I get emails all the time about where to buy fabric, or which blends of fabric to buy, so today I’m tackling the first part, and the second part will come a bit later! Fabric shopping can be tricky and frustrating, so hopefully this helps those of you who have asked!
- I took my first trip to the fabric district with my mom a few years ago and Michael Levine was the first place we went. The store is a good size with every kind of fabric you could want. I got my green sequin fabric there, along with my gold and black faux leather, plus a bunch of other fabric that is currently sitting in my stash waiting to be sewn. They also have a large home decor fabric store in the fabric district, as well as ML Loft (across the street on the second floor), which is where they toss all their scraps. You have to dig through the bins of fabric, but it’s weighed and sold by the pound, so you can find amazing fabric for super cheap. And even though it’s “scraps,” you can still find decent yardage. Plus, they also sell solid knits here as well, also sold by the pound. And the best news is that if you don’t live in California, Michael Levine is all online at lowpricefabric.com.
- When I first started sewing more regularly, about 5 years ago, I purchased almost all of my fabric from Fabric.com. It’s hard to buy fabric online, but they have a really great selection and their site (which used to be super difficult to navigate), seems to be in prime working order now. Plus you get free shipping on orders over $35…and who even buys less than $35 worth of fabric ever??? I bought my navy and white polka dot fabric for this maxi skirt from here, as well as the cobalt fabric for this greek goddess maxi dress. Plus a bunch of other fabric that’s still in my stash.
- If you watch Project Runway, you know about Mood. It’s the go-to place for super high quality apparel fabric. Their prices are higher, but their selection of good quality and beautiful designer fabrics is unmatched. If you’re totally sick of solid colored knits or brightly colored quilting cotton that you find at pretty much every other fabric store, you will love Mood. If you make something out of fabric from here, it is pretty much guaranteed to not look homemade. My mod shift dress and my midi pencil skirt are both from here, both of which I picked up at their location in downtown LA. But they also have a great selection online at Moodfabrics.com.
- I hesitate to mention this one because it doesn’t have an online shop, but it’s really my very favorite place to buy fabric so I had to include it. If you go to the LA fabric district, this store is a must. They have a huge selection, and it’s almost exclusively apparel fabric; plus, it’s all around $2/yard (I think the most I’ve ever paid for yardage there is $5/yard), and they often give you a discount or will negotiate your total price if you pay with cash. This is where I picked up this blue and coral animal print fabric, this gold polka dot knit, and this lightweight coral striped knit.
- As far as apparel fabrics go, Jo-Ann has the very smallest selection, and they’re often much higher in price than these other shops for a lower quality fabric. But I still shop here often when I’m in a hurry and need something immediately. I also get all my notions here — just make sure you use their app so you can always have a coupon with you!
6. Local Shops
- Local shops often have a good selection that you couldn’t find elsewhere. My favorite is a shop called Jenny’s here in Huntington Beach (they also have a location in Anaheim for you locals!) They have a great selection of cotton prints, but also home decor fabrics and even a stack of great solid knits (for pretty cheap) in the back. I bought my windowpane fabric here, as well as both the fabrics for my floral contrast-back dress. I also know seamstresses that thrift their fabric (Liz and Kilee are champs at this), so if you don’t have a good local shop, check the thrift stores!
- I was just introduced to this shop a few months ago when I worked on a project with Pattern Anthology. The shop is small, but it has great fabrics, and great prices. I got the black and white striped fabric for my Parisian top here, and the green knit for my summer swing dress.
- As if you didn’t have enough reasons to love IKEA, they also have fabric! Almost all of it is home decor fabric, so it’s thick and hefty, but in the right situation it totally works. I bought my thick black and white striped fabric for my box pleated skirt from here, and I think a gingham skirt with this fabric is next on my agenda. None of the fabric (as far as I know) is available on their website, but they usually have a huge selection in the store and it’s all self service so it’s easy to grab it and go.
Any good places that I’m totally missing out on? Please share!
Happy fabric shopping!