Now Sewing in South East Asia…..

I’m baaaaaaaack! It seems like a lifetime ago I was packing up my sewing chattels in South London. The last few months have been a whirlwind, to say the least. New home, new job, new life! I couldn’t imagine sewing even a few weeks ago but a few fabric shopping expeditions and the arrival of my sewing machine last week have seen the return of my sew-jo! I have enjoyed taking a break from sewing as it had become a little too all-consuming. That said, I’ve got a few nice new pieces that I can’t wait to get started on.

I wanted to share a few of my fabric shop finds. I’m slowly finding my way round my new neighbourhood and have been totally reliant on you fellow bloggers to point me in the right direction. So it’s only right that I do the same. 

My first outing took me to the fabric shops of KL, which seem to be clustered around one area of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (Jalan TAR). The big stores were Gulati’s, Euro Moda, and Harisons. Taste’s a subjective thing, isn’t it? I didn’t manage to part with any of my Ringgits. I found a lot of brightly colored synthetics that wouldn’t help me to keep my cool in the tropics. There were one or two reasonable cottons in the more expensive shops but nothing to write home about. I’ve since heard that there are other places for sewists in the know and have made my first trip to the legendary Australian craft superstore, Spotlight.  Next on the itinerary was a very quick stop in Bangkok. In my one spare hour I headed straight for China World Mall: three floors of fabric heaven located in the Pahurat neighbourhood. Jill at bbkquilt.com talks about Kimono House being an amazing place to find high quality cottons. She wasn’t wrong! I nearly hyperventilated when I saw Cotton & Steel fabrics on sale! 

 I bought some lovely fabrics here, including some shibori dyed cotton, and am dreaming about when I can next get to Bangkok. China World Mall is well worth a visit, particularly when speed is of the essence and it’s too hot to pound the pavements.  

My last field report is from Hong Kong, where I’ve fabric shopped before. All signs point to Sham Shui Po according to Google. This is Hong Kong’s garment district, raved about by bloggers the world over. In previous visits I was never sure I’d found the exact block on Ki Lung Street as all I came across were wholesale shops with samples on display, and nothing like the frenzy of fabric buying that other bloggers write about.

  This time I found Traveller’s Yarn’s post about shopping for fabric in Sham Shui Po and made a beeline for Moon Yue Piece Goods (125-127 Yu Chau Street). O.M.G. What can I say? This place was exactly as described. He sells end-of-bolt fabrics from high end designers and stocks mainly silks. So the big question for me is what am I going to make with 6 yards of Shanghai Tang silk??  

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20 thoughts on “Now Sewing in South East Asia…..

  1. Helloooooo! Glad you’re back, you’ve been missed! Your fabric shopping is a stark contrast to me wandering round John Lewis! I think you should make a jumpsuit with your silk then you won’t feel too left out of the Jumping into June antics 😃

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      • No need to be scared, especially at that price! When I went on my recent course just a few things to remember – a fine sharp needle (a blue janome one if you’ve got one is good too) and take lots of care cutting out especially making sure it’s cut out on the grain. Rip the fabric to get a square edge. good luck and have fun!

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  2. Wow- I had no idea they had Cotton & Steel at Kimono House! I guess it’s been a while since I popped by there. Grabbing my walking shoes and heading out now 😉

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    • They had so many lovely C&S fabrics including the mustang one that I love but probably wouldn’t wear. Sorry to have missed you. It was a short-notice flying visit and all your posts suggested you were in the U.S. at the time. Would love to up next time.

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  3. Hmm, I went to china world (2 yrs ago now though) but I didn’t find much fabric at all, certainly didn’t find kimono house – maybe I wasn’t in the right place?! Hope to get back to BKK one day ;o)

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