The German Influence
February 1, 2012 § 3 Comments
Last year, while I was still in New Zealand, I was volunteering with an organisation called AFS. AFS helps young students all over the world experience cultural high school exchanges to many different countries, so we can all learn to live in peace through knowing and respecting more about other people and cultures. My older brother and I both completed exchanges, him to Belgium and me to Italy, so my family decided it was about time that we hosted someone in return. This is how I now have a lovely host sister from Germany. Emma lived with my family in New Zealand for 8 months and as with many people who have visited my childhood home, she was drawn in by the allure of my mother’s ENORMOUS fabric and pattern stash. We helped her learn to sew and she also took the Fashion and Design class at the local high school as one of her subjects and I can now happily say that she is just as obsessed with sewing as I am.
Emma came up to Denmark over the weekend and I FINALLY had someone who was willing to spend a day just going around all the fabric stores in Aarhus. My idea of a day in Heaven, but not my boyfriends. We went to the store “Stof 2000”, which I have been frequenting a lot so far, as it’s close to town, and I found some great stuff on the sales table and in the rests bin.
I have to admit, I love the soft and floaty feel of, what I think is called (the label is in Danish), “Viscose Cotton”. The fabric hangs really well as it still has a bit of weight. Three of my new fabrics are this so-called “Viscose Cotton”, and I have already made one of them in to a garment I have nearly finished and will hopefully be able to post about in the next few days. Watch this space – or should I say, the space above this. The black material is some thin stretchy Imitation Leather, like the fabric you use for leather look tights. Not too sure what to do with it yet but it feels really nice plus it was cheap Dolce and Gabbana. Who would pass that up?
I am happy to report I have found a large store called “Stof og stil”, sort of like Spotlight in Australia and New Zealand, where the fabric is not priced through the roof and there is a reasonably good range. Only problem is, is that it is way out in the suburbs and takes around 45 mins to get there from leaving home and getting to the store. Ah well. All the more reason for me to stock up at one time!
The thread there is ridiculously cheap for Denmark (12Dkk = $2 USD for 1000m) so I grabbed a few reels in neutral colours which I knew I would use. The only problem is that I have no idea how to tell the quality of threads to know whether is is good or not. Bags of buttons were on sale too so in to the cart they went. The buttons match the (again Danish labels) “Matte Satin” I found perfectly and I already know what I can make with them.
With my stash increased considerably, my “vacation time” will certainly be filling up!