Today, I'm bringing you a resource that connects you to the ideal fabric that goes beyond Joanne Fabrics and Hobby Lobby.
Learn your fabrics first
Study on Instagram or blogged model reviews. what fabric did they use? What do they have to say about fabric work? Also, some fabric stores have more details in the item description that tell you how the fabric behaves. As if it were written fluid drape or clean hand. Weight of fabrics – this is your clue that they are likely sheer.
Sometimes you will be given a weight, which is very useful if you have worked out with a similar weight before.
For example, I know that if a cotton knit weighs 10 oz, it will be a solid t-shirt and will work best with a white t-shirt or a knit t-shirt dress. It's just a little lighter than a Ponte Knit. So it can drape, but will hide the lines of your underwear.
Start small with new fabric companies. This is a costly mistake I made myself. I don't want to hurt anyone's business so I'll keep the name to myself, but the descriptions didn't match the fabric. Sometimes the color was dull, sometimes the fabric came off too quickly or the color rubbed off. Yeah. Start small.
If prices are consistently below $9/meter – as if it were not a sale – this is an indication that quality may be uncertain. You really get what you pay for.
It's a huge waste of time and ultimately probably money because you end up buying what looks good rather than what you actually need. Go with a plan. I'm making a list – Pattern name, fabric options, yards needed. Often I want to recreate a look I've seen and will have the exact fabric in mind.
It is worth developing a relationship with the store owner
You can contact them for any questions about a specific fabric. Find out when a favorite is back in stock. Sign up for their mailing list to be notified of sales. Follow them on Instagram to see examples of specific fabrics you might like.
My favorites right now are LAFinch Fabrics and Lyrical Fabrics. They often tell you what's about to go into storage so you can plan ahead, and sometimes you need to pick it up before it runs out, which is really helpful.
LaFinch fabrics have dead stock and some deals come and go, but you can get great deals on some really great unique fabrics.
Lyrical fabrics are more expensive, but not as expensive as Closet Core fabrics, for example (although if you can afford it, they are definitely worth it). But the quality of Lyrical is second to none. you find fabrics that you would see on the shelves of high-end stores, but not usually at Joannes. Like pointelle and jacquards, brushed denim, viscose linen and the most luxurious sweaters. Deals are seasonal, so fall is the best time to find your cable knit fabrics and go for textured linens or cottons in the spring.
And now the list!
This list will continue to grow as I come across fabric stores that I believe have reasonable prices and quality, so be sure to check back later.
https://www.joann.com – Of course! Start here and buy local to get the best deals.
https://www.emmaonesock.com/ -Unique icing, fancy, stitched
https://farmhousefabrics.com/ – children's fabrics, fashion fabrics, notions
https://www.girlcharlee.com/ -knits, lots of knits
https://www.lafinchfabrics.com/ -Deadstock, fashion fabric, unique, bargains
https://lyricalfabrics.com/ – high quality but reasonable prices, unique
https://www.moodfabrics.com/ – not as expensive as you think. They have everything. Track the sales!
https://surgefabricshop.com/ – mostly knits but some wovens. The best place for luxury casual knits and performance knits.
https://zelouffabrics.com/ – sewing, ceremonial fabrics
https://corefabricstore.com/ – durable fabrics, luxurious everyday fabrics that I wish I could afford.
https://www.melanatedfabrics.com – selected for mixed skin color by mixed entrepreneurs.
https://athriftynotion.com/collections/august-2023 – thrift store fabric intended for resale. Reasonable price.