If you’re going to sew, you’re going to want to buy fabric. Fabric is my Magnificent Obsession, and if you’ve ever seen that movie, you know what I mean. I really love fabric. I love everything about it from the selection of it, to the purchasing, to the pre-washing, ironing, cutting into, sewing and wearing. I am a true fabric addict. Lately I’ve been receiving quite a few emails about where I buy my fabric. I think you all know what you want in a fabric, the problem is finding it.
My purple dress fabric found in a different color scheme at Super Buzzy
If you live in a place like me, it seems that quilting cottons have taken over the fabric world. These are sweet and fun, but many of these are a little too overwhelming to make into garments. I have yet to find a physical fabric store locally, dedicated to fashion fabrics for garment sewing. I mean there are Joanns and Hancocks here, all with a very mediocre selection of fashion fabrics. The funny thing is that these stores tend to have more fashion fabrics than quilting cottons, but the polyester content of nearly every bolt in the store is overwhelming. At Joann’s, they have an interesting and very small assortment of dupioni silks and wools. And I’m talking about 100% natural fibers here, not synthetics. It is rare that I use a synthetic or synthetic blend fabric and that because I don’t like the feeling of them against my skin, I hate the way they iron up and their drape is rather funky. So if you are anything like me, you’ve had to take your search online.
So, for all of you fabric addicts out there, here is the list of online fabric shops that I frequent in no particular order:
Silk print from Thai Silks
Thai Silks – I love their selection of charmeuse silk prints, not to mention they have the best price on organza I have found. And we’re talking about real silk here. You won’t find synthetics here. And they have fantastic shipping. I always get my package lightening fast!
Lilac Cashmere from Mood
Mood Fabrics – Great selection of solid silk charmeuse and they always have a rather fun selection of seasonal fabrics. When it gets close to winter they come out with their woolens and in the spring, its time for linens and such. I like their selection, but I will say that their shipping is atrocious. The last time I bought something from them, it took 2 1/2 weeks to get here.
Gorgeous Fabrics – Ann has beautiful fabrics. Really really beautiful fabrics. She also gives you a fun description of the fabric to read complete with sewing pattern suggestions. All of her fabrics are for garment sewing and that’s the biggest reason I love her shop, that and she’s a real person too!
Echino Birdsong Fabric – Super Buzzy
Super Buzzy – These are japanese import quilting fabrics, however these fabrics aren’t just made of cotton usually. I bought my purple dress fabric from here and it is a cotton/linen blend. And I don’t usual like cotton/linen blends, but the Japanese have a beautiful way of making high quality fabrics. They have rather fantastic, saturated prints and they are rather dreamy to sew up.
A lovely plaid wool (that I have and just cut a circle skirt from) from Trim Fabrics
Trim Fabrics – A gorgeous selection of wool is here. Two of my most favorite pieces of wool came from these folks, the fabric for my red dress and a yellow plaid which is earmarked for a circle skirt. Both are beautiful and very high quality.
Houndstooth Veveteen – Fashion Fabrics Club
Fashion Fabrics Club – This online store feels so much like walking into a fabric store that you rummage through, except there are tons and tons of choices of great fabrics. They have an enormous selection and I usually go here with something very specific in mind.
Anna Maria Horner – I can’t keep my eyes off of some of the quilting cottons. I’m naturally drawn to prints and colors and this quilting cotton designer has started getting her hands into different types of cottons. She’s come out with a great line of cotton voiles and swiss dot cottons and she’s soon to release more of these with some cotton velvet mixed in. All I can say is fun. I do an Etsy search for these fabrics.
Don’t forget about your local thrift stores and estate/garage sales either. You can sometimes find great vintage sheets, fabrics and even sewing patterns here. At least I do.
Hopefully, if you are interested in garment sewing, this list of places can give you a place to start looking for fashion fabrics. It’s taken years for me to build up my list, and I’m always on the lookout for new online shops. I would love to hear about your favorite online shops too! I do realize that this list is more geared towards U.S. stitchers, so definitely give your input for your favorite online fabric stores if you live in a different part of the world!
Looking for any fabric in particular this time of year? I know I’m up for a pair or two of some beautiful wool trousers. Especially since I’ve been reading Pants for Real People.
Happy Fabric Finding Adventures!