I had very little space in my suitcase so I determined to just buy a tiny bit of fabric, and I wanted it to be Liberty.
Yes, the Liberty store, but I didn’t buy anything in spite of the sale. The store is always worth a visit though as the building is so stunning.
Brick Lane, Shoreditch, where I was staying had a few fabric shops, and this one did have some appeal in spite of the rather dodgy exterior. No Liberty, but some other quite nice fabrics; but no sales to me!
Then Mark and I took a little detour to Old Brompton Road, Shaukat Fabrics, to be precise, which was almost wall to wall Liberty. Not as cheap as Mood Fabrics, but a much larger selection.
I focused on the Liberty knits as they are hard to buy at home, and came out of the store with three different selections of knits, plus a metre of Liberty Tana Lawn.
Looking guilty here, and rather rumpled.
I did buy some vintage printed pin cord and a Liberty scarf at a local vintage store, which had quite a bit of fabric as well as lots of other amazing temptations. The store is Porcelain and Red and was literally round the corner from our apartment. The sisters who own the store have a blog which I’m just beginning to explore and which looks really interesting. Check out the post on Biba, for example – just wonderful. But the best thing? They post to Australia! Oops, that might be the worst thing!
Apart from fabric, I did indulge in the English sweets of my childhood. I did buy some in Hardys, which had loads of things I remembered with some nostalgia, and I managed to corrupt Mark with Dewdrops.
I also found Chocolate Hobnobs and bought a couple of packets to smuggle back to Australia, although Archie quite liked them to my dismay.