In Wichita, there are two Hancock Fabrics, one on each side of town. Yesterday, while out running errands, I stopped into them both. It was soooo depressing. I used to live in MD before moving to Kansas and that was where I first encountered a Hancock Fabrics. The one there was dingy and dark…but in my opinion, the fabric was better than Joanns. If I didn’t want to go all the way into DC to go to G Street (that’s a sad lament for another day), I’d head up and into Hancocks. That was when I first started sewing.
When I moved to Wichita, I was THRILLED to have two Hancocks, plus two Joanns, plus Needle Nook Fabrics, plus another fabric store called The Sewing Center. The Hancock Fabrics here were both brighter and nicer to shop in, and one was conveniently located really close to my job. I spent many a happy lunch time in that store hanging out with the fabric or browsing the patterns. Now, it looks like this.
I’m sure there are a multitude of reasons why they’ve declared bankruptcy and are having a full liquidation….but regardless of all the reasons, it still makes me very sad. I felt like an opportunistic vulture in there, but really, if I didn’t buy the fabric and patterns that I did someone else would have. I came out with some good fabrics at 70% off, plus a pile of Burda’s and Kwik Sew Patterns that were 75 cents each. While I wasn’t always pleased with the service, or even the fabric…it had the best selection in town.
Here’s some of the fabric that I picked up (the top three in the stack). I also got a box of fabric from Fabicmart Fabrics on Saturday, so the bottom of the stack is from that haul. There’s also an interesting wool blend that’s kind of a mustard/gold color down in the box from Hancocks. I had been eyeing that up for months, so was glad there was still some there.
Here is the pattern haul.
We all know that I’m a Kwik Sew fan, and I’m not above going through each drawer of the filing cabinet looking for the old school Kwik Sews on the nice paper. (The demise of Kwik Sew is yet another lament for another day.) That’s a lot of patterns, and I have a lot of patterns already…but there’s always room for one (or 20?) more. I did buy a few of the newest Kwik Sews because I liked the style…like that one on top. It’s a nice dress and I think the sewing of the two on the cover don’t quite do it justice.
Focusing on actually sewing… I’ve been continuing with the muslin of the Hotpatterns Deco Vibe Sarine. I haven’t had much time to sew in the evenings, but working through this muslin process slowly has helped me to have time to think through the problems thoroughly. Today I wore my muslin with almost all of my tweaks in it and it worked! No shoulders creeping back…no gapping. I’m ready to go in my fabric and have picked some out for a top. I think this will go together very quickly now. One last adjustment to make is to do a small swayback. Another may be to increase the gathers at the front. I think I would like to have just a few more gathers in the part that tucks into the waistband…that’s a super simple adjustment though and hesitate to even call it an adjustement!
Here are the muslin shots:
I think I have my fabric picked out…I just need to lay the top out and make sure there’s enough of it! Please stand by….