Janet Sews: My Five Favourite Online Fabric Shops

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I have only purchased yardage online once. The colour and scale didn’t match my expectations.  Would I do it again? Probably not anytime soon, but I do visit online fabric shops regularly (editors note: We recommend always asking for swatches first, to ensure you know what you are actually ordering). Despite that fact, several online retailers do have extra features that I enjoy.

Mood, USA

Mood is my favourite fabric store. Located in New York City’s Garment District, this is the store where the contestants on Project Runway get their fabric.


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When I visit Mood’s online store I am curious about what fabrics are “treading”, “mood picks”, and “best sellers”.  You can create a “mood board” which allows you to post your fabric picks on a virtual board.  My favourite feature is the Mood Sewing Network.  I have discovered some amazing sewing bloggers:  Lladybird, Ginger Makes…, Diary of a Sewing Fanatic, on the Mood Sewing Network.

Emma One Sock, USA

I got a tip from an experienced seamstress about EOS.  Beautiful designer fabrics are offered here. I just look, I can’t afford them. I have however, ordered the occasional swatch (because it is free!). If you really want to make a purchase you need to act quickly, her stock tends to move fast. A great feature on EOS is their sewing column. The author provides excellent information about fashion fabrics. By the way, the author Kathryn Brenne, is a Ryerson Fashion Design graduate and runs a sewing school in North Bay!


emma one stock feathers


Gorgeous Fabrics, USA

What I like about Gorgeous Fabrics is that they provide links to specific patterns for each of their fabrics.  This is fascinating to me, as I find one of the biggest challenges of sewing clothes is making the right fabric choice. One great feature on this site is the Gorgeous Fabrics University. GFU is a series of educational videos. She also has a blog where in several of her posts she identifies herself as the Pressinatrix.  “Pressing is Sewing.”



Merchant and Mills, England

I enjoy everything British. This is a retailer that sells “haberdashery”.  They have some unique sewing patterns, fabrics, and sewing notions.  I really enjoy their design sensibility, but it might not be everyone’s cup of tea!



 Marcy Tilton, USA

Marcy is a pattern designer for Vogue, who has an aesthetic that I can appreciate.  Her fabric store is curated. She matches fabrics to specific patterns – her Vogue patterns of course! There are some fabrics on her sight that I can’t find anywhere else.  I have learned a lot about fabrics by reading the descriptions she includes. I may even break down one day and make a purchase.


If you have a favourite online fabric store, please share it with up in the comments section.

Happy Sewing!

~ Janet

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