Faux fur, Faux leather And A Genuine Hot Dog

Hello loves! well, the darling husband has a birthday this weekend so we took ourselves off to London so that he could visit his favourite comic shop which is handily in Berwick street, home to all the best fabric shops!it was a perfect opportunity to buy some fabric for a Mollie Makes project (more later).

As we were strolling down I spyed this……

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Yes a wildly gyrating Queenie, i’d love to know what she thought!

Into the fantastic Berwick Street cloth shop, I think the windows give you an idea of what is to be found in this stuffed to the brim gem of a shop……

I found these two to make this project……

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The good news is I have enough fabric to make a couple, so they will eventually be in the Etsy shop and the icing on the cake was meeting a lovely man called Vasilis who teaches at the London College of Art! He showed me some gorgeous gowns his students had made, he will be emailing these too me but is leaving soon for India- when I have them I will give you a bonus post!

A quick pop in the art shop and then to Gosh comics for the birthday boy, something awful happened inside dear reader, I bought stuff!…………

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I am obsessed with Harley Quin and the Suicide Squad characters and will be pimping my car out in her colours. I have no reasonable explanation for the manga book..

By this time we were famished and as my husband and by default daughter are partially german we went to Herman Ze German, that is not an awful stereotypical faux pas on my part, its called that! these hot dogs are the real Mccoy imported from the black forest. I have no idea why, but I took no photos of the food, instead here’s the lovely interior…

I had a veggie wurst and sauerkraut which is a superfood according to the Hemsley sisters, not sure how they would feel about the cheesy chips..

Finally, a tired walk down to chinatown, we popped into M and M world but I can’t show you what I bought as its a birthday present for my little bro’.

we popped to our favourite supermarket, for the essentials……………

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And a peek at the brand new gate, how gorgeous is this……

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If you fancy any of these delights heres your links:

theberwickstreetclothshop.com

goshlondon.com

hermanzegerman.com

chinatownlondon.org

Have a lovely week.

kisses

 

Karen

 

Oh Deery Me!!

Well, my planned trip to London got off to a very scary start! We take our dog to a day care facility when we are out all day, and during our journey there, we hit a deer! There was no chance of avoiding it, the poor deer managed to run away, I hope it’s OK.

When we got to London feeling very shaken, the whole event was put into perspective by the tragic death of a cyclist that had happened just as we arrived at Victoria Station. If any of you cycle on the roads, please,  from the bottom of my heart be very careful.

On to happier matters, we made our way from the lovely Liberty,

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to the streets of Soho, and the original Yo Sushi in Poland Street, sadly without its beer serving robot!

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A trip to Yo set us up for a walk down the road to Berwick Street and our first stop….

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The embellishments were out of this world…

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And the silks and satins were amongst the best I have ever seen…

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And how about this fabric, embellished with giant pailletes…

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We bought this stunning embellishment for my daughters prom dress…

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Find them online at http://www.silksociety.com.

With our purchase in hand we visited both of the Berwick Street Cloth House stores. The first carries beautiful cottons and linens and huge range of trims etc, the following pictures are from the second store which is beautiful inside,

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and carries more luxurious fabrics, look at these velvets,

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They also stock really unusual trims and vintage buttons

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And as we all can’t get there when we want something, the good news is , they are online at http://www.clothhouse.com.

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From there, we went to look for trimmings,  we found New Trimmings Ltd, this my darlings is heaven!! It is about the size of my front room, but has EVERY type of ribbon, trim,button,bead and sequin you can imagine!! Have a look at just the pink and purple sequins..

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Maribou trim to die for…

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Here is just a small selection of the beads…

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And finally a tiny view of the ribbons…

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They told me that they have a bigger store around the corner, but by that time I was so overwhelmed by choice I think my head would have exploded! Again you can find them online at newtrimmings.co.uk.

At this point it started to snow and we called off our visit to Kleins and headed home. My view of the day? this is where you head for serious fabric, for that special project when you need the very best. I’d like to thank all the stores for being so welcoming and giving permission for these photos.

Have you got a favourite fabric shop? Would you like to see all my purchases? How about a fringed clutch tutorial?

Be careful out there,

Kisses

Karen