Blogiversary Giveaway with ClothSpot

ClothSpot £40 Giveaway

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.

Floral fabric from ClothSpot

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.

Herringbone Wool Tweed from ClothSpot

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…

Mrs Depew 1930s Resort Top

A 1930s resort wear top in navy blue and white spot draping viscose fabric

1930s photoshoot

1930s dress in muted burgundy doubleweave red suiting fabric

1920s green and purple silk blouse

1920s blouse in Pre-Raphaelite inspired green and purple floral silk

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.

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*The giveaway will run from 14th March 2016, until midnight 20th March 2016 and is available worldwide. The winner will be drawn and notified via email within 3 days of it finishing. The £40 voucher must be used at the ClothSpot online store within 2 years from the date the winner is drawn.

Cate

Just a vintage gal suffering from the Golden Age syndrome. Lover of all things old, lingerie obsessive, crafter and enjoys rummaging at flea markets.

49 Comments

  1. Lovely!! Love your burgundy dress! ( well love all outfits, but burgundy dress my very favorite!)

    • Thank you Ivana, the burgundy one is my favourite too. I was having a good look at all your hats over the weekend and have added several more to my wish list. I really need to stop spending my money on fabrics so I can buy one!

  2. Oooh, this is so cool! I’m in the midst of making a 50s style summer skirt and a 1920s hour dress, so i could use some cool fabrics

    • Excellent! Well, if you win you will have to show me the end product. I always love to see what people have made.

  3. I really like the soft lavender cotton gingham fabric. I think that would make such a beautiful dress or skirt for summer.

  4. Oh what a great giveaway! I must confess after your last post I am completely smitten by their range of fabrics and I love the way they give each fabric an extensive description, it makes it much more temping as you feel confident you are going to buying something that will actually fit your needs!
    I’m actually currently trying to decide how much to buy of their gorgeous Forties Floral lawn, as it would make a fabulous summer tea dress, once I can settle on the perfect pattern that is! xx

    • Hoorah, another ClothSpot convert! I know what you mean, you really feel like you know the fabric before you’ve even touched it. You can really see their passion they have for what they do. xx

  5. All the fabrics look really lovely and I love your style. I think the burgundy one is my favourite though. I really like the way that Clothspot show the fabric draped on a dress form rather than flat on the page. Makes it much easier to imagine as a garment and videos are a fantastic idea! Must go and have another look at their website…

    • Yes, I have to agree with that. So many sites just show a flat square image of the fabric that doesn’t really give you any idea of the feel and fall of the fabric. ClothSpot do this very well.

  6. The Powder-blue flowered gold chiffon fabric is amazing. I might need to get this!

  7. Oh my! I hadn’t heard of this site before, but they look lovely!

    • They’ve had a few Art Nouveau/William Morris style fabrics which have all been very tempting. I’ve resisted so far, but I know I will succumb eventually! x

  8. I wasn’t going to enter, but changed my mind. After all, if I were to win it would be a sign from the Sewing Gods that I DO need another hobby after all. I bookmarked Clothspot after you mentioned them ages ago, even though I can’t sew. It’s nice just to look at the lovely fabrics and dream…

    • And you could make those gorgeous 60s dresses from the patterns you bought! I spend far too much time looking at lovely fabrics and dreaming. x

      • Yes, I’m thinking 60s dresses/tops would be a great starting point as they’re so simple.

  9. I like their website, everything is nice and clear and you get great pictures of the fabrics. I am rather partial to 1950’s style blue roses and there is a sky blue rose and sage green leaf print which is lovely.

  10. Happy Blogiversary! Congrats on two years! I’ve never heard of the ClothSpot before! But oh my thank you for introducing me! 😉 I love all of their fabrics but if I had to pick one I think it would be the Jasmine and wisteria-grey floral linen mix fabric! It would make the perfect summer dress!

    • Thank you Emalee. I’m glad you’ve fallen in love with ClothSpot too, you’ll be addicted from now on!

  11. What a super idea for a giveaway. It really does sound like a lovely shop!

    As a novice sewer, I am contemplating trying to make a few basic clothes to get me going – that lovely resort wear top looks doable, what pattern did you use and how hard was it? I can sew straight and have experience with tricky fabrics like silk chiffon, but can’t for the life of me do zips or button holes. Thanks,
    P x

    • The resort top may look simple but it’s really not, especially the pattern, so I wouldn’t recommend it. Something like this shell top would be a good place to start though – https://jaycotts.co.uk/products/nl6483. It pulls on over your head and has one button at the top of the back neck which you could change to two pieces of ribbon to tie together to make it even more simple. xx

      • Thank you for the advice. I’ll see how I get on, I might try something simple with a free pattern first to test my patience… x

  12. How exactly is one supposed to choose only one favorite fabric?!? 🙂 So many wonderful fabrics, thank you so much for this giveaway, I had never heard of this shop before, now I’ve added it to my favorite bookmarks for future reference. Just lovely! Choosing only one fabric I think it’d have to be the ‘Winter gardens’ floral blue satin fabric, it’s gorgeous!

    Congratulations to your blogiversary and all the best wishes!

    • Thank you! I know, they’re all so incredible which is probably why I buy from them so often 🙂

  13. Oh wow. My mind is officially blown by all the gorgeous fabrics they offer. I better wipe off the drool from my face before anyone sees me. Thank you so much for this giveaway, it’s truly brilliant.

    And have a very happy blogoversary!

  14. Lovely makes!! Thank you so much for a chance to win! Great give away!

  15. What a great prize! Thank you. And for introducing me to a wonderful new online shop too 🙂

  16. What a great fabrics. Thanks for sharing this company and giving us the change to win some of these nice fabrics. A vey nice giveaway for a sewer.

  17. Hi, just found your lovely website via Clothspot, your makes are just gorgeous, I love vintage style and as a fairly new dressmaker am determined to hone my skills so that I am able to make beautiful garments like these.

    • Hurrah, good for you taking sewing up as a new hobby. If you ever have any questions, do let me know.

  18. I love Clothspot! I have two fabrics I bought from them which are just too gorgeous to cut into. But I really need to take a deep breath and just see them up! I love the Camel boiled wool they have right now.

  19. Ivory-leaved, sky-blue printed cotton lawn fabric is lovely

  20. Lovely website. I love the Copper-flowered cotton twill fabric as it looks very retro. Thankyou for a fab giveaway x

  21. I love Clothspot fabric – my current favourite is the coral indian flower lawn (I have been trying to resist buying more fabric until I use some of my stash, so winning a voucher is a perfect excuse for something new!

    Happy blogaversary and thanks for organising the giveaway!

    Louise

    • Thank you Louise! Yes, that fabric is beautiful. I’ve just bought a metre of the matching coral linen mix to make a skirt, I just couldn’t resist 🙂

  22. I love this fabric High summer’ sky blue rose-printed cotton fabric, it would make a great summer/spring top and would certainly brighten the day the print is just beautiful

  23. What a lovely site! I’ve fallen in love with the Coral-floral printed purple cotton poplin fabric – would make a beautiful shirt or dress x

  24. What a wonderful find. I would love to make a cardi from the Delicate silver-grey lace-knitted jersey fabric. I have a pattern but haven;t found any fabric I like until now.

  25. Im just a beginner so I would make a dress with the cotton ‘Spring bouquet’ lilac printed fabric’. Btw I adore your green hat, ive made a cloche hat at a Millinery course which was so much fun

  26. I think I have found my new favourite shop! I love it all. I really like the Delicate white-flowered grey cotton poplin fabric

  27. What a lovely giveaway – I’ve used Clothspot before and really loved the quality of the fabric they sent me!! Congratulations on your blogiversary too!

  28. so excited/surprised by the wonderful color of the ‘Summer glow’ soft apricot cotton fabric. I think some 30’s style slacks would be great in that fabric

  29. That is such an excellent point regarding the maturity that reigned throughout much of the fashion seen during the 1930s. I’ve been struck by that before, and equally fascinated, but the blend of youthful and mature that then prevailed throughout the 1940s and (perhaps even more so) 50s.

    What a treat to see these fantastic garments and outfits again. Each one is utterly breathtaking on you!

    ♥ Jessica

    • Aw, thank you Jessica, that’s very sweet!

      Yes, the 1950s to me always seem a very youthful decade, I guess because it was when teenagers really started to come into their own. However, the wives and mothers always took on the ‘look’ of the time, just in their own stylish way. I always feel that when you see older ladies depicted in the 20s they just look a bit like their desperately trying to fit in with the younger crowd but don’t quite pull it off. I think Downton Abbey gets around this really well by not dressing Lady Crawley up like her daughters, she has much more of a sedate, teamed down 20s style. xx

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