Goldhawk Road Fabric Shopping Adventure
Anybody who lives anywhere near London should take some time out to visit Goldhawk Road and Shepherd’s Bush Market. While the areas around Berewick street in Soho might have some gorgeous fabric shops, Goldhawk Road is the place to go for quality but cheap fabrics. Everything from cheap and cheerful polyester, to fun printed cottons, […]
Anybody who lives anywhere near London should take some time out to visit Goldhawk Road and Shepherd’s Bush Market. While the areas around Berewick street in Soho might have some gorgeous fabric shops, Goldhawk Road is the place to go for quality but cheap fabrics. Everything from cheap and cheerful polyester, to fun printed cottons, to pure silks, faux fur and asian embellished fabrics. Every shop is like a treasure trove of fabric, it’s impossible to not find at least one thing in each shop you visit!
My recommended route is to get the train to either Shepherd’s Bush overground or the underground station, and walk over to Shepherd’s Bush Market. The market has loads of haberdashery stalls and some fabric stalls, but really this is the place to get your cheaper bits (calico, plain cottons for toiles etc). Save your main fabric money for Goldhawk Road, which you’ll find at the opposite end of Shepherd’s Bush Market once you’ve walked through the whole thing.
There are around 15 fabric shops and they are stacked full with rolls of fabric. Some of them have lower ground floors, upstairs, little caves off to the sides. It’s amazing and the fabric is piled high. You’ll need to root around to find some goodies.
The prices here are cosniderably cheaper than anywhere else I’ve found in the UK. That isn’t to say that everything you find will be “cheap”. There are a lot of luxury fabrics on offer but they are reasonably priced. Expect to pay £13 or so per metre for Liberty Tana Lawn for example. Expensive, but much cheaper than the £22.95 price direct from Liberty. If you know what you’re after and know what you’re buying, you’ll be fine.
Haggling is OK but don’t push it. It’s not the same as the market. If you think the price is fair then don’t ask for more money off. You can usually get them to round down if you purchase the end of a roll, or round down if you’re spending a considerable amount (e.g 10+ metres) in their shop.
My Goldhawk Road Fabric Haul
I went with a budget and only splurged on one thing! Well done me!
Liberty Tana Lawn – Neon Leaf Print
I found one particular shop filled with Liberty prints. Obviously these cost about £22 p/m direct from Liberty. The prints are gorgeous but the real luxury is the fabric’s softness. Tana Lawn is a very lighweight thin fabric, perfect for summer dresses or skirts. My plan is to make a pretty summer dress to wear on my holiday in Spain. I purchased 3 metres for £40.
Pink French Crepe
This french crepe is definitely polyester, based on price, but actually it’s really gorgeous. It makes a perfect lining and I plan to purchase more of this in a few different colours to use as a go-to lining. It’s soft and silky enough to allow movement inside a jacket, but it’s not got that shiny plastic feel to it. This was £3.99 p/m.
Cream Faux Fur
This fabric was the most per metre, at £30. I only purchased a half metre. This is going to be used to create a detachable collar for my cashmere coat project. The collar will be cut from the coat pattern piece but will attach with buttons and ribbons so it can be removed. Hopefully there will be enough left to create some detachable cuffs too!
Cobalt Blue 100% Silk
This was my accidental splurge. I fell in love with the colour but it was £13.95. In another shop, I found the same fabric for £12 p/m. I planned to buy 2 metres but it was an end of roll, 2.75m left. I purchased the end of roll for £33, or £11 per metre. A really great price for pure silk. I have already picked out Lekala 4253 to make with this fabric.
Calico and Interfacing
A bit boring but a neccesity! The calico is mid-weight and will be perfect for toiles. At £2 p/m it’s much cheaper than my normal calico purchases. I also got some lightweight fusible interfacing and some mid-weight too for £2.50 pm.
So overall a very good trip! I’ll be back again in 6 months when I’ve used up all of this. It’s so worth it to go instead of ordering online, as it’s less than an hour by train from my home in Surrey.