This Saturday I woke up nice and early to catch the train into Newtown for the Fabric-a-brac pop up shop.
Newtown is one of those special places in a big city. You can dress as you wish and no one will blink an eye. It's the alternative centre of Sydney and you'll find many shops to support people's love for vintage clothing or mid-century home wears as well as piercing and tattoo parlours, cyber Goth outfitters and plenty of hairdressers who will style your hair to match your outfit. In international terms it could probably be compared to Camden Town in London or Portland, Oregon. It's become very popular for upper middle class families and lots of high end boutiques have moved in lately, but that's ok. Its underbelly is still owned by the weird and wonderful!
My friends and I Ioved it so much as teenagers we would replace the words of Petula Clarks Downtown with Newtown and sing it on the train on the way there!
So because I was going to Newtown I decided to put on my most colourful 60s outfit.
This is what I wore;
Dress – Self made
Tights – American Apparel
Shoes – Top Shop
Rings in order left to right
ASOS, Penny Moon x 2, Lovisa x 2
On the way to my train station I drew open mouthed gapes from the girls in the hairdresser and awkward stares from the people on the train station. It can be uncomfortable but by the time you’re in Newtown, suddenly you’re the one under dressed!
Fabric-a-brac turned out to be a pretty good event. I assumed that it might just be a few tables with some scraps for sale but a lot of vendors were selling meters of lovely fabric, patterns and notions.
|This lady was selling the best vintage notions|
Here's my loot
4 meters of Teal silk for $10
7 meters mauve fabric (not sure of the mix) for $8
3 meters of a lovely printed flannel
1 meter of 60s floral cotton for $14
2 x button making kits
Belt making kit
Pleat making kit (who knew these existed!)
5 meters of lace trim
Style 2810 from 1970 - actually a maternity pattern but I'll sort that out...
So overall a pretty good day of shopping and scaring the locals
Do you have a favourite place to hang out and be yourself?