You might remember that last year I poster some video reviews of online fabric stores: Fabric.com, Girl Charlee, Wanderlust, and Cali Fabrics. Well, I’m back with another one, this time featuring fabric that Funki Fabrics offered me for free.
(So here’s the disclaimer: Yes, I’m willing to post in return for free fabric – Mood, call me! No, free stuff isn’t going to make me say anything other than my frank opinion. I mean, I already got the fabric, I can say whatever I want! And as it happens, I had to pay $25 customs fees, which would be enough for me to buy an equivalent amount of fabric locally. Ok? Ok.)
I’m sure you’ve seen other bloggers talking about FunkiFabrics, but here’s the quick rundown.
- They specialize in synthetic stretch fabrics (what I’d call spandex, but perhaps that’s a brand name?). If you want to sew a swimsuit, dance costume, etc, this is your place. They also have some velvet, net, lace and workout fabrics, all stretchy.
- They have a crazy website that takes a long time to learn to navigate. I swear, scrolling through to see all the fabrics takes a good 30 minutes, and the organization is not the most intuitive.
- They are based in the UK, and fabric runs 12-20 pounds per metre. That’s not cheap, and it’s a more than I’d pay in my local specialty shop… but it seems a fair price for a good product, particularly if you are in the UK.
Ready to see some fabric already? Watch for when Frank the cat knocks stuff over off-screen… and if the embedded video doesn’t work, try this link!
(Clear I do not have a second career coming in TV or film production – but I hope it was useful to see fabric in action!)
Here are links to the bloggers I mentioned , as well as a few others who have been sent Funki fabric:
- Two On, Two Off: This girl can work a Jalie pattern like no one else! 1, 2
- By Gum, By Golly: Love her galaxy dress!
- Miss Crayola Creepy: Super cute leggings, but it’s the velvet leopard skirt that I covet!
There are more, but you can google as well as I can! 😉
I still haven’t decided quite what to do with the fabric… I’d make a swimsuit, but I never swim. I like the idea of using it to work out the kinks in a lounge bra pattern, but I do wonder if spandex will be too sweaty as a bra. Would it help if I lined it with mesh? I do think the black supplex will be perfect though. All I’m looking for is some bras to wear to the laundry room to avoid shocking my neighbours, or to wear while doing yoga in my living room, so no great support is needed. I do need to track down elastic and findings though…
Do you have any plans to sew lingerie or bathing suits this year? Seems like swimwear was all the rage 2 years ago, and now it’s jeans and lingerie… I wonder what will be the next sewing fad?