Rare finds make a fabric occasion
Calling all material guys and girls.
Crafty sewers can get their hands on some vintage fabrics and designer off-cuts at the Freemans Bay Community Hall during the Auckland Fabric-A-Brac event.
The sewing crowd is renowned for having cupboards overflowing with fabrics, the event’s coorganiser Grace Samuelson says.
‘‘It’s a great excuse to clear out any spare fabric you have or pick up something new.
‘‘You might not be able to buy a lot of these things at regular shops. A seller may have been on a shopping spree overseas and never ended up doing anything with the fabric – it’s quite unique in that sense,’’ she says.
The event will raise funds for Mercy Hospice Auckland.
Stalls will sell modern and vintage fabrics and haberdashery items and there will be a cafe.
Samuelson says it is a great feeling to be complimented on a piece of clothing you’ve made from scratch.
‘‘I love sewing and fabric – I wanted a creative outlet and I found that I couldn’t find stuff in the shops that was the right arm length or that would fit right,’’ she says. ‘‘People will often ask me where I got the clothes I have made myself.’’
This year’s event will feature live music and a crafting corner where people can learn more about the art of crochet.
It will be held on August 23 from 9am to 12.30pm at 52 Hepburn St.
Material girl: Fabric-A-Brac co-organiser Grace Samuelson will be in her element among the different prints and materials at the fourth Auckland event.