Remember how just a few days ago I was bragging about the super fabric shopping situation in Asheville? Just a few days later I got a most distressing email – Waechter’s Fine Fabrics was closing.
The store opened in 1929 as Waechter’s Silk Shop, and the name remained the same until just a few years ago. It was first located in the Grove Arcade, but by the time I first visited the store, it was located on Wall Street, Asheville.
My first experience there was with a friend whose mother was taking a tailoring class and was shopping for wool for a coat. I was already sewing at that point, and was shocked by how much more expensive their fabrics were than the ones I was buying at Belk’s Department Store. But the store was so enchanting, just like stepping back into the past with the old fashioned fabric meter, and the fabrics purchased being wrapped in brown paper and tied with string.
My first purchase there was navy Pendleton wool that I used to make a blazer. I also bought my first Liberty Tana lawn at Waechter’s, used for a dress that I wore to my sister’s wedding rehearsal.
I started filling out an online order as soon as the email arrived, but I knew that I really needed to just drive over and have one last shopping experience at Waechter’s, to feel the fabrics and remember all the lovely things I’ve made from their fine fabrics.
And I did buy a few pieces of fabrics for spring – a Liberty Tana lawn print, some striped Italian cotton shirting, and some blue and white Italian linen gingham.