This list is in no way exhaustive, simply stores we’ve dealt with in the past, have friends who have done business with them and had a positive experience, or sites we find interesting.
Remember caveat emptor with any online merchant.
(Links updated March 2017)
Sources of Fabrics and Trims to Turn Into Fabulous Historical Clothing!
B.Black & Sons – high quality wools, shirtings, sewing supplies
B.R. Exports – Pure Silks – silk galore, cotton organdy, ships from India
Baltazor Fabric Boutique – specializing in bridal fabrics & laces
Burnley & Trowbridge – natural fiber fabrics perfect for historical sewing
Cotton Lace – Dutch company with oh, so pretty laces. Click on ‘Customer Service’ and they will send a price list.
Cheep Trims – so much, where to begin?…
Cluny Lace Co – British lace makers working on antique looms to create vintage laces
Dharma Trading Co. – white & natural silks and cottons; THE source for fabric dyes
Dutch Quilts – cotton chintz with 17th & 18th C. patterns, in the Netherlands
Fabric Guru.com – with 15,000 fabrics you might find something here
Fabric.com – all kinds of printed cottons and more
Fabrics-Store.com – terrific linen fabrics
Farmhouse Fabrics – look for cotton trims, voiles and other sheers, some silks, organdy
Haberman Fabrics – recommended by Lynn A.
Hart’s Fabric – wonderful cotton lawns
JoAnn Fabrics – big box chain store
Joyce Trimming – 30,000 items of trims
JRB Silks – large selection but watch for home dec weight silks
Kochan and Phillips – reproduction historical textiles (wools)
Lace Beauty – Etsy store with laces, appliques
Lace Heaven – lace, notions, buttons, ribbons, fringe
Lace Place – all kinds of lace especially eyelets (be aware there is lots of nylon here)
Lacis – specialty fabrics, embroidery & other supplies, cotton & silk netting
M & J Trimming – you’ll find something here you can’t live without
Maggie May’s Historic Clothing – 100% cotton reproduction prints (Susan is part of our Historical Costuming Community here!)
Martha Pullen Store – high-end, all natural fabrics, trims and laces
Mood Fabrics – shopping home of Project Runway in New York
Online Fabric Store – general store, inexpensive, organdy
Originals by Kay – specializing in Civil War era fabrics and ready-mades
Payless Fabrics – carries hard-to-find polished cotton, moire and faille
Prism Silks (was Golden Silks) – carries all kinds of silks: brocade, chiffon, raw silks, charmeuse, dupioni, crepe, habotai, organza, velvet, taffeta, jacquard, satin, and more
Pure Silks (aka Exclusive Silks) – wide variety of silks & other apparel fabrics; stiff and soft organdy
Renaissance Fabrics – Tell Diana you found her from HistoricalSewing.com; wide variety of natural fiber fabrics
Reproduction Fabrics – gorgeous and period correct cottons from the late 18th C. to modern quilting patterns
The Ribbon Store – fantastic ribbons AND she’ll send swatches
Silk Baron – beautiful colors specializing in all sorts of silk textiles
Spoonflower – design your own fabric – What can you imagine??
Thai Silks – over 1400 kinds of imported silks
Tinsel Trading – vintage millinery trims & so much more
Trim Place – a variety of trims
The Tulle Factory – in Germany with lots of tulle options including ones in cotton and silk
Vintage & Vogue – high quality quilting cottons
Vintage Button Emporium – online shop for vintage & antique buttons
Vintage Trims – lots of trims usually sold in gross rolls
Vogue Fabrics – large fabric store online; corset hardware supplier recommended by Farthingales in Canada
Whittle’s Fabrics – tons of cotton fabrics, many good for mid-19th Century garments
Wooded Hamlet/Needle & Thread – one source for organdy and great natural trims
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