Episode 61: TNT Fabric Stores

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Sorrento Bucket Hat, Elbe Textiles. From linen, lined with RBG quilting cotton

Photinia by Fibr & Cloth. Shirting fabric. Grey white stripes. My hack with 10” elastic front & back, starting 3” down from shoulder seams. 

Started my Trillium in fabric from Seams Fabric. 

Bias front bodice, skirt will have hem band cut cross grain. Adding sleeves from Sagebrush. 

DragonFruit, from naked lady fabric from Caramiya.  Shirt, ruffled hem.  Hell, yeah.

I’ve printed my Ashton. Planning a shirt with a ruffle, or a dress hack. Fabric still undecided. 


Closet Core Kalle Shirtdress – I made a second one using fabric I purchased from my local fabric store, Domesticity – which goes by @createdomesticity on Instagram.  It was the galaxy print from Ruby Star society.  This one I made 4 inches longer and it could actually be a little bit longer even (still above knees).  The only thing weird is that quilting cotton tends to grab anything under it that is also cotton.  

Pietra Shorts – made another pair of Pietra shorts, which is definitely a #pfTNT pattern for me.  I have now made 2 pairs of shorts and 3 pairs of the pants at least.  Nice folded pocket on them.  I used fabric from Mood for these, stretch cotton poplin.

Helen’s Closet Reynold’s Dress – I actually made a true toile of this one!  In fabric I don’t really like but was super cheap (discount shirting) and I didn’t do the interfacing or any seam finishes.  So quick!  The real version was made in IL019 softened biking red linen.  Love this pattern!  I already cut out another version in a blue/grey version of the same fabric.  Changes: Made the straps wider and changed the fit on the back. 

Got my printed Trillium Dress by Made by Rae in the mail, so I am all set to do Jenny’s TNT! Plan to use Brussels washer linen.


What counts as a local/global store?  Only tiny shops like Domesticity or also Mood? Anything not big box?

I crowdsourced a list of stores – DM me & I can add to it. 

I made a commitment to buy locally-globally in January. I thought this would be a good time to update on my progress. 

I’ve done a really great job of spreading out my buys across smaller, locally owned companies. I’m not actually directly tracking my buys – but am charting the source of my makes. I’ve used about 200 yards of fabric so far this year, from about 25 different sources. I’m slowing down my buys until I sew through my stash (likely for the next three or so months). I’ve found some favorites, of course. 

French terry: So sew English – ssefabrics

Silk noil: SaltLakeSewciety

Linen: Fabrics-store IL020

Quirky prints: Simplifi & Hello Friend Fabrics

Yarn dyed fabrics: Seams Fabric

Weird stuff: Warp & Weft Textiles, Letoffe fabrics 

High quality quilting: CreateDomesticity


I love my local Domesticity of course, but there are other local/global fabric stores that I like too.  Of course everyone who has listened to a couple of episodes knows that I love Stylemaker fabrics.  I have also purchased from Surge Fabrics – I’ve only purchased Merchant and Mills ribbing from them, but I have been very tempted by emails from them. 

I purchased beautiful Japanese fabrics from Nekoneko – located in Singapore. Shipping to the USA is 18 SGD, which is about $13 US.  Same for Europe and 19 for Australia/NZ. They have the most gorgeous Nani Iro, many japanese brands, Atelier Brunette, and Nerida Hansen.  

Blackbird fabrics is a Canadian small fabric store, owned by Caroline Somos. – Fabrics for “something special”

Seamwork’s list of the best fabric stores around the world .

2 replies on “Episode 61: TNT Fabric Stores”

Oh my gosh, I loved this episode and can’t wait to go browse some new (to me) fabric stores. AND, some of my favorites should definitely be on the list. Such as…
Fancy Tiger Crafts, Denver…you mentioned sumptuous french terry…their bamboo FT is DIVINE.
The Fabric Store, New Zealand…luscious merino jerseys and vintage linens and fast, fast, fast shipping.
Stonemountain & Daughter, California
Isee Fabrics….great organic lusciousness.
And a special one for you, Jenny…Gail K Fabrics in Atlanta. They have a “branch” practically across the interstate from Fine Fabrics.

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