I’ve been compiling this list of dress-making fabric suppliers for myself for a while in Notebook and thought it might be helpful to share it in case it’s useful to anyone else. It’s certainly not exhaustive and I haven’t bought from all of these sites but they are here because I’ve seen interesting/lust-worthy/just what I need on them at some point and have returned to them more than once. Most of them also sell haberdashery and patterns from independent designers (I have a list of those too here).
M is for Make Super fast delivery and love the selection of fabric
The Village Haberdashery Same applies here
Liberty Some of the most beautiful fabric I’ve sewn with (imho)
Merchant and Mills Fabric and fabulous haberdashery (the Baby Bow scissors and enameled entomology pins are two of my big favourites).
The Cloth House If you tell them what you’re looking for they will send samples from the very large selection they have in their amazing London shop.
Back Stitch Great selection of patterns from independent designers and quick delivery
The Eternal Maker- I really like the way this site organises the fabric. It’s really easy to search.
Guthrie and Ghani- a very lovely selection of fabric, haberdashery and patterns with a fab blog of owner Lauren’s makes for inspiration.
Ditto Fabrics – big selection, fast delivery. I got some fab stretch denim here.
The Splendid Stitch- Glasgow-based online shop with a carefully curated selection of lovely fabrics
Tissu Fabrics– I like the way the fabrics are displayed on black dressforms on this site so that you get an idea of opacity and drape.
MacCulloch and Wallis I find this website a bit glitchy to use but worth a look if it works.
Cloth Kits They sell the kits they are well known for and a pretty nice selection of fabrics
Joel and Son Fabrics specialist in amazing, high end and couture fabrics
Minerva Crafts – Looooots of fabric
Faberwood– Beautifully curated set of high quality, contemporary fabrics
Plush Addict– Good selection of dress-making fabric as well as quilting and home decor too.
The Draper’s Daughter– Beautifully curated selection of fabrics, including Nani Iro and Atelier Brunette.
Fabworks Mill Shop Lovely dress making and furnishing fabrics, including a range of Avoca beauties.
Harvey Jacobs Fabric Huge choice and lots of stretch fabric
Offset Warehouse Offset Warehouse is a social enterprise which brings together a huge range of hand-picked eco fabrics and haberdashery.
Doughty’s Big selection of dress making, quilting and craft fabrics too.
Clothaholics just Japanese indigo dyed fabrics and very beautiful
All things knit and stretchy
The sites up above also sell knits but these two specialise in them.
Here’s a link to the Kitschy Coo list of fabric suppliers which includes quilting too.
Discovery Knitting British woven range of beautiful knits of all weights and types. Some only available as wholesale or in minimum number of metres. Beautiful plain knits in a huge range of different materials.
I’ve bought silk for dying from both these shops- the quality is really good!
See Merchant and Mills up above too.
Jaycotts– big selection of all kinds of notions and tools
Ernest and Wright A family owned company making scissors for life in Sheffield- beauty and functionality. I own a pair of the 8″ tailors shears (with red handles) and LOVE them!
Euro Japan Links– Specialists in materials for Sashiko embroidery. They sell the fabric, thread, needles, thimbles as well as some samplers. Beautiful stuff!
Cousette, France- Gorgeous selection, particularly the knits. Really quick delivery to the UK too.
Mood Fabrics, NYC- always, always worth a browse
Miss Matatabi on Etsy, source of Japanese wonderfulness and very fast international delivery
Pacific Trimming, NYC- stockists of RIRI zippers and many other amazing and hard to find trims, very quick international delivery
Spoonflower, USA- print anything you want on a big range of fabrics or upload your own design. They have a factory in Berlin (as of April 2016) so no more customs charges when you order.
Dress fabrics, Ireland
This is a list I’ll be adding to and, of course, suggestions are always very welcome. 🙂