Even though the weather wasn't the best, I had a lot of fun, visited quite a few fabric shops, charity shops, vintage shops, pubs, tearooms, had lots of tea and ale and gin... oh yes, I felt very British! I even tried some (fried) Haggis (nibbles) in Glasgow and liked them!
I also got to meet Katie from What Katie Sews while I was in London, and we spent a fun couple of hours at Ray Stitch and went for a pint afterwards and Katie showed me a bit around Islington, which was lovely! In my excitement, I managed to take exactly zero photos of that, so you'll have to believe me...
So, first things first, right? Ray Stitch had a very pretty fabric selection, lots of nice jerseys and wovens and some very nice haberdashery. The best thing about it, I think, was the selection of indie patterns. They had a lot of Colette and Named, Papercut, Tilly&The Buttons, By Hand London, Sew Over It... And some lovely sewing books! I actually was a bit overwhelmed with it all and conscious of my one suitcase that I shared with my love, so I only got some Merchant&Mills glass head pins and a little Package of Liberty scraps, to be used for little details like fabric-covered buttons or plackets and stuff like that.
Liberty of London, mostly just to have a look around. I love-love-love touching that wonderful Liberty tana lawn, but I really can't imagine wearing a whole blouse or dress made from it.
Maltby Street Market. Btw, does anyone else love checking out grocery stores in other countries? I could spend hours doing that, no kidding...)
One other stop that I definitely wanted to make was Sew Over It. I've had my eye on the Joan dress for quite a while (I have the perfect black double knit with flocked polka dots for it!) and one of the branches is in Clapham, only two tube stops from where we were staying. They also had a lovely fabric selection, mostly an incredible amount of pretty woven blouse and dress fabrics...
That of course I had to buy the perfect fabrics for those two patterns while I was in Glasgow. :-)
The one on the left is a cotton lawn fabric, which I bought it at Remnant Kings in Glasgow. Navy and polka-dots and roses! Remnant Kings has a smallish but nice selection of dressmaking fabrics amongst a lot of home decor fabric. I also saw some very pretty royal blue linen, but knowing that I also wanted to visit Mandor's Fabric Store, I refrained from buying anything else.
At Mandor's, I found the navy polka-dot rayon fabric. So soft and silky! It reminded me of a shirt dress that I tried on years ago at a market in Sydney, which sadly didn't fit right, so I guess I really had to buy it. :-) Mandor's is also a really amazing place, they stock pretty much every fabric you can dream of. I was fascinated by all the bridal laces, so pretty! And woolens, tartans, jersey fabrics, cottons...
Although there are surely a dozen more fabric and sewing shops in London and Glasgow, that was it for me. I had to leave something for the next visit, I guess, and I didn't want to stretch my family's patience too f ar. As it was, I may have visited one or two charity shops too many (without buying more than a bangle and a dress, both in the very first shop), and got several rolled eyes for it. ;-)
Overall, though, I think we managed to indulge most everyone's whims, found a nice balance between the obvious sights and the less obvious, fun places.