Took three fellow Knitwits to Birmingham on Saturday, to have a look at the fabric.
Blue fabric with fishes (Fancy Silks Store) - it's more blue/pink than this in real life
Rainbow silk and checked fabric (Birmingham Market)
Gorgeous patchwork fabric (Fancy Silks Store) that was oh-my-goodness per metre.
There are a few stalls in the Birmingham Market (opposite Debenhams), plus a yarn/haberdashery stall. There are more stalls in the Rag Market (which is next door, towards St Martin's Church). The Fancy Silks Store is 3 floors of wonderful fabrics. There is also a Fancy Fabric store around the back. If you walk around past the Sing Fat chinese supermarket and around the back of the wholesale market, Barry's Fabrics is right on the corner and had a large £1 a metre pile.
Spent far too much money, but it was fun to see what's available. I just need to find time to sew it, now!