New fabrics

I went to Durban (a large port city about 90 km from where I live) today and visited a large fabric shop there. My original plan was to go to two shops, but it took me about an hour to find the first shop, so I didn't have time to go to the second. (This is what happens if you don't look at a map before visiting a city you don't know very well.)

I discovered that they had a large stock of printed lycra, and also sold short pieces by weight. I bought some fabrics for lingerie and some for tops.

I love this floral nylon lycra - am planning to do a fun bra and panty set.
The soft brown is a viscose lycra that I want to make a strappy top from. (The colour is nicer in reality!)
The rose pink is also lycra, but with a suede-like feel to it. Also for a camisole-style top, maybe enough left over for a bra or panties.
The blue fabric is denim-look lycra with a silvery sheen to it. It is one-way stretch and will end up as a bra. Maybe with jeans-style topstitching!
The pale grey fabric is cotton knit with a teal floral border print. I thought this would work well for a top for my daughter made from the border. The colour is maybe just a little too light grey for me, but maybe I'll make a matching mother-and-daughter set. Not my usual thing, but could be fun.
I also got a nice piece of powernet and some one-way stretch tricot lining fabric that I want to try out for adding support.


  1. Jos said

    Too bad you have to drive 90kms for such wonderful fabric, but better for the money :-)

    Sigrid said

    Nice fabrics. The floral will be such a fun set.

    Liana said

    I love the material. just wondered where in Durban did you find it, and which was the 2nd shop you had to give a miss? i do know a few places of where to get hold of such materials and would love to share the info

    Tina said

    Thanks Jos and Sigrid! I am looking forward to that floral set!

    Liana, I went to Waste Centre at 670 Umgeni Road. I also wanted to go to Fabric and Textile Warehouse at 870 Umgeni Road, but had not time. Would love to hear of other shops that sell lingerie materials!

    Handige Handjes said

    Tina, het ziet er allemaal heel mooi uit...ik vind de floralstof heel vrolijk..zal vast een leuke, zomerse set worden.

    liana said

    the other 2 shops I know of are "snippets" in Pinetown and the crafters shop in Mayville. The 2nd shop also sell beads and many kinds of lace as well as trimmings. Then there is a shop in South Coast road "Lunas" it also stock a wide varity of material, lace etc. Wast Centre has a Pinetown branch as well.

    Tina said

    Thanks for letting me know about these shops, Liana. Much appreciated! Pinetown is much closer than Durban and I will definitely visit all of these - when bank balance allows ;-)

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