Despite my best intentions, I haven’t added to my “Guide to Brisbane Fabric Stores” since I bagged Lincraft, but this morning I headed out with my friend Janet to check out Sckafs. I’ve lived (and sewn) here in Brisbane for nearly five years and somehow never visited before!
It’s located in level one of the Indooroopilly shopping center (that’s a big mall, Americans, but they don’t use that word here) next to Myer (kind of like Macy’s). It’s fantastic!
In fact, it’s so full of absolutely gorgeous fabrics, trims and bits I didn’t know where to look first. Fran, the lovely lady behind the counter bemoaned the lack of space in the shop, but I think it’s wonderful. It’s one thing to walk into a cramped shop with very little of interest, it’s another to find a clean, tidy, well-lit Aladdin’s Cave of goodies. Well done, Sckaf’s.
Those were just a few of my favorites, I couldn’t begin to name off everything they have- linings, poly ITY, a silk-wool twill with excellent drape, broderie anglaise, the list goes on. Even more amazing- they have an online store. How have I never visited them?
And their button wall? Truly epic. This is half of it- floor to ceiling.
Besides all the pretties, I was really impressed by their customer service. Both ladies behind the counter worked quickly and courteously to help each customer in turn. Sckafs seemed pretty busy while I was there, but they neither hurried nor seemed flustered. My bud Enid told me when she went there to obsess over wedding-party silks, they took time with her to discuss shades of pink and ways to put together ties. I love that!
Brisbanites- where would you like me to scope out next?
I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for helping me sort out the design issues with the 40’s Charm hack. It all seemed so clear once I read your comments this morning, I’m all charged up and feeling confident while I finish the hack and pattern. Thank you! And a big, extra special THANK YOU to Tanit-Isis, who makes my line drawings every month because she’s talented and lovely. I really enjoy our collaborations.