After realizing I'm no clothes making genius, I've become a hardcore bargain shopper until I'm more accomplished, and they always have some things on sale so I keep an eye on their website.
|Julie's Pick June Mailer|
It's $50 for a year's membership & a $25 gift certificate to use. ($ decreases as the year progresses but doesn't include the gift certificate) You get a swatch mailing each month & the fabrics can only be purchased during that month.
I haven't found a lot of things that really intrigue me in these six months, partially because I'm not big on the Pantone colors of the season. They have a good variety of fabrics in them though, and some pretty good prices too. It's very nice to get to see and feel them first.
On the bright side I've started sorting the little 2" squares into color groups, and am planning on trying to make a little quilt out of it once the year is done!
|2 1/2 yards of pink beaded fabric|
|latest mystery bundle|
Wondering if I dare to make some hot pink leggings...I could wear them for gardening!
My apparel stash is uh...much more copious than my quilting stash so I don't shop unless I have a specific thing I want to make. This month I ordered $50 of fabric so I could get a free bundle of 25 zippers (for zippered pouches galore). They were having a really good sale so I resisted browsing anything but the sale sections and I stocked up on $1.99 and $2.99 fabrics, I was doing a self directed spring palette project with 10 items but got distracted by quilting. I was able to get fabrics that will either be the muslin or the actual stuff for a couple of dresses on my list, some micro rib knit to make a tank top from, and some lace I'd been eying for awhile that I will save for some future use. I even managed to score some $2 a yard denim to try my hand at my first pair of jeans.
Anyway, if you make or are interested in making apparel, I recommend checking out Fabric Mart. They often have a couple of photos of each fabric that demonstrates both the print and the drape. If you purchase $150 at once you become a permanent premium member and premium members almost always get one additional special sale in addition to the regular ongoing ones - a free bundle or X% off a certain type of fabric.
I'll also add that the fabrics from Julie's pick & bundles aren't ever included in sales. Bundles come tied in a plastic bag but usually fabric isn't protected by plastic or anything inside the box, I always have to hope the UPS guy doesn't leave it exposed to rain on the porch. Nevertheless I've been generally satisfied with most of my orders. Phew that's a wordy post!