I buy fabric at the Birmingham(UK)rag market. It’s cheap, and it’s close to home.
A month ago I bought a few meters of cheap plaid fabric. It was 2£ a meter cheap. In fact when I asked for it the guy hinted that it wasn’t that good. I made a skirt out of some of it. Turned out great, fit well, but after a couple of wears the material started fraying at the pleats. I knew at that point it was some sort of viscose blend, as all cheap viscose tends to pull away at the seams. I assume it has to do with the thread count.
Anyway, my husband said I needed to start buying better material. So with that in mind we went to London this last weekend and hit up the fabric shops while we were there. First place we go there are, coincidentally, the exact same two plaid fabrics laying side by side for 35£ a meter!!
I thought that it couldn’t possibly be the same stuff, but it was the exact same plaid pattern, same colours, everything. I look at the tag. Polyester/viscose/Lycra. I felt the fabric, it felt the same.
It’s been driving me nuts.
Could it have been a better quality fabric? Polyester/viscose anything for 35£ a meter seems excessive, but maybe the thread count was higher?
Is it possible that simply by being sold in London it was more expensive? A 33£ markup seems outrageous if not against some sort of law.