Fabric Haul Video: Animal madness

I’m a big fan of YouTube vlog type things and I’ve fancied having a go for a long time. I’ve even filmed a couple of videos before – one a sort of video email to a friend of mine who moved away and the other a rant about the cost of curly wurlys – and I really enjoyed it. It was what I wanted to make videos about that was the stumbling block for me. So when I read this post from Lizzy at Song of the Stitch on why sewers on YouTube is a good thing it really struck a chord with me.

The channels I’m subscribed to are quite varied. There are a few fitness ones, lovely Amy of She Cooks, She Eats and some beauty ones. Oh and Garfunkel and Oates of course. But like Lizzy says in her post, there aren’t really many sewing people making videos other than tutorials. That is starting to change, with Lisa Comfort of Sew Over It vlogging now and Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow has been making fabric haul videos for a while, which I’ve always enjoyed watching. So I sort of feel a bit like I’m jumping on a band wagon but to hell with it, I made a video!

It’s a fabric haul video but I also open a parcel of fabric in it, like beauty YouTubers doing videos of them openning their beauty subscription subscription boxes, because I thought that might be fun. I really enjoyed making it – even if it has made me very aware of my Resting Bitch Face – and I’ve already filmed another one. I understand that watching videos isn’t everyone’s cup of tea though so I probably won’t post all of my videos here and I’ll talk a bit underneath this one to tell you what’s in it if you can’t or don’t want to watch it.

I have been on a spree of buying animal print fabrics lately. No, not leopard, snakeskin or zebra like an adult. No no no. Fabric with sloths, foxes, raccoons and dinosaurs on of course.

animal print fabric collage
Guess what colours I like

The sloths are from Cotton and Steel and the print is called Lazy Day from the Honeymoon collection by Sarah Watts and I love it. I bought mine from the Village Haberdashery and it’s out of stock there now sorry but I’m sure you’ll be able to find it somewhere. It’s 100% cotton and I was pleasantly surprised with how light and not crispy it is. But I was going to buy it no matter what the fabric was because I have loved sloths since I was 9 years old and my school did a musical about rainforests that had a sloth in. They are my spirit animal.

The raccoons are a duvet cover from Primark and they are adorable. I saw them on Instagram and really wanted them but I don’t have a Primark in my home or work town but Manfriend suggested a trip to Swansea because he needed new clothes so I was able to pick one up. They only had singles so I’m not sure what dress I’ll make but I’m thinking a simplicity 2444, though I might have to use a different skirt. We’ll see.

The foxes are jersey and they came from myfabrics.co.uk and they’re 100% cotton, with no spandex so they’re less stretchy than the previous knit fabrics I’ve used but I still really like it. I like the greeny colour with the orange of the foxes and I like that it’s sort of marl. I have no idea what to make with it as I don’t think it’ll work for my planned Ballet dress. I’m thinking of hacking something using the kirsten kimono tee as a base, lengthened and with more ease added but then cinching the waist in somehow. Or I thought it might work with Tilly and the Buttons Bettine dress. I’m going to wait for her blog post on making it up in a knit before I decide. Any suggestions of what to make with a knit without much stretch would be gratefully received.

And finally, the dinosaurs are also a cotton jersey from myfabrics.co.uk but this one does have spandex in it. So I can make a ballet dress as planned (I maaaay be obsessed). The blue is out of stock but they do still have it in cream with black dinosaurs.

So that’s my fabric haul and my first foray into videos. I guess I’m a sewing YouTuber now. She says after one video. If you liked my video you can subscribe to my channel for more haul videos and other things I think of. Are any of you guys on YouTube or do you have suggestions for sewing people to subscribe to?