You’ve probably seen me mention ClothSpot as my favourite fabric shop before on the blog, but trust me this is no exaggeration. I love their stuff and honestly, I think I spend more time on their website than I do on trawling through all those lovely vintage goodies on Etsy. Their fabrics are just stunning, really stunning and I’ve bought five lots of fabric from them already this year. I’m seriously addicted! So, when I was putting together my blogiversary giveaway plan I knew one company I would love to get involved would be them. Thankfully they were as excited about teaming up as I was.
So, why do I gush about them so much? Well, let’s start with the fabrics. The way ClothSpot puts it is they sell proper, grown-up dressmaking fabric from suitings to frock fabrics, wools to cottons and silks, vintage-style fabrics and serious wardrobe basics and I’d heartily agree with this statement. What you won’t find here is cutesy novelty prints or quirky girly designs, this is seriously grown-up stuff! And every single one is just beautiful. You just know that a lot of time and consideration was put into choosing each one.
This suits my sewing style perfectly because I always think of the 1930s style as being the grown up version of the 1920s. The 20s was all about the young Flappers but in the 30s these girls were wives, mothers and very elegant, stylish women. And talking of the 30s, ClothSpot tags most of their fabrics with what decade they would fit into, so it’s really easy to find something relevant to the era you’re sewing. All you have to do is put 1930s or 1950s etc into the search bar. Simple!
They have also just recently started adding videos to some of their fabrics to show how they hang and move on the body. This is just brilliant because you can really see whether a particular fabric is going to be too stiff or too heavy for something you’re wanting to make. I’ve never seen any other fabric shop do this. Another helpful area they have on the site is their new in section. ClothSpot adds new fabrics to their site every Friday so there’s always something new to drool over.
ClothSpot are passionate about the end product and what you’ve actually made with their fabrics. This is because they’re all seamstresses (sorry, I hate the word sewist!) themselves and being in charge of a sewing machine is where they feel happiest. This really shows in their wonderful ClothSpot Creations blog where they show off their customers’ hard work. And yes, I’m on there a couple of times!
They love their customers and are so unbelievably helpful, no question is too small or too silly. Not only that, they will send out samples for free. Yes, you read that right. FREE!! And no, you don’t have to faff about sending them a stamped addressed envelope (do not get me started on the fabric shops that do that!), you just have to send them an email with what you want and where to send it to and a day or two later they fall through your letter box.
Now I know what you’re thinking, with all this they must be really expensive, right? Well, no, not in the slightest. You can buy a metre of simple, but beautiful, cotton for about a fiver. Their silks are around an average of £14 and their wools range from about £7 to £25. The burgundy double weave drape fabric I used for the 1930s dress below was just £6.95 and it was super wide. I bought 4 metres of it for just £27.80 plus postage (which isn’t as expensive as many others) and have made the 30s dress, a 1920s cardigan (photos coming soon!) and a 1930s skirt from it. I still have a little bit left over too.
See more of what I’ve made with ClothSpot fabric below…
So, on to the giveaway, one lucky winner will receive a fantastic £40 voucher to spend on anything within the ClothSpot online shop! And you have a whole 2 years to spend the voucher, which means you don’t have spend it all in one go. The giveaway is available worldwide, so anyone can enter.