Rare finds make a fab­ric oc­ca­sion

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - By JESS LEE

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.

Photo: JESS LEE

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.

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