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This list, compiled by Melearlin, is a list of a variety of places to buy a variety of fabrics. This is merely for informational purposes, and is NOT considered an endorsement of quality or anything else.

(This is quoted from another thread, however, I edited the quotes to remove extraneous information)

If you find others, feel free to add!

Wool:
  • Fabric Mart is another favorite! They get bolt ends from other suppliers, so they never have the same thing twice. Note, never buy something from there full price. They always have rotating sales, so wait for a P-Z sale before buying their Wool.
  • Denver Fabrics
  • Dharma Fabrics is the most inexpensive place around if you don't mind plain white.
Cotton or rayon sateen will not be as shiny as silk, but will have a nice drape and texture while be way easier to work with and way less expensive (and a bunch of the above linked places carry it). This is also totally findable in the form of sheets at Goodwill or other thrift stores if you get lucky!

Note, this is totally not exhaustive. I do nearly all my fabric shopping online, so if you are looking for something specific post it here, and I'd be happy to go on an online hunt for it!

European sites. Here is the list I got from one of my sewing groups (note, I can't vouch for the quality on most of these, but I know the top 3 are excellent)

https://www.thehistoricalfabricstore.com/ (based in Sweden even! If you can go in person, I will be jealous forever)
https://sartor.cz/
Tudor Tailor: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheTudorTailor?section_id=12946895
Classicfabrics.nl
https://www.abakhan.co.uk
https://www.bstfabrics.co.uk
https://www.calicolaine.co.uk/
https://www.cowlingandwilcox.com/
http://craftyattic.com/
https://www.croftmill.co.uk/
https://www.dragonflyfabrics.co.uk
https://www.empressmills.co.uk
https://www.fabricgodmother.co.uk
https://www.fabricland.co.uk
https://www.fabworks.co.uk
https://www.joelandsonfabrics.com/
https://maltingsfabrics.com/
https://www.minervacrafts.com
https://miss-cloe-fabrics.myshopify.com
https://www.myfabrics.co.uk
https://www.scotlandshop.com/
https://www.sewcurvy.com/
https://www.sewessential.co.uk/
https://sewingchest.co.uk/
https://www.vvrouleaux.com/
https://www.whaleys-bradford.ltd.uk/


I'm guessing there are also good local stores that I will never know about.

Fringe (for those Aes Sedai Shawls)
Crazy Cow Trading Post
Trims By the Yard
Dove Originals
 

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Don't @ me......If you are sewing on a budget lately I have been getting my fabric from the remnants bin in the fabric aisle at Walmart and Joanne's. Lately Walmart especially has been labeling yardage as 2 yards for $4 to $8 but when you unfold it and fold it the proper way, there's about 5+ yards in the bundle. Today I discovered that Walmart also has $3 McCall patterns. I got several of the same patterns, so I could make different versions of them. I also know that certain Costubers like Rachel Maksy will blatantly use bedsheets and curtains from thrift stores.
 
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The calontrims link doesn't seem to be working, can you check it?
 
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That worked! Thanks
 

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I get my fringe and trim through a shop on Etsy. Have had good experiences with them. Huntington Fabrics. Have had to go elsewhere for the super long 12” fringes.

Usually get my fabric from Joann’s, but I have a plus account there so I get bulk discounts.
 

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Coming along to add that what @Maddie Vitalia suggested is correct - when I did living history years ago we all used fabrics-store.com for our linen supplier and often wool besides. I no longer hand sew with bone needles, but it was easily some of the most consistent cotton or flax linens I had ever worked with!
 

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Oh my Alisen... sewing with bone needles?! Now there's a tale I'd like to hear! :D
 

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Oh my Alisen... sewing with bone needles?! Now there's a tale I'd like to hear! :D

Time, patience, and very good thimbles. Our group leader's wife was an amazing seamstress, she could put a shirt together in a day during breaks at her office job and come home to custom knit socks in a style that copied those found in dig pits at Mainz, Germany. I truly do not know how that woman managed so many hobbies and a full career and household, but she tried to teach us on top of that.

We would sit there at the kitchen table and sip tea spiked with kirchwasser while slowly hemming veils one weekend, then sit outside with her husband all day sewing the group canvas tent the next.
 

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That all sounds incredibly dreamy Alisen... what a wonderful way to spend a day! You were lucky to have such a gifted teacher. :)
 
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