I kept it kinda quiet since I wasn’t able to meetup at all, but I was in Virginia last week for some quality family time. I got a good amount of running and working in alongside all the familying, and I also took a trip to the local Hancocks while I was there, too.
The sign outside did not instill much confidence.
I knew I had both limited suitcase space and funds, so I really tried to stick to my list and only buy fabrics I knew I’d use. Thanks to Stacy, I also had the new Vogue Donna Karan leggings pattern waiting for me on my arrival, so I was keen to get some ponte for those, but alas, the pontes in stock were very poor quality!
In terms of fabrics, I picked up two really nice viscose lycra jerseys which had a nice, soft hand and great recovery – one in turquoise blue, and the other with a black, mustard, and orange splatter print. Both ended up being on sale (the blue for about $5/yd and the print for about $7/yd) at the counter, too!
Despite the fleece signs out front, did they have a single sweatshirting (aka “sweatshirt fleece”) in stock? Umm, no. No they did not. When we asked, the clerks sounded equally annoyed and exasperated that whomever does the ordering didn’t think to buy any in amoungst the tacky petroleum-based mountains of regular fleece…
Otherwise, I just stuck to the haberdashery on my Sewing Shopping List (always on hand in my phone!). I go through a ridiculous amount of 3/4” (2cm) waistband elastic in all my leggings as I prefer it to 1” (2.5cm), but the latter is usually all I can find. Hancocks had 3yd lengths of the 3/4” for $2.50 though, so I rifled through the elastic bin and bought all they had! I also needed some machine needles, orange overlocking thread, and zippers (dear god, zippers are so freaking cheap in America!!), so those rounded out my purchases.
The fabrics were great padding for glass bottles and jars in my checked luggage, and the other stuff was small and lightweight, so I think I did alright!