Sunday, June 26, 2011

Fabric Shopping in Shanghai

I spent a wonderful day with a friend touring neighborhoods in Shanghai.

One of the places we visited was the fabric market.  There were at least 3 floors.  At each of the stalls, the people running the booth would make you a tailor made garment.  Usually the garment takes about a week.  In one case, there was a particular dress I was interested in and she said she would make it in 2 days!  (I liked the one that was violet and green.)
The friend I was with says she will get cotton blouses made there for about $15 US dollars.  She would pay $50 in the local mall.
This women was selling 100% silk for roughly $20/meter.  The dress in the background would cost you roughly $100 made from this silk.   
I didn't see anything I would call quilter's cotton but I did get some fabric.   The solid blue piece is 80% silk.  The blue with flowers is a heavier cotton and the brown with flowers heavier still.  I'm thinking that they would all make nice bags.

Happy Stitching!


  1. What lovely fabric - everything looks happy. I could probably have spent a lot of time just looking. Lucky you with your purchases. Judy C

  2. Oh how much fun!!! A custom dress in two days? I would have ordered more. :-)

  3. Oooooo... three floors of beautiful fabrics... heaven!


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