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  • vgnome
    Junior Member
    • Jun 2007
    • 3

    Fabric Resources

    I've recently started to sew/create more seriously, and options for quality fabrics are very sparse in Chicago. Aside from those immediately obvious on google, do any of you know any sites that offer nice fabrics online? Hopefully, ones that allow you to order/borrow swatches as well. As much as i'd love to bring back a ton of stuff from New York every time I go there, it's not that feasible at the moment. Thanks!-
  • zamb
    Senior Member
    • Nov 2006
    • 5834

    #2
    Re: Fabric availablity online

    there are a few resources that i will post later, for ordering fabric online,

    but i must say, one of the beauties of buying fabric, is to be able to touch and feel it in person, which is something you can hardly do with the small swatches they send you.



    i will post a few listing, this evening, I also have a book call small companies guide to buying wholesale fabrics which is very handy, it has a ton of stores with little or no minumums for ordering, many of which you can call via the telephone to send you swatches......
    “You know,” he says, with a resilient smile, “it is a hard world for poets.”
    .................................................. .......................


    Zam Barrett Spring 2017 Now in stock

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    • vgnome
      Junior Member
      • Jun 2007
      • 3

      #3
      Re: Fabric availablity online

      I'd still love to know a place or two, if anyone has any information.

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      • zamb
        Senior Member
        • Nov 2006
        • 5834

        #4
        Re: Fabric availablity online

        Sorry Bro Just forgot.
        too much to do.

        www.moodfabric.com



        metrotextile.blogspot.com (Good if you're Broke, they started me in business when i had very little money.........)


        www.leatherimpact.com

        www.spandexhouse.com

        www.butterflyfabrics.com




        FOR TRMMINGS



        www.steinlaufandstoller.com,


        www.zipperbank.com


        www.beadsworldusa.com

        www.mjtrim.com

        www.lacestar.com
        “You know,” he says, with a resilient smile, “it is a hard world for poets.”
        .................................................. .......................


        Zam Barrett Spring 2017 Now in stock

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        • Faust
          kitsch killer
          • Sep 2006
          • 37849

          #5
          Went to this little gem the other day. Fantastic yarns and handmade fabrics - if Harnden was based in NYC, that's probably where he'd get his stuff from. Pricey, but well worth it considering what we pay for clothes.

          Our name, "habu" comes from a name of a snake, which is unique to Okinawa. In original characters, "ha" means "wave." "bu" means "fabric” It is named so because when it moves, it moves like a fabric.
          Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months - Oscar Wilde

          StyleZeitgeist Magazine

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          • Chinorlz
            Senior Member
            • Sep 2006
            • 6422

            #6
            ^ what a crazy coincidence. I came across them online just two days ago. Wish their images for the handmade fabrics are online. Like you said, pricey but really incredible materials. The silk wrapped stainless steel wire "yarn" is awesome.

            The store layout is really nice and the feel of everything (from what I can see in photos) is really austere and beautiful.
            www.AlbertHuangMD.com - Digital Portfolio Of Projects & Designs

            Merz (5/22/09):"i'm a firm believer that the ultimate prevailing logic in design is 'does shit look sick as fuck' "

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            • Faust
              kitsch killer
              • Sep 2006
              • 37849

              #7
              You definitely must go next time you are in the city.
              Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months - Oscar Wilde

              StyleZeitgeist Magazine

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              • Chinorlz
                Senior Member
                • Sep 2006
                • 6422

                #8
                It's part of my plan :) Will drop you a line soon!


                On a related note, any good fabric and more importantly good leather stores in Paris?
                www.AlbertHuangMD.com - Digital Portfolio Of Projects & Designs

                Merz (5/22/09):"i'm a firm believer that the ultimate prevailing logic in design is 'does shit look sick as fuck' "

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                • st3dav
                  Junior Member
                  • Feb 2012
                  • 1

                  #9
                  For denim including selvage I use.
                  http://pacificbluedenims.com/
                  Best people I've ever worked with, wholesale prices, but they work with everyone (including hobbyist).

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                  • radial
                    Junior Member
                    • Oct 2011
                    • 14

                    #10
                    For a wide range of fabrics including the best 100% viscose matte jersey and super-100's wools:

                    They used to have a fabric hunting service if I remember correctly.

                    For some interesting, high quality fabrics but especially for the traditional interfacings used in tailored menswear:
                    Shop online for dress fabrics, haberdashery, trimmings, millinery, tailoring and corsetry supplies from a long established London store.

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                    • lost53
                      Senior Member
                      • Dec 2010
                      • 658

                      #11
                      Originally posted by Faust View Post
                      Went to this little gem the other day. Fantastic yarns and handmade fabrics - if Harnden was based in NYC, that's probably where he'd get his stuff from. Pricey, but well worth it considering what we pay for clothes.

                      http://www.habutextiles.com/
                      Is an appointment required or do they have a shop?

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                      • LiveinblacK
                        Member
                        • Nov 2011
                        • 35

                        #12
                        Anybody know of any fabric stores the carry quality fabric in LA?

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                        • Patroklus
                          Banned
                          • Feb 2011
                          • 1672

                          #13
                          Mood is good, but you pay a little more for the convenience of having a lot of great fabric in one location. It's also kind of far from most other fabric places and their notions suck.

                          The fashion district has great stuff if you look, but because they're almost all jobbers working with new old stock it's hit and miss and you can't always expect any given place to have interesting fabric. It's a scavenger hunt. I bought twenty yards of some killer micromodal jersey at $3/yard and they threw in like three yards free on top of it. I don't remember which location this was but I usually get little gifts like that when I buy in any bulk.
                          Last edited by Patroklus; 03-10-2012, 02:14 PM.

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                          • LiveinblacK
                            Member
                            • Nov 2011
                            • 35

                            #14
                            What a coincidence I was just in Dwntwn looking for a supima cotton/micromodal blend but no luck. I do agree its either hit or miss, you definitely have to really hunt to find the goods.

                            If you come across that place again please let me know the name

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                            • lazyguru
                              Senior Member
                              • Jun 2008
                              • 268

                              #15
                              Bumping this up to see if someone has any new recommendations.

                              A friend of mine has just put together her first collection & needs to source fabric suppliers & manufacturers in the Tri state area.
                              Any help appreciated

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