Danesa, heavily filled with fabrics – it’s just a part of what they have, as there are probably 12-15 aisles like these:

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They carry a spectacular assortment of faux fur (took a photo of my favourite ones, too):
You should see the assortment for threads – it’s stunning! Two big walls of big cones, each around 2.5 meters high; five or six walls of regular threads – if you cannot find a matching thread there, I don’t where to look else!

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And of course the zippers (just one aisle out of two made it to the photo, though):

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Hopefully you liked this short review and I am glad I had a chance to share my favourite spot with you! Thank you Alex from Sewrendipity  for the idea!

Best wishes, Julie

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DID IT MYSELF: my first coat!

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Hello Darlings!

Hope you are having a great and productive Monday!

I have just returned from my short 4 day trip to Milan, Italy – one of my this years goals is to travel more and I am glad to be adding first trip to the list until January ends. Milan was beautiful, full of great food and sunny weather (+10 degrees Celsius compared to -12 degrees we are having locally – I felt like in tropics!) and, of course, one of the best places to shop (great deals on every corner – it’s officially sales season!). A short break was very needed and I am feeling refreshed and energized – ready to tackle new adventures, goals and sewing projects!

Talking about sewing, I would like to show my very first coat, parts of which you might have already seen on my Instagram. Though I attempted making coats in the past, none of them were wearable for various reasons, mostly because of my lack of skills; this time, however, it was successful as I had my amazing teacher showing every unclear detail along the way. So here it goes – my very first wearable coat!

One of the main reasons I failed with making coats in the past was critical fitting issues, especially in the back – fitting either makes or breaks any coat or jacket, so if the fit is not right, the entire look is not right. The pattern is drafted by myself and it was one of the key ingredients in achieving such great fit in this coat (trust me, learning the basics of pattern drafting is a really useful skill even for begginers – it helps a ton in achieving great fit and understanding construction better).

The thing I like most about this coat is invisible button closure – I saw this technique on one of the designs at school and I just knew I had to try it out myself. P.S. Here is a quick how to make such hidden closure!

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As for the pockets, I went for welt ones – nothing says “timeless classics” as these ones!

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I also added some beautiful lining to spice up the inside – probably the most golden lining I could find, but it definitely brightens up the entire look.

Though I consider this coat fully finished, I am tempting to add a removable faux fur collar to it – what do you think about this idea? Yay or nay?

Hope you liked this coat and check in later this week for the quick tutorial how to make such hidden button closure!

Best wishes,

Julie