Fancy a bit of it, do ya?
Okay, a girl can take a hint.
Carly: ‘I’m hoping to get a wee trip to Walthamstow market soon, is there a best day to go or is it only on certain days?’
Tilly: ‘Ooh I LOVE that fabric. Yet another reason for a pilgrimage to E17…’
Clare: ‘The fabric is excellent, I’m going to have to drag myself out to Walthamstow to stock up!’
Roisin: ‘my friend Alysa and I are planning a visit to Walthamstow Market.’
Kajsa: ‘I am a fellow Londoner and absolutely love all the shops you’ve just listed. Despite the prices, Saeed is my favourite.
These are just a selection of comments on the one part of London I will never tire of banging on about: Walthamstow market. It’s a dressmaker’s heaven as regular readers will already have learned. If you want a more detailed online guide, you can visit this blog post. But why look at pictures when you could be snapping up your own bargains, in person and with ready cash?
For those of you who are interested, I’m going to organise a Walthamstow Shopping Frenzy. I’m not entirely sure a frenzy can be organised, but that’s the pedant in me. Plucking a date out of a hat, I am going to suggest Saturday 19 February. If you can’t make this date, but are still interested in hitting E17, do also add a comment.
My loose plan is:
Meet at Walthamstow Central on the Victoria line.
Hit Walthamstow market and spend our way out of recession! I’ll give each of you a tour guide to the market, with print outs. We’ll move as a pack, but be prepared to split up if needs be. (It gets BUSY on a Saturday.)
Tip a tired but happy collection of Sewists back onto the tube home.
As a sample of Walthamstow shopping, I popped down this afternoon. (The things I do in the name of research – and to avoid that business document I’m meant to be working on.) I need to get started on the V8363:
I’ve had this pattern since November and so far I’ve only cut out the pattern pieces. Get with it, Karen! So I wandered into Saeed Fabrics and asked them to recommend a wool. Immediately, a roll was brought out from where it had been hiding behind several other rolls. The most gorgeous fine herringbone in a mushroom colour. We also found some perfect lining to go with it:
Here’s a close up:
For two metres of wool, two metres of lining fabric, and two metres of canvas for a toile, this came to £16. I also received a free lesson in cutting out off the centre of bolt of fabric and learnt all about the owner’s experiences making clothes and patterns for major chain stores. Moral? Don’t. As he (the very Saeed of the shop name?) so wisely commented, ‘You can earn a little money and be happy, or earn a lot and never see your family.’ I could not agree more.
So come along and meet this wise man yourself. You can also meet a silly woman – me! We could even set up a Flickr group of Walthamstow Shopping Frenzy Makes. The world is our oyster.
Oh, one last thing. Happy New Year!