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Hoodlum | Posted in Gather For A Chat on

I am Kim, living in Worcestershire England. I have been sewing since childhood but working as a dressmaker since 2000.

I do lots of alterations (have been working with an expensive ladies dress shop) but also commissions for daywear and (less frequently) bridal. I had a bad time working for a bridal studio and find bridal work leaves me very stressed ( dressmaking by committee) and prefer to do work for people with physical difficulties.

I love sewing and would love to do more experimentation but I also keep horses and between clients, family, and animals I find any spare time a luxury.

Fabric stores are becoming a rarity in the Worcs area. Is this the same in the US?

Would love to hear from anyone who loves sewing and horses!



  1. suesew | | #1

    Hi, Kim and welcome. When we moved to this small midwestern US city 30 years ago there were 9 places in town to buy fabric. Only one of those sources remain and then Walmart moved in with their pretty junky choices. Driving to bigger cities doesn't really give us much of a choice either. And I generally don't like buying on line. I like to know what my fabric feels like. Happy sewing, Sue
    PS We love to visit Great Britian.

  2. lovestosew | | #2

    Hi Kim,
    We visited London & Surrey many years ago - what a wonderful trip! I've always wanted to go back but finances never worked out... There is only one fabric store left in Houston that has decent garment fabrics and I am so glad it is still around. Otherwise, one is stuck with three horrible alternatives - Walmart, JoAnn's or Hancock's. I, too, love horses - wish I had been smart enough to train as a vet - that would have been my ideal job!

  3. user-167104 | | #3

    very much the same problem here. There are other threads talking about, and I talk about in one that I live in a city of about 30,000 and there are NO fabric stores, have had a Joann Fabrics but that just closed recently. Now I have to go out of town, but I also got some good internet sites that have some good, reasonably priced fabrics. I also have a major problem with walmart being the place to buy fabric. I don't like most of what they have and don't understand why people would be satisfied with it.

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