A Visit to The Rag Shop
A visit to The Rag Shop and a bright yellow BHL Tamzin
Hi! My name is Anna (aka @theminisewist), and I am lucky enough to live a short drive from The Rag Shop. Now, one thing you should know about me: I have absolutely no sense of direction and I’ve only ever been to Warrington to go to IKEA. So I put on my big girl pants and drove to The Rag Shop.
Warrington is a town between Manchester and Liverpool, easily accessible from the M62, M6 and M56. Apart from a minor diversion due to some roadworks, the drive from the motorway was nice and easy - thanks Google!
I parked in the carpark at the Cockhedge Shopping Park - with two hours free parking - and then walked the short distance to the shop. As I said before, no sense of direction, so it took me 5 mins, but only because I walked in the exact opposite direction at first.
The Rag Shop itself is in an ex-pub, with big windows letting in tonnes of natural light. The shop is bright and stocked with a beautifully curated selection of fabrics, patterns and haberdashery. The front half of the shop is stocked with fabric brands, such as Atelier Jupe, Lady McElroy and Art Gallery fabrics.
Walking from the front to the back, there’s a selection of haberdashery, including Tabitha Sewer and Pigeon Wishes buttons and organic cotton thread. The back room is filled with patterns and deadstock fabric, with all sorts of hidden gems.
Steph was generous enough to gift me with a pattern, fabric and thread to create an outfit to go with this blog post. It took me forever to choose, but I finally settled on the By Hand London Tamzin dress in the Abstract Summer Floral viscose challis. Steph also helped me pick out the most perfect colour match for the thread too.
I absolutely loved making this dress. The only alterations I made were taking 4 inches off the length of the sleeves and skirt. Thanks to the different cup-size options, the bodice required no alteration. The main reason I loved making this though, the fabric! This viscose challis is super soft, but also surprisingly easy to handle. It presses beautifully and was just a joy to sew with.
Overall, my experience of visiting The Rag Shop was so much fun! Steph is so knowledgeable and the shop is stunning and filled with so many gems. I would highly recommend a visit!