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Date: 3/2/04 5:10 PM
I was looking through some of the posts a while back for an on-line fabric source, and realized that there were many threads that mentioned various stores, but nothing consolidated. So I made a list of the websites that I was familiar with, either personally or via posts from other PR members. This list is concentrating on stores w/ fashion fabric, rather than quilting or home dec. It is also primarily US stores, with a few other thrown in for good measure. (I do live in the US, after all.) I've commented on the ones I have personally used. (You can also check the store and website reviews here on Pattern Review; many of these stores have been reviewed.)
For European stores: Marge99 was kind enough to share her links in a post on page 26 of this thread, and there are some listed in a post further down on this page.
I wasn't certain how to sort them. I have them roughly sorted by type of fabric. I've added some comments based on my or other's experiences. If you have some other stores you want to mention, post away. And if you have comments, additions or subtractions to what I've posted, let me know & I can edit this post to reflect them.
The order of the stores is basically random, and not meant to represent a rating of the store.
Of course, don't forget about your local shops. It is important to support your local fabric stores, particularly those independent ones!
general fabric stores
Vogue Fabric - Vogue Fabrics is a small chain of local stores, if I have my story correct, and also do mail-order. They have now created a orderable website that has a large selection. Have heard positive reports & had good service when I ordered from them. Flat-rate shipping to contiguous US states.
New York Fashion Center Fabrics - This looks like a very interesting site; I got the link from a review by Marji. They have a wide selection of fabrics, and each if available in a wide variety of colors.
Mood Fabrics - Famous fabric store in NY. I can't believe I hadn't added them to the list before. Large selection of fabrics.
Fashion Fabric Club - Update June 2008: Lately some description problems, where the fabric has not matched the description. Don't know if that will continue, but have heard it from multiple people. I've ordered from them before. You can get some really nice fabric for a great price, but you can also get fabric quality that matches it's price (both low). Service is at times slow (and sometimes very slow). They have a wide selection of fabric. Note: They now ship internationally.
Denver Fabrics - NOTE: This site was sold to Fashion Fabrics Club. It seems to have the same fabrics (vs a separate selection).
Fabric.com - (Now owned by Amazon.) Wide selection of fabric, reasonable prices. The quality of the fabric tends to be typical, with some better & some worse. Update April 2014: Many people report having trouble with orders being fulfilled properly and with continuous cuts of fabric. Some people still get orders with no issue. Just keep in mind you don't know which batch your order will be in.
Dollar Fabric - Wide selection of fabrics, including Egyptian Cotton and Acetate slinkies. Prices aren't a dollar but do seem reasonable. Responsive when I asked for samples (I never did order that fabric).
Murrielle Roy & Co. - This site says Fabrics and Trims for Performers. They have lots of sequined and shiny fabrics amid others.
Lura's fabric shop - Has a variety of fabric. In particular, there is a large selection of denim of various types and camouflage.
Fabric Club - Although this site exists, there seems to be almost no fabric listed. I have heard nothing but problems with this site (service, shipping, & charging) for the past 10 years or so. See page 17 of this thread for one account.
Trim Fabric - I ordered from this site back in 2002. Then they moved & suspended operations for a while. Some PR members have ordered from them more recently and received good service. Warning, though: I ordered a 3-yard cut from them (back in '02), and received it in two pieces. I've done lots of mail order and this is the only time that's happened to me. Turns out this has happened to a number of PR members when they ordered from Trim Fabrics.
Fabric Direct - Seems to have a large variety of fabric at competative prices. Website might not be completely up-to-date in reflecting the inventory, per Debra H's review.
Fabric Depot - Looks to have a fairly wide selection. Note that this is different that Fabric Depot Co, which specializes in stretch fabrics (listed below).
B and J Fabric (B&J Fabric) - On-line site of another NYC store. Very large selection, looks like full retail pricing. They have well over 600 printed silk charmeuse fabrics alone. And they have linen knit.
Manhattan Fabrics - This is the on-line presence of Parons Fabric Store in New York. A wide variety of fabrics, although I find it a little difficult to navigate.
Hart Fabrics - A new site to me, have seen good reviews so far. Seem to have a good selection of a wide variety of fabric, including bamboo knits, organic knits, and staples such as fleece, silk, muslin, etc.
Silk, "fur" & other
Thai Silks - I've ordered from them. In fact, I got the fabric for my wedding dress from them. Lots of silks at good prices. Prompt service. Selection relatively stable. And you have to check out their hand painted silk charmeuse fabrics; lovely!
Angus International I/E Agency - Located in Hong Kong and specialize in silk. I have been happy with what I have ordered from them. Few pictures on the site. The price of the full swatch set is refundable w/ your order. There is a link to their current price list on the site (Excel file); you send them an email with what you want and they will send you a PayPal invoice.
Super Silk - Another silk-specialty site. No pictures on the site; would have to order samples. (Click on 'Silk Gallery' for a listing.)
Silk Baron - They have dupioni in a multitude of colors. They also now have many other silk fabrics, as well as a few other fabrics. Only reports I've seen have been favorable. I have placed one order from them so far, and the dupioni seems very nice although shipping was slightly slow.
Carol's Zoo - The place for stuffed animal supplies. High quality fake fur, plus kits. Click on the 'luxury faux fur' link to see pictures.
Fabulous Furs - Sell finished faux fur products, but under 'home' they have this link for faux fur fabrics. Have heard they are high quality.
Fabrics Store - Specializes in cottons & linen. I don't know much about this one, but they give a lot of information about the fabric (weight, weave).
Waechter's Silk Shop - This site sells silk and other natural fiber fabrics. It was pointed out in a conversation on Brussels Washer rayon/linen blend. They also have Liberty of London.
Anjoorian Silks - Looks like a very interesting source for specialty silks (pleated, beaded, laces). They also have 4-ply silk & charmeuse under solid color miscellaneous fabric. Looks like you have to contact them for pricing & to order. But it is an interesting source if you are looking for a specialty silk.
Oriental Silk Co - I bumped into this via an add in Threads; I have not yet tried it. They have a nice selection of silks, plus some wool and linen, and the prices look reasonable.
Printed Silk Fabrics - A new one to me. It was mentioned in a thread as a source for printed silk jersey (& other silks). Reports have been favorable.
Children et all
Farmhouse Fabrics - Quality fabrics. A lot of various lawn (including Liberty of London). Most of the fabrics are classic basics that are appropriate for adults, children, or even heirloom sewing.
Chez Ami - This is a children's clothing company that also sells fabric. Click on the "purchase our fabrics" link; they seem to have knits, wovens, & clearance on separate pages. A nice touch is that when you view a fabric, they show matching selections.
Wazoodle Fabric - The site is showing that it has new ownership since August 2012, and is now in NJ (unfortunately for the Canadians on this site). They are specializing in cloth diaper supplies but carry other fabrics, including organic bamboo and cotton plus some higher-tech fabrics. I haven't read anything on the service from the new owners yet.
Sew Baby - Specializes in children's fabrics, but also has fabrics appropriate for adults. Have heard good reports on their service.
SewZanne's Fabrics - SewZanne's has a larger variety now. Still have a lot of cute knit prints. They carry hemp and organic fabric now. They have P.U.L. for diapers. Interlock for T-shirts in a variety of colors. Other. Have heard good feedback on her service.
Ruffle Fabric - A specialized site with ruffled fabric, for adorable girls' skirts, or an adult holiday dress. I found the site while looking for fancy wide elastics, for exposed waistbands.
Limited offerings of select fabrics
Sawyer Brook - High quality fabric, reasonable but not inexpensive prices. They also have a popular swatching service: pay for 1st year then free if you order fabric.
Emma One Sock - Limited selection of fine fabrics, and it moves fast so you have to order promptly. She was very prompt, and the fabric was good and nicely packaged when I've ordered. Gives Pantone numbers, a huge plus in my opinion. Best search engine of any fabric site I have seen.
Apple Annie Fabrics - I'm partial to the name of this store. I haven't ordered from them, but I have only heard favorable feedback on the store and fabric.
Michael's Fabrics - This website has a devoted following. Limited selection of very high-quality fabrics. Does a swatching service once you have ordered. I hear that he has fabrics that don't show on the website; you can call & ask.
Dana Marie Design (formerly Purrfection) - Great site for inspiration - check out the gallery. Oh yeah, they also carry some fabrics, as well as her pattern line. They carry Brussels Washer rayon/linen blends amoung others.
Casual Elegance - High quality fabric at reasonable prices from what I've been told. Does a swatching service. Rayons, sweater knits, etc based on a quick look at the site.
Gorgeous Things Fabric - Reviews have been highly favorable, talking about a small but selective inventory. (Well, that's the whole point of this store grouping, now, isn't it? ) Prices look good. Of course we 'know' Ann from Pattern Review, where she has been very helpful. A nice feature of the site is giving some suggested patterns for each fabric. Some people have had issues w/ packaging, others have not. Gives Pantone numbers.
FineFabrics.Com - Website of a retail store. Some lovely looking fabrics (click on catalogue), although not cheap. Have read good reviews here.
B. Black and Sons - Wool, Silk, and sewing supplies. They seem to be a good source of tailoring supplies as well as quality fabric.
Elliott Berman Textiles - Some excellent looking fabrics, and some runway inspired pictures. Read about this site over on Stitchers' Guild. I just realized that they give Pantone colors for some of their fabrics.
A new grouping for sites that don't quite fit in the other categories, or fit in multiple categories (eg, select fabrics but larger selection, or technical plus limited fashion)
Fabric Mart - Nice fabric, very good prices. Limited stock and selections, sometimes run out of a particular fabric quickly so you have to move quickly. Famous for their 'bundles' of fabric. They have a free swatching service and a subscription swatching service. I have ordered from this company and been happy with it. One time I ordered some expensive cashmere fabric, and they sent me extra due to a minor flaw.
Contemporary Cloth - This site specialized in fabric with geometric or abstract prints, or large florals (fabrics that emulate modern art). Report have been that they have good service.
Distinctive Fabric - Carries a selection of slightly unusual fabric. Have a fairly large selection of faux fur. Some content descriptions just say "synthetic", while others are more descriptive.
Fabrics and Stuff - A UK site specializing in rip-stop nylon, lingerie fabrics, dress fabric (it was this site that inspired me to create this new grouping; I didn't know where to put them).
Fabrics-Store - Specialize in linen, cotton, and blends of those two.
Fabrications - Another new one to me. Some nice looking fabrics, catagorized primarily by fiber. I haven't spent enough time on the site to know which category to put it in, so I'm tucking it here for now. They carry Siltex brand cotton knits, which if I have my brands straight is a very nice interlock knit. They also have washable wool knits (less likely to felt). Very interesting selection.
Marcy Tilton - specializes in fabrics for her patterns. I felt some fabric descriptions were a bit off (eg, an ITY was semi-sheer but that was not mentioned). Actual shipping was charged with the extra from the estimated amount reimbursed. You will need a little patience; they are not as fast as some sites.
Material Girls - I wasn't certain if I should put this under quilting, but they have apparel fabric as well.
Pico Textiles - A fleece specialist. If you are looking for a theme fleece, this is a plausible spot to start. I have not used them, but on the top of page 23 of this thread, Sbear gives an informative review of this site.
High-tech or outdoors
Mill Direct Textiles - This was the Malden Mills Store. I've ordered from them many times. They sell Polartech Fleece and other high-tech fabrics. This site now does full rolls only, & the cut yardage has moved to Mill Yardage.
Mill Yardage - Cut yardage of Malden Mills Polartech & other fabrics. They also have factory seconds available.
Rose City Textiles - This is the website of Pacific Tech fabric manufacturer, and feature their own plus other fabrics. The website is rather difficult to use IMO. It looks like they primarily have a pdf file listing fabric options, plus a few featured on the site itself.
Spandex House - Specializes in stretch fabrics. They have expanded their website and have pictures now. Many folks on PR seem to have used them.
Stretch House - Specializes in stretch fabrics. They used to be Lycra House (thanks, Kirianth for finding the link for me). Looks like they have added some additional pictures.
Fabric Depot Co - Fabric Depot specializes in lycra & stretch fabrics, & have an extensive listing. Few pictures, but can get swatches. No on-line ordering. Note: there is also a Fabric Depot; different store.
Seattle Fabrics - Specialize in outdoor & marine fabric. I recently ordered some seam sealent from them. It took a while for the order to ship, but arrived in good condition. I'd included some lining in the order, which was not what I expected based on their description but that might be my problem, not theirs.
Sundrop Textiles - Canadian swatching service specializing in outerwear fabric.
Peak Fabrics - Canadian company, specializing in outdoor fabrics. Swatching service. I ordered some extra thick Malden Mills Powerstretch from them; great fabric. Have to email or call to place order.
Rockywoods Fabrics - They call themselves an outdoor fabrics store, but seem to have more. They seem to have a great selection of high-tech wickaways that is reasonably priced. They also carry Solarweave.
Rochford Supply - Source for specialty items, everything from down ticking to tent fabric to leather hides. Also have sturdy zippers. Minimum order of $50.
Fabric and Notions - Fabrics and Notions is a co-op, not a regular store. Some good prices, but you never know what will be offered for fabric. It can take a while to get the fabric that you order, due to the nature of a co-op. As far as I know, it is still active.
Dyeable, organics, natural
Dharma Trading Post - This seems to be "the" site for fabric dyeing and dyable fabrics.
G&S Dye - Don't know much about this site, but it was mentioned as an alternative for fabric dyes and dyable fabrics. Canadian site.
Organic Cotton Plus - specializes in organic cotton fabrics
Near Sea Naturals - specializes in organic fabrics
Hemp Traders - I ordered from them recently (some bamboo / cotton fleece to make swiffer wetjet covers with). Service was fine. Have hemp & blend fabrics, plus fiber and some RTW clothing.
EnviroTextiles - Hemp fabric & yarn. Haven't heard any reports about them yet.
PM Organics - specializes in organic fabrics.
Nature's Fabrics - Wool, bamboo, cotton, hemp. Wool interlock & jersey! Mostly solid color fabrics, with some kid-focused prints. Haven't seen any reviews by PR members, but it looks promising.
Fiber Organic - Soy fabric along with others (hemp, cotton, some blends). I have not seen much on them yet.
Silk Connection - Mentioned on page 16 of this thread as having good service. Not much on the line of pictures on the website. They have silk, cotton, and linen.
Sew Sassy Fabrics - Lingerie products and fabric, as well as other stretch fabrics. Not many pictures of the fabric; might need to request swatches. Have heard good things about their service.
Lace Heaven - Lots of sewing notions, plus lace and other fabric. This site had good service comments. On some fashion fabrics, they picture both sides of the fabric; interesting feature.
Kathy's Lace and Elastic Outlet - Otherwise known as fr8train. Good source for fold-over elastic. I hear good things about her service & selection for stretch lace & elastic.
Zoe Lees - A store that has been around for a while but that I just found out about from Rhonda Noah's post. The store has many types of fabric, but seems to shine in the lingerie fabrics and trims so for now I am putting them here. They do seem to have a full range of fabric, so after I find out more I might move them to the 'general' category.
Sawyer Brook - (see description above, in select fabric grouping)
Christine Johnson Patterns and Fabrics - High quality, but not inexpensive, fabrics. Specializes in fabrics with lycra. Subscription swatching service that comes with a newsletter (which isn't worth much, in my opinion - don't subscribe just for the newsletter).
Metro Textiles - This New York City store is run by Kashi. I've bought in-person and over the phone. No website, but he is helpful if you call and will describe and / or send swatches. Excellent prices for quality fabric. Worth stopping in if you are in New York. (265 West 37th Street, Suite 908, New York, NY 10018) Phone: 212-209-0004 Fax: 212-209-0005
Fabric Mart - (see description above)
Vogue Fabric - (see description above)
There are MANY quilt fabric shops on-line. You are also more likely to find a quality quilt shop locally than a fashion fabric store locally, so don't forget to patronize your local store. Good quality quilting fabric can be used for garments as well. I'll only mention a couple here.
E-Quilter - Great selection of quilting fabrics and fabric with unusual prints. Also have flannels and some non-quilting fabric. If you are looking for a "theme" fabric, this is the place to look. I have ordered from them & received good service, and have heard the same from others.
Hancock's of Paducah - Very large selection of quilting fabric. I ordered from them a few times with good, fast service and nice fabric.
Seam Shoppe - Primarily tropical theme fabrics. I haven't used this one either but like the theme.
These two are quilt shop search engines, mentioned on another page of this thread. You can find additional quilt shops through these site.
Linda MacPhee - She seems to have expanded her fabric line. In addition to lining for coats (also her line of patterns) and thinsulate, she also has other options. I see denim, slinky, wool, .... I might have to most the site to a different category.
The Sewing Place - Specializes in patterns & notions, but has a full selection of bemberg rayon lining
I am adding this category due to the recent interest in Stretch Bengaline, which seems to be more widely available in Australia than in the States.
Remnant Warehouse - Have on-line ordering at least for Australia & NZ; you might still to place for other areas. Reports having received good fabric & service from them; don't know if anyone out of Australia has ordered from them. The stretch bengaline is in their 'basic' category.
styleArc - click on the 'fabrics' menu option for a selection of Stretch Bengaline (& a few other fabrics).
Note: Here is a spreadsheet from a post by Karla, listing New York City stores. Some of these have websites, shown on her spreadsheet.
Note 2: Here is a spreadsheet from a post by LizJ58, listing on-line stores and her takes on each.
-- Edited on Today at 11:40 AM --
With a great wardrobe that's still in the flat-fabric stage.
Member since 4/8/02
Date: 3/3/04 2:23 AM
Anne, that post was a lot of work! Thanks for puttting those summaries all in one place for us all.
I no longer measure fabric by the yard, I measure it by the bin.
Member since 7/8/04
Date: 3/3/04 2:30 AM
Member since 7/8/04
Date: 3/3/04 2:32 AM
Good morning Rhonda. Do shop at all the sites you find or do you just like to watch
Went to PR Weekend!
Member since 11/28/01
Date: 3/3/04 6:40 AM
Thanks a lot Anne! I've added this to the knowledgebase.
|Katharine in BXL
Member since 8/1/03
Date: 3/3/04 7:36 AM
Vibek, thanks for those European resources! Sure to be a hit with the EU PR Weekend coming up this summer. I will certainly earmark these for next year when I return to the EU!
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Member since 7/30/02
Date: 3/3/04 10:46 AM
Thanks for adding those European sites. †I looked up that Sewing World thread w/ Rhonda's extensive listing (and other additions):
Sewing World fabric URL thread
With a great wardrobe that's still in the flat-fabric stage.
Member since 8/24/02
Date: 3/3/04 12:51 PM
Anne, thank you so much for that hard work. I saw some places on there I'd forgotten about!
Bernina 780, and 530
When life gives you green velvet curtains, make a green velvet dress.
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Date: 3/3/04 2:31 PM
Your comments are especially welcome on a fabric list like that. A big thank you for your work for us.
Member since 4/8/02
Date: 3/3/04 5:04 PM
|Good morning Rhonda. Do shop at all the sites you find or do you just like to watch |
Well, all these sites have tempted me, and I have bought from several at least once. But I'm afraid if I bought from all of them I'd have nowhere in the house to sit down or sleep! It is tempting to buy from them all, though....
I no longer measure fabric by the yard, I measure it by the bin.
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