Christmas is the DIY fashion time of year...for the die hard crafter and the newbie alike. So in the spirit of DIY, I've rounded up some of my favorite places to get fabric. You can always go to the regular ol' craft store and get a plain bolt of something flowery or shiny, and there's nothing wrong with that. But when you want to make something really great you need quality fabric. It's also nice when the fabric covers your butt..and panty line...and holds a seam the right way, if you catch my drift.
Here's where I enhance my stash from on the regular.
1. Stitches imports top quality fabrics for the DIY fashionista. If you want a true French linen and a real Italian damask, get your booty down to Pike Street. They offer classes and nearby there are fifty million of the best coffee shops in the world to rest at afterward, too. I say afterward because this fabric runs between $18-$45/yd. It's worth it and it's more than nice, but DO NOT BRING YOUR COFFEE IN HERE. French linen, people. French linen.
2. Seattle Fabrics is where you go when you are making your guy something he'll use in the outdoors. Think tote fabric, gore-tex, and those weather treated patio cushions you've been wanting. This is the real deal, including marine canvas. You'll need an industrial machine for a lot of this fabric. Made Sewing Studio in Greenwood can help you out with a rental industrial machine in their studio space.
3. Manhattan Fabrics is a retail outlet for designer fabrics. The studios of Diane Von Furstenburg, Isaac Mizrahi, and the best international mills sell their extra bolts to these guys. The fabric is GORGE.
4.Silk Baron started out as some guy's quarter life crisis while he was drifting through consciousness and existential thoughts in his mother's basement. One day he decided to "flip" an import of silk. (Like flipping houses, but prettier.) Now he is the largest retailer of silk in the U.S. He has great taste, a beautiful, funny newsletter, and the best quality in silk I think you can find outside of a couture studio. Maybe better. Here is where to get your party dress fabric; also, if you're planning a wedding and making bridesmaids' or bridal dresses,you won't regret getting the fabric from here.
5. Spoonflower prints custom fabric. You can use their software to generate your own or get your graphic designer friend to make some for you. They will print it in their North Carolina headquarters on a fabric printer (this is not hand-screened stuff) and ship it to you in whatever quantity you want, minimum order requirements. They also print wallpaper and have gift sets.
6. Etsy is a great place to get real hand - printed fabric. There are not many studios doing this now a days, but you can always find a great polka dot or shibori dyed scarf here. Search queries : silk screened, by the yard, handprinted, handpainted, and hand dyed fabric should yield good results.
Feel free to list your favorite places to get fabric in the comments!