Sydney Spoolettes go South

By Susan | Comments: 14 | June 9, 2014

I missed putting this up last week in the excitement of Everyone Deserves Pretty Knickers week, but seeing as we all had such fun going south I thought I’d share with you the Sydney Spoolettes day out.

We met up at Ikea and perused their fabric section (and I didn’t even venture near the kitchen section which I’m normally such a sucker for).

From Ikea we went to Metro Fabrics which is directly across from Ikea. It reminds me of a big old style industry supply place as there are rows of bra trims, sliders, hooks and eyes. Other swim and lingerie trims and plenty of swim lycras, jerseys, sports specific knits and lingerie fabrics.

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Those of us who came by public transport grabbed lifts with those in cars down to Pitt Trading which is to the south of Ikea. It is a treasure trove! Filled with fabrics, trims, accessories and wonderful knick knacks like china cups and other goodies.

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A not in focus @cherrypix in the appropriate black, white and red section.

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The lovely @kathborup showing off her gorgeous cotton pique dress with contrast collar.

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Melanie of @MissPiggyEats having a look at the grey fabrics (that check she had her hand on was divine!)

It’s the kind of Aladdins cave you want to know about if you have to make a dress to wear to a wedding or looking for a special fabric.


Everyone lining up to make their purchases. Thank you to the lovely ladies of Pitt Trading who rewarded us with a generous 20% discount on all purchases made on the day.

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This watercolour floral was gorgeous, cotton stretch sateen. Just my kind of fabric, but in true stash busting mode I left it behind. If anyone does buy it can you send me photos of your make so I can live vicariously through you?

pitt 1Neon sequins! This one was killing me it was so awesome. It hurt to leave it behind but I don’t have a need for it at the moment and I can’t justify adding more “just because” fabric to the stash…but I’m certainly keeping it in mind and maybe later in the year might reward myself with some. Also note to self, when photographing the top shelf get a taller person to take the photo!

We rounded it out with a pub lunch at The Intersection hotel across the road where much laughter was had.

If you want to come hang out with the Sydney Spoolettes, come join the facebook page to know about the next outing. It’s so much fun and everyone is really really nice.


  • Velosewer
    June 9, 2014

    So happy we could venture south for fabric. There’s always an array of fabrics at Pitt Trading.

    • Susan Goodwin
      June 9, 2014

      It was so much fun, you organised a fabulous day! Pitt Trading is certainly one I will be keeping in mind.

  • Kirsty
    June 9, 2014

    How on earth did you leave that cotton sateen behind!!! And oh those fluro sequins. Eek. So much temptation. Did you buy anything? Must. Get. To. Sydney!

    • Susan Goodwin
      June 9, 2014

      The sateen was tough but honestly it was tougher to leave that sequin behind! I have an idea of what I want to use it for and I’ve set it as a goal that if I achieve some big goals then it might just come home as a treat!

      Yes, come to Sydney to come shopping and eating with the Spoolettes!

  • Michelle
    June 9, 2014

    Oh my goodness! The Canberra spoolettes need to refer back to this post for when we finally do our day trip to Sydney! Looks like a great day was had.

    • Susan Goodwin
      June 9, 2014

      ohh when are the Canberra Spoolettes coming up? We could organise a super dooper day and show them all the good places for fabric and food.

      • Michelle
        June 10, 2014

        Well I think a few of us are headed to Frocktails in September!

        • Susan Goodwin
          June 11, 2014

          Yay! I wish we could make frocktails into an entire weekend of workshops and outings, would be so much fun.

  • Emma
    June 9, 2014

    Wow bummed i missed this shopping trip, looks like fantastic fun.

    • Susan Goodwin
      June 9, 2014

      We missed you too! Hopefully you can come to whatever is the next meet up? Am sure we will be back to Pitt Trading it was great.

  • Kristy
    June 9, 2014

    You did show a remarkable amount of restraint on the day! I was too busy buying fabric I don’t need to take photos, so thanks for sharing yours – now I can explain to my husband what goes on when we all get together…..

    • Susan Goodwin
      June 9, 2014

      I’m glad to help with the photographic evidence!

      Stash busting is really hard but am starting to see ever so slight gaps appearing so I’m very pleased with the progress.

  • Amy
    June 12, 2014

    Arrrgh you’re killing me with all this gorgeous stuff. I wish so bad I was in Sydney.

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