|Castlefield Basin, Manchester|
But I also used this occasion to visit one of my favourite fabric shops in the whole world - Abakhan Fabrics on Oldham St. I lived in Manchester in the 90's, and as a poor student who wanted new clothes, Abakhan became one of my favourite haunts.
The main reason I liked it so much was the ground floor, where bales are piled up with offcuts, which are priced by the kilo. You never new what would be in store - there was always an abundance of off cuts from local manufacturers, so there'd be piles of Christmas fabric in July, or an influx of Hawaiian prints in winter. On this visit, they seemed to have an abundance of 'John Deere' branded tractor print! Here's a sneaky photo I took of the bales of joy:
And of course, it's super cheap! I bought 2 pieces of fabric, each roughly 3 1/2 m, so approx 7m in total. The price - £14!!! That's about £2 per metre - BARGAIN! And here's what I bought:
A cotton print of vintage guitars and sheet music. I think this would make a great dress.
A lovely tropical print; the photo doesn't really do it justice, but the colours are quite subtle, giving it a 40's feel.
Of course, it wasn't all sewing. We visited Rusholme and stuffed ourselves on Curry Mile (for those of you who've never been to Manchester, it's a bit like Brick Lane, but bigger, better, and cheaper). We spent Valentines night in a 'traditional' Northern Tiki Bar called Keko Moku -
Drinking 'traditonal' Northern drinks like Zombie and Fog Cutter:
|A pint of Zombie|
Once we recovered from that night, we explored the sights. We had a look at the old Granada TV building, the home of 'Coronation St':
|I love that font!|
|Book me an appointment!|
Isn't it gorgeous!
And that was Manchester! See you soon...