My absolute favorite thing while sewing is when a fabric tells me exactly what it wants to be! There is no question and no hesitation to cut when it just feels right!!
When I saw the amazing Katy wearing the Spring Gingham in a reveal video a few weeks back I knew I needed it! When I was lucky enough to get two yards, I immediately balked at the thought of messing it up. It arrived and was thrown unceremoniously into the wash to delay the decision making process (have I mentioned I hate making decisions? It is the worst!!)
Well, it came out of the dryer (the one and only time it will be there on purpose) and the time had come. No more delays or excuses. I pulled it out and expected nervousness and apprehension. But something magical happened! As this gorgeous single brushed poly (SBP) is flowing through my hands, I am enjoying the buttery softness and the vintage vibe to the gingham and BAM!!! The Halla Elise pops into my head.
I just tested this top and am COMPLETELY IN LOVE WITH IT!!!!! I cannot emphasize enough that I would likely wear an Elise every day if it wouldn’t be weird. It has the great vintage feel to compliment that gorgeous gingham. It is simple, but packs a punch. And I feel amazing wearing it.
Now for the fun part. Got my pattern all put together and cut out, I’m now getting nervous that this wonderfully flowy, soft and lovely SBP is going to be a bit of a pain to cut out. Have no fear!!! It is the easiest fabric to work with! It didn’t stick to itself, but also didn’t slide around while I was cutting. The pattern is perfectly on grain, so lining everything up wasn’t fiddly and annoying. Basically, it was a dream to work with.
And now, I have an amazingly comfortable top that makes me feel gorgeous and ready to tackle anything!! If you’re looking for a shirt or dress that looks like you spent forever adding the little details that really pop, but really you made in one interrupted afternoon, the Halla Elise is perfect. And Sly Fox Fabrics really killed it with this perfect Spring Gingham SBP.
xx Stephanie <3
Check out Sly Fox and be sure to sign up for their serger sweepstakes! They give away a serger every single month AND you only have to enter once to be in it to win it for the rest of 2018!!
If you want to go directly to this gorgeous fabric, I’ve got that link for you as well! Spring Gingham
Also take a peek at Halla Patterns. They have beautiful choices and put so much time and thought into each pattern to really give you what you need in every one. Plus they have a couple freebies. 😉 Halla Elise (This is an affiliate link. If you click through here and end up purchasing something, the designer sends me a small portion as a referral thank you. It costs you nothing, but helps fund my fabric addiction.)
Buying fabric might be one of my favorite things. It is so fun to wander a warehouse or a website and find beautiful, unique, hopefully soft fabrics of all sorts. I love the unfettered possibilities at hand!
I’d like to say that most of my fabric comes from a local place that has an amazing selection and better prices, but alas, I often succumb to the gorgeousness filling my Facebook feed. The trouble there is that is can be scary buying from a new fabric company! I’ve seen so many people scammed and cheated out of their money over fabric.
So, I’m going to break down where I spend way too much money and share some of my favorite fabric sources!
One of my new favorite places, is Love Adore Knits (loveadoreco.com). They are such a sweet company, have gorgeous fabrics and amazing prices. They have frequent sales and super fast turnaround time for shipping. I am obsessed with checking out their website and planning an entire closet full of gorgeous pieces. Their website is available Wednesday 5 pm to Saturday 5pm. Then they close down, clear out and ship all those orders. If you order multiple times, they do combine and refund overages, which is always nice. Also, from what I can tell, they do sales A LOT!! So their already low prices are even better!
Talking about new obsessions, Sly Fox Fabrics (slyfoxfabrics.com)is killing it with beautiful prints, bold colors (if you haven’t noticed, these speak to me), a wide selection of types of fabric, and wonderful prices. Plus, Katy does a reveal video of new fabrics every week and gives them away!! Now, I never win anything (like, in life, I’m just not the lucky one), but it is fun to connect with the shop owner, see all the fabrics and pairings and chat with other fabric lovers. And she often does a Sly Buy!! The Sly Buy is one fabric, offered at $5 a yard for just one day, or until is sells out. Pro-tip – IT ALWAYS SELLS OUT!! Because it is always gorgeous.
Another place I recently started shopping is Knitpop (knitpop.com – this one is an affiliate link – if you buy something after clicking it, they send me a small portion of the sale – it adds nothing to your total, but is appreciated on my end!). Talk about inexpensive fabric!! Wow! They have a wonderful selection and low, low prices. I was thrilled when we loosened the purse-strings a little earlier this year because they still had the snowflakes I had been dying for all winter!! Now that I have a few yards in hand, no idea what to make!! But in general, gorgeous prints, fun custom fabrics and great quality. Also, damn, the turnaround time is ridiculous.
We spent a long time eyeing up Sincerely Riley before ordering. Not because she’s shady, but because her gorgeousness sold out before we could get our hands on it!! Darcey has amazing taste and puts together beautiful mystery boxes. She often posts an inspiration pic and you get fabrics that coordinate with the photo. We ordered some of the sweater boxes and let me tell you, they are effing gorgeous. (sincerelyrylee.com/)
A not-new favorite has to be So Sew English Fabrics (sosewenglishfabrics.com). I swear half my stash is from So Sew English. So is half my closet!! 😀 They have fun, trendy prints on ridiculously soft fabrics at reasonable prices. What?! The thing that they ALWAYS get me with (like every effing time) is the gorgeous bundles Chey puts together! Sometimes the fabric isn’t available by the yard, sometimes it is. But every time, I lust and send pictures to my sister hoping she’ll cave and buy more fabric. Plus they are now doing a deal of the day! They reduce the price of one or two fabrics for just one day. I need a third job…
Also not-new to me, but damn, have I been ordering from them for quite a while is Fabric Mart (fabricmartfabrics.com). Now, my Facebook feed isn’t filled with them (probably a good thing) and I don’t see a ton of social media in general, but they have AMAZING fabrics and the best prices. Seriously. They do flat shipping, so I always order when I can order too much, to spread out the cost (it is only ten bucks, but still). They have the best sales. Every day, new stuff goes on sale or drops into the various clearance sections and they have a Sue’s Pick deal. Guys – they have an entire section of $1/yard fabric. And it isn’t terrible, gross, ugly, not-usable fabric. The other half of my stash is from here. They have amazing quality at how-do-they-stay-in-business prices and really fast shipping! If you aren’t buying from them, sign up for their emails and see if they can’t tempt you.
Those are my main online shops. I do branch out when I want something specific, or a new shop has something I just can’t pass up (after doing ample research, of course). And I do buy online at Joann and Fabric.com and window shop at Mood.com and a few others.
I also shop at Joann Fabric in person, sometimes. I find they are getting more frustrating to deal with, the more competition they have. Their cuts are often short, most fabrics shrink a lot and they just don’t have the selection or competitive pricing I’m looking for. Sometimes they have something I just can’t get anywhere else in a timely fashion and every once in a while they have something I HAVE TO HAVE!!!! Did anyone score the Harry Potter Maps cotton lycra? I asked about it and was told they haven’t had it since the 70s and it wasn’t orderable. Um, what?! So, their customer service is also leaving me wanting. But, they are still a solid standby and for those not lucky enough to have room to stash fabrics, or have access to the warehouse I’m about to mention, it is a great option for something close and convenient.
Atlanta is a great place to need fabric though. We have tons of shops for anything you could need!! Cute little quilt shops? Check. Small, crazily “organized” apparel fabrics? Check. GIANT WAREHOUSE OF APPAREL FABRIC? More than one option!! My favorite is Fine Fabrics. Its about 15 minutes from my house (with light Atlanta traffic). Most their knit fabric runs 4-6 bucks a yard, they are super generous with their cuts and they have literally any type of apparel fabric I could want. (I’m lusting after some of those flipping sequins that change colors right now to make a bomber jacket. That’s normal, right?) They also have walls and walls of zippers, elastics, stretch lace, and thread cones. All at prices that make me grab stuff, just in case I might need it. Now, it has downsides. They don’t list fabric content on anything. Nothing is organized. It is loud and crowded. Not everything is price tagged. But, the customer service is killer!! They are beyond helpful, friendly and knowledgeable!
I hope this small breakdown of just a few options is helpful to at least a few people! If not, it makes me happy. 🙂 HAHA
What are your favorite places to shop?! I’d love some suggestions for more or to hear your thoughts on these places!