Thursday, October 14, 2010

Online Fabric Shopping - a whole new world ...

When you love sewing, you love sewing with beautiful fabrics. So where do we find beautiful fabrics in Perth? Well, there are some outlets such as Fabulous Fabrics in Balcatta, Fabric Gallery in Greenwood and Beautiful Fabrics in Osborne Park, amongst others that have a range of lovely fabric.




What about just good quality fabric for garments such as shirts, trousers and skirts? There would be many of us that remember the 'good old days' when Aherns had a fabric department and Pearlmans was the place to go. Even in recent memory, Lincraft used to hold that mantle.



Times have changed - and so has technology. The Internet gives us access now to the whole world and we are not so totally reliant on what is available locally. In fact, when it comes to fabric and sewing, there is SO much available that we can have whatever we want. We just need to go looking. Of course, for some people, the cost of postage is a deterrent to online shopping. However, in life there is always a choice. We can choose not to purchase over the Internet and save our money - or we can choose to buy things we can't get in Perth and choose to pay the postage that goes with it.



I have bought fabric online in the past and will continue to do so. I have never been disappointed with what I've bought. In fact, I'm usually delighted with how much more lovely the fabrics are in reality compared to what I had imagined.



Here are some websites to look at:


For fashion fabric:


http://www.emmaonesock.com/


http://www.manhattanfabrics.com/


http://www.tessuti.com.au/


http://www.gorgeousfabrics.com/


http://www.fabric.com/


www.lucysfabrics.com/store





For sports-related fabric:


http://www.stretchtex.com.au/


http://www.milldirecttextiles.com/


http://www.rockywoods.com/


http://www.seattlefabrics.com/


http://www.peakfabrics.com/


Here are some examples that I have bought online.



(a beautiful patchwork silk and polyester with sequins from Emma One Sock)




(a two way stretch cotton from Emma One Sock)

(a wool jersey from Tessuti)


(a four way stretch polyester from Emma One Sock)

(a four way stretch polyester from Emma One Sock)


(a designer label silk blend from Manhattan Fabrics)


I am also a member of Pattern Review (http://www.patternreview.com/) which is the largest online sewing community in the world as well as being a mine of sewing information. Please have a look.
Happy online shopping!

2 comments:

  1. This could be dangerous Karen! I already have enough fabric to start a shop (so my husband says)
    Well done on getting the blog going so quickly.

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  2. Maggie Thatcher, SLOOctober 17, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    What a wonderful idea. I look forward to keeping in touch with your blog.

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