Living in a hotel apartment has its perks… cleaned for me on a daily basis, sheets changed every other day, towels everyday, the awesome staff helps carry my groceries, I have a swimming pool and gym at my disposal. All this help gives me time to sew. Well, except the pool and the gym. Taking advantage of the free time, because when we find an apartment that will all change.
Creative use of space in a one bedroom apartment is a must. I have a desk area in the bedroom that I have taken over as my sewing space. A trunk for all my fabric and tools. The kitchen counter has served well for quilting. I have made a quilt for a friend here who is having her first baby. A few wide mouth zipper bags as gifts for friends who drive me places. A bag for my yoga mat. A small shoulder bag for when I go for walks.
An outing last week with a friend, to Satwa, a neighborhood of Dubai, that has a fabric district. A little bit of heaven to a fabriholic like me! Shops with notions, ribbons, buttons, every type of fabric you could ever want. A sewing lovers paradise! Prices are good as well. I purchased a set of fabrics to make a salwar kameez, an Indian tunic, pants and scarf set. The fabric cost about $12 dollars, the tailor will make it for about $34. Learning how to bargain, not just accept the price quoted, because nothing is marked. Today I was looking at some fabric, the man waiting on me gave the price of AED 13 a yard (around $3.25 a yard), I put it back and a local woman in an abaya picked it up and asked the man waiting on her how much? He quoted her AED 20/yard, (around$5/ yard). I was thanked by the man waiting on me for not purchasing the fabric, so he could make more money off the other woman. Never had that happen before.
In March there was the Dubai International Quilt festival, which was in the Festival City Mall, outside of IKEA!! The quilt show was amazing and walking through IKEA is always a treat! Looking forward to many trips once we find an apartment.
Here are a few of my favorites from the Quilt show.
Will be working on some projects with the fabric I picked up in Satwa!