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Fabric Buying Bus Trip 22 June 2019

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

We have our Fabric Buying Bus Trip from Geelong to Melbourne coming up on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

We had a fabulous day on our March day trip and this time we’ve upgraded it to be even better!


To watch our video on Facebook CLICK HERE

1. Rathdowne Fabrics & Remnants

2. The Fabric Store

3. Alannah Hill Outlet

Lunch at a local Café

4. Jimmy’s Buttons

5. The Cloth Shop


 Pick Up: 7.30am from Rosewood Cottage – 23 Kalkarra Cres, Mount Duneed VIC 3217

or from North Geelong Station as a second option pick up point.

Drop Off: We will arrive back at Rosewood Cottage at approximately 6pm.

Please pass this on to any other sewers in Geelong who you think would love to join us!

See what others said about our fabric buying bus trip CLICK HERE

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

$75 per person


Bookings close on Friday 7th June 2019 – places are limited don’t miss out…

Happy Sewing,

For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
M: +61 (0)447744776

Photos from our Fabric Buying Bus Trip!

Monday, April 8th, 2019

We had a fantastic day on our Fabric Buying Bus Trip!

Check out our video below with some pictures and what our passengers had to say about the day:

If you would like to book a seat on our next fabric buying bus trip on Saturday 22nd June 2019 you can book your seat now as seats are strictly limited at:

Fabric Buying Bus Trip Group Photo


“Great fun, good to be with like-minded people.”

Merrilyn Stano


“Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Would go on another one.”

Michelle Lolait


“Sewing people are the best, Maree is my favourite!”

Leisha H.


“The Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre Fabric Buying Bus Trip is a great opportunity to buy a large variety of fabrics in good company. I lovely day out.”

Dorothy Parkinson


“Jackie & Maree were very supportive when it came to helping select the right type of fabric for the pattern. The Cloth Shop will see me back there!”

Jackie Moore


“Love, Love, Loved the day!”

Judith Warland


“Great day, great fabric, great chats!”

Margaret Donavan


“A fabulous day, visited fabric stores that had materials that are unavailable in Geelong. Fun day and great company.”

Sonia Czerenkowski


“An amazing day, well organised, perfectly timed and definitely well researched. The day ran smoothly with friendly, supportive staff on hand, with great advice and support. Thank you!”

Sandy Scott


“Fabulous day with great people. Very well organised. Definitely come again. Loved being able to ask questions about fabric!”



“I really appreciated the care, attention to detail and fantastic company. Love the day with you all xx.”

Deb Threadwell


“A fantastically well organised day fabric shopping with enthusiastic like-minded people. Will do it again!”

Leah Wendt


“Awesome day. Good food and company. Great choice of fabric shops. Excellent timing for shopping at each store.”

Karren Smith


“With fellow sewing friends and lovely students from Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre we had so much fun exploring some exceptional fabric shops. Best inspiration for my sewing projects!”

Renee Gerstner-Stevens


“10/10! A great day with great people! Very well organised, the effort you made to arrange the day shows.”

Sharon Bowker


“Exceptional organisation. Time efficient schedule. Super experience!”

Leanne Brown


“A great day, great people, great organisation, had a lovely day.”

Pauline McIntyre


“Fabulous day out, fantastic organisation, great company, just a wonderful extension to sewing classes. Thanks Maree & Jackie.”

Jean Olive


“Maree & Jackie provided wonderful assistance and guidance and plenty of laughter along the way. A perfect Saturday.”

Alana O’Keefe

If you would like to book a seat on our next fabric buying bus trip or join our kids or adult sewing classes you can book your place now at:

Our sewing classes are taught in a friendly, professional and uplifting environment.

We look forward to welcoming you into our sewing school!

Happy Sewing,

For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
M: +61 (0)447744776

Gingham Fabric

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Gingham is another fabric we expect to see on our Fabric Buying Bus Trip on Saturday 30th March 2019.


Gingham Dress 01

Gingham is a medium-weight balanced plain-woven fabric made from dyed cotton or cotton blend yarn. It’s made of carded or combed yarns, medium or fine yarns, where the colouring is on the warp yarns and always along the grain (weft).

Gingham Fabric 01

Gingham is easy to sew as a woven 100% cotton fabric. It’s ideal for kid’s clothing, trims, dresses, shirts and skirts. Historically though, it was best known for table cloths and aprons, which are still popular today.

Gingham Dress 02

Why is it called Gingham?

Gingham comes from the Malayan word genggang, or striped.

Gingham Fabric 03

How to identify Gingham?

You can spot Gingham from its contrasting-check, generally white and coloured with even-sized checks. Back in the day, it was distinguished primarily for being a ‘dyed on the yarn’ fabric, meaning the yarn is dyed before it is woven.

Gingham Dress 03Gingham Shirt 01Gingham Shirt 02


- Gingham washes well but ensure you pre-shrink your fabric before sewing.

- Align your fabric properly before cutting, lay it perfectly flat and align the check to the pattern and grain direction.

- Cut Gingham on the bias for added design features!

Gingham Fabric 04Gingham Apron 01Gingham tablecloth 01

If you would like to join us on our fabric buying bus trip click on the link below to book your seat before they run out!


Happy Sewing,

For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
M: +61 (0)447744776