A few weeks ago the wife and I found ourselves in one of my favourite places to visit, Rochester, Kent. I’ve written about Rochester before for Vintagekent but this time I found something new……

Hometown is a beautiful fabric and haberdashery shop which any keen sewer should get themselves down to. Make sure it’s around pay day because there is a lot to see and want.

The shop lay out is warm and inviting, I especially liked that the fabric was all set out in colour blocks. There was so much lovely fabric on offer I didn’t really know where to start. I did know one thing, I had gone to my happy place and was ready to spend, spend, spend.

First things first, we found the wife a chair (so she could rest and I could browse in peace without her disapproving glare) and I spent some time selecting some new fabric to make some more dresses for baby cub! The material was so lovely even the wife ended up picking something!

I chose this really cute chick fabric because lets face it, it’s got ‘make me into a baby dress’ written all over it. I have been wanting to learn how to smock and thought this would make the perfect fabric to have a go at. I have made a start of the smocking and am planning to add red tread over the top of the stitches below…… watch this space.

The wife picked some ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ fabric. She really likes the book and was so excited to have found fabric with the images on. I’m not sure what I will make with this yet – any ideas?

There was no stopping me after these finds. I had a good look at all the displays to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. I hate to miss out on things.

While doing this I met a lovely lady and her granddaughter. The granddaughter was having a dress made for her and was allowed to pick whatever fabric she wanted. It was so amazing to see this little girl in action and I thought what a lovely trip out for the pair of them it was. The grandmother said once picked they would make it together, I can’t think of a better way to spend time with a grandparent.

At one point the little girl wanted Christmas fabric (!) but in the end she went for purple with white spots – what a lucky little girl. I hope this is me and cub soon.

In the end I found this wonderful retro fabric with a family screen on, how could I not get this?


Again not 100% sure what I will make, I was thinking another baby dress but I rather like it for myself….

As I went to pay for all my goodies I noticed how much busier the shop had got (I had been in my own fabric heaven for a while so not noticed). There were friends talking about projects they wanted to start, a lady with a patchwork quilt who had popped into show the owner their finished master piece, people with babies getting ideas and I thought this is community, a sense of family and support. You can’t get this from a chain!

So as I walked away from Hometown with my finds I knew I would be back. I want to be part of that community again. x


9 thoughts on “Hometown

  1. So glad we could tempt you with some fabrics! Yesterday I was been busy unpacking plenty of gorgeous new fabrics – 1960s retro prints in one box, plus another full of autumnal goodies including dandelion clocks, sheep, partridges, and even some bear cubs – think you need to make another trip to Rochester soon…

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