Fabrics & Trims
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.
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?…
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
Fabrics-Store.com - terrific linen fabrics
Farmhouse Fabrics - look for cotton trims, voiles and other sheers, some silks, organdy
Golden Silks - carries all kinds of silks: brocade, chiffon, raw silks, charmeuse, dupioni, crepe, habotai, organza, velvet, taffeta, jacquard, satin, and more
Haberman Fabrics – recommended by Lynn A.
Hancock Fabrics - big box chain store
JoAnn Fabrics - big box chain store
Kochan and Phillips – reproduction historical textiles (wools)
Lace Heaven - lace, notions, buttons, ribbons, fringe
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
Nauvoo Quilt and Textile Co. – some repros for 1800s and 1930s-50s
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
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
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
The Tulle Factory – in Germany with lots of tulle options including ones in cotton and silk
Vintage & Vogue – high quality quilting cottons
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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