online fabric shopping


I’ve been doing quite a bit of fabric browsing lately looking for fabric for another pattern, but haven’t had much luck in Chicago so I’ve turned to the internet. I was browsing Britex tonight and I really think they have the market cornered on beautiful fabric. Right now I’m obsessing over that black and ivory polka dot for a new version of the Fayne tunic but it’s pretty hard for me to cough up 40 dollar per yard for fabric when I need a new tooth (cracked that sucker in half on a taco, who does that!?!) among other things, so a dream it will stay.



Either of these wools would pretty much make my dream blazers as well. It may be time to buy a lottery ticket, then I could have new fabric and a new tooth! Double win!

Anyway, as far as online fabric shopping goes is there some sort of comprehensive list of internet apparel fabric retailers? My main purchases of this sort come from Mood, B&J, NYFashion Center Fabrics (I get my interfacings there), Denver Fabrics and Gorgeous Fabrics. What’s your favorite online shop for fabric, notions, and other things you can’t find in your town?

12 replies on “online fabric shopping

  • Lizz

    I live close to Britex and they are one of my favorite places to go to dream!
    For online shopping, I love Hart’s and Gorgeous Fabrics.
    I’ve currently been stalking Tessuti – absolutely stunning fabrics but there’s no way that I could afford them!

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    • jen | grainline

      Ooh that would be too much for me to live that close! I haven’t heard of Hart’s so I’ll definitely be checking that out, and Tessuti…agreed, soooo much beautiful!

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    • Ginger

      Thanks for the Hart’s tip! I don’t do much online shopping, but it would be nice to have a good resource for it. Most of the NYC fabric stores have very limited hours, so it can be tough to get to them when they’re open if you work during the day.

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  • Mika

    Tasia from Sewaholic asked a similar question recently, and compiled all of the answers into a great post. She was looking originally for sources with reasonable shipping to Canada, but I live in the US and still found it very helpful. The link: sewaholic.net/the-big-list-of-online-fabric-stores-updated/

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  • Susan

    I wouldn’t buy at Britex for full price unless you have too. Let alone shopping online at their fabric selection. Don’t get me wrong, it is a great selection but way overpriced.

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  • Julianne

    I was going to share the Sewaholic link too. But working at a fabric store, it’s really hard for me to buy textiles from other places… where I have to pay FULL PRICE.

    But I’m also lucky, because LA has a fantastic fashion district, so if we don’t have it in stock I know where I can find any fabric for 50-75% less than at retail stores. Do I sound like one of those “don’t hate me cause I’m pretty” bimbos?

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    • jen | grainline

      Haha, yes! No, not really, but definitely am jealous of the LA garment district, we have nothing good here at all. Vogue Fabrics used to be alright but it’s more and more of a bummer every time I go in. Other than that it’s mostly full price fabric or else there’s a minimum and that doesn’t work so well for one garment.

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  • Renay

    Oh my gosh, I was in San Francisco recently and stumbled upon Britex by accident…
    It was a fabric paradise (however way too expensive for my end of holiday budget) and even my husband was excited about it, that is saying something!
    I live close to Tessuti here in Melbourne Australia and I do buy fabric from there for special garments. They have such pretty japanese cottons that sew up like butter! ahhh to be rich…. Love the blog by the way 🙂

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    • jen | grainline

      Oh to be rich is so right! I’ve spent a lot of time perusing the Tessuti website, so many beautiful fabrics! It would be such bad news for my bank account if I lived anywhere near them.

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