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#1 76 others

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:08 PM

Where do you get fabric from? Reasonable prices but cool prints? I have just started learning sewing basics and I am not sure what is good value. What etsy shops do you use also?

#2 76 others

Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:08 PM

QUOTE (Gloriosa @ 02/01/2013, 02:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Where do you get fabric from? Reasonable prices but cool prints? I have just started learning sewing basics and I am not sure what is good value. What etsy shops do you use also?


#3 Madnesscraves

Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:11 PM

No advice sorry OP, But I will watch this thread with interest.

#4 Wishing2011

Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:18 PM

fabric.com? original.gif

#5 MrsWidget

Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:25 PM

I'm quite new to sewing too. I've mostly bought from Etsy shops and The Fat Quarter Shop. My Etsy name is the same as here so feel free to check out my favourite shops.

I have to say the prices compared to here are incredible.

#6 LittleListen

Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:26 PM

Some of my faves - I only order in Aus as I like to support locals.



http://www.fabrictraders.com.au/shop/ - haven't ordered but love to browse

#7 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:27 PM

Hawthorne Threads
Banberry Place
The Fabric Fairy
Fat Quarter Shop
Pink Castle Fabrics
Pink Chalk Fabrics

Knit Fabrics
Ixat fabric
Harts Fabric

as a start

#8 Senna

Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:30 PM

I've never ordered from them, but I quite like the range here:


#9 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:30 PM

yeah i would like to order in aus but when i can buy a print for $8 jper yard and it is $25 - $30 here I have to pass....
And with coupons and shopping credits I end up with a LOT more than I would buying locally. Unfortunate but true

#10 Wishing2011

Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:33 PM

oh yes and google coupon codes for fabric.com if you use them. I almost always get a discount on my order which covers a nice portion of the postage original.gif

sometimes fashionable fabrics have good sales on and are worth ordering from.

#11 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:34 PM

QUOTE (MrsWidget @ 02/01/2013, 05:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have to say the prices compared to here are incredible.

Yes 2nd that one... always good to sign up to your fav shops email list and alerts I get some great bargins that way, awaiting an order from Fabric.com where I got ten yards a mix of colours of seersucker to make some kids clothes for $2 a yard (Spotlight is about $12) to say nothing of the awesome prints etc

#12 LittleListen

Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:37 PM

3keiki - I completely agree that it makes more financial sense to buy OS supply, but its not my choice. I would rather see my $ in the Aus economy and support small business (having been in small business myself in past times). I know its not for everyone, just my choice.

#13 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:58 PM

eyesabove, I have a small business selling childrens clothes so I TOTALLY want to support local businesses after all I am asking people to buy from me rather than some online shop os BUT I would have to charge $45 for a pair of ruffles if I used australian suppliers. And thus wouldn't sell any. It is my total preference to support local and can happily stomach some mark up but not the one we end up paying for fabric here.
I also know that it is not the fault entirely of our local fabric stores - the person that is the agent for Micheal Miller fabrics has a huge markup before it even gets to the local shops. And then undercuts them by discounting it in his own fabric store. I won't ever buy from them even in sales just out of principal.

#14 indigo~

Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:12 PM

I use fabricshack.com. huge range and half price shipping to Aus. Very prompt servic too.

#15 blackcat20

Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:27 PM

QUOTE (3Keiki @ 02/01/2013, 05:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
yeah i would like to order in aus but when i can buy a print for $8 jper yard and it is $25 - $30 here I have to pass....

That's because Aussie shops have to buy through a local distributor, rather than through the OS wholesaler. Their wholesale price is around the same as the US retail price...

I buy from a few shops, including fat quarter shop, fabric shack, Bella's patchwork (local).

#16 76 others

Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:42 PM

Wow thanks! And ops to the buy local debate I inadvertently started. Mrs widget I'll check out your etsy list, thanks!

#17 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:47 PM

yes that is the point I was making about the Micheal Miller agent here, I am sure if they scrapped the international agents and allowed stores to buy direct we would see a  reduction in prices....

#18 Cyaira

Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:57 PM

I use this website, no probs ordering from them yet.


#19 blackcat20

Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:07 PM

QUOTE (3Keiki @ 02/01/2013, 07:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
yes that is the point I was making about the Micheal Miller agent here, I am sure if they scrapped the international agents and allowed stores to buy direct we would see a  reduction in prices....

Agree! But don't see it changing unfortunately. No wonder so many local stores have closed in the last year.

#20 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 02 January 2013 - 08:17 PM

Blackcat20 I know it is such a shame, I am very happy purchasing os, because of the superior range, price and especially in apparel fabrics the quality, but i look at some of the pics of american bricks and mortor fabric stores with envy, I love to head into a store and be inspired.

#21 Froger

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:02 AM

I just thought I would add this suggestion, even though it isn't strictly online shopping (although it can be if you want it to be!).

But you said you were after interesting prints. So my suggestion is to go buy some sarees. If you buy last seasons sarees from a shop here in Australia you can get plain cotton printed ones for about $10, and really intricate embroidered and/or sequeined ones for about $50-60 (sometimes they were orignally selling for upwards of $400 in the shop).

This will give you at least 5.5 metres of material, and often alot longer, maybe up to 8.5 metres. Sometimes the end of the saree has a top front and sleeves printed on the material at the very end, so you use that to make a nice top (or even a nice dress bodice, and use the rest of the material to make the skirt). So sometimes you are getting fantastic material for as low as around $2 a metre.

As sarees are most usually border printed I mostly use them to make baggy trousers, skirts and tops (especially tunic style tops, or shorter tops). Sometimes the material is very thin, so you can use the end which is less or non printed/embroidered as lining. I flat line tops to make it easier and quicker than bag lining. But some sarees are thick enough to just make up without lining.

If you want to know where to buy them in your local area go to your local shop which sells Indian grocceries. You will probably be able to pick up your local Indian or Hindu (or even Muslim) paper. Have a look and you will see adverts for shops that sell sarees. Sometimes I find they are sold from people's houses, so you would never have known about them otherwise. You will probably be surprised at the number of shops that sell them in your area, even if you have never seen a person wearing a saree in your local area.

Or of course you can buy them online. But I like to go and look at them, so I can think about how the design will work with what I want to make.

Just this weekend I picked up two last season 9 yard sarees that are both beautifully embroidered with flowers (one with gorgeous really intricate roses) for just $50 each! I'm making shortish tops and long gathered skirts for my daughters.

Edited by SarahM72, 03 January 2013 - 11:05 AM.

#22 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:31 PM

Sarah what a great idea - thanks!

#23 76 others

Posted 06 January 2013 - 01:09 PM

That's a good idea Sarah, from what I have seen on saris, I am not sure if it is the type of material that I am looking for or would suit me.

MrsWidget, I can't figure out how to find you on etsy. How do I do it?

#24 melmax

Posted 06 January 2013 - 02:45 PM

Some of my favourite Australian based online stores
Wrapped in Fabric (does great discount codes if you sign up to newsletter)
The Oz Material Girls
The Fabric Jungle
Fabric Love Australia
The FabricBug
Bec Clarke Creations

I do also shop at fabric.com hawthorne threads , sky reve fabrics and etsy

(and yes I buy fabric a LOT!)

#25 MrsWidget

Posted 06 January 2013 - 03:04 PM

QUOTE (Gloriosa @ 06/01/2013, 02:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
MrsWidget, I can't figure out how to find you on etsy. How do I do it?

Try this http://www.etsy.com/people/MrsWidget  biggrin.gif

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