Brisbane has a few fabric stores. Some places specialize in quilting fabrics to the exclusion of almost any other type of fabric. Some places carry 85% garbage, and you have to dig for the 15% of good stuff while the staff ignore you. I’m looking at you, Spotlight and Lincraft. Some places carry fancies imported from Italy with prices per meter comparable to my weekly rent.
But now- we have The Fabric Store, from the same people who run New Zealand’s Global Fabrics! A friend of mine goes to New Zealand frequently; she usually hits Global Fabrics and takes my shopping list with her. (I’m lucky to have such good friends!) That’s how much we already loved Global Fabrics, and how much Brisbane needed a shop like this one. She and I and another fabric geek friend checked out The Fabric Store yesterday.
They opened last November in the Valley; I only just got around to visiting them for the first time and I can’t believe this place. They carry everything (even teflon), no garbage. I love this wall of linen rolls- weights from “tote bag” to “diaphanous gauze.”
It’s not all linen, either. It’s everything. Designer end-of-rolls, organic cottons, lightweight wools, merinos, tencel jersey, gorgeous printed silks, linen jersey, interesting (and boring, useful) denim, and sparklies! Best of all, the prices are eminently reasonable.
The shop itself is very basic- a clean, light, freshly painted warehouse full of incredible fabrics. They even have an area for non-fabric-geeks to sit and rest and toys for kids. AND they have big mirrors. It’s a simple place, but obviously set up by people who love fabric and have the sewist in mind. I love it.
I took advantage of their sale (30% off from Saturday!) to pick up a few basics. The bright blue is an organic cotton jersey, and the khaki an ordinary but nice stretch-polished cotton. My husband needs new clothes and hates shopping; I forsee a week or two of sweatshop-sewing-for-the-man in my future. That last fabric is a stretch denim. Por moi. Doesn’t it look like silk? It’s a weird one, stretchy along the selvedge:
New Zealanders/Syneysiders/Melbournians- tell me about your local Global Fabrics/The Fabric Store…?
Be sure to check out the Pants-Block-Tester-Giveaway! I’m really encouraged by the response, and how this project is shaping up with this week’s testers. Thank you so much for sharing about your pants issues, it really helps me create the best service possible for you.
Also– It looks like Congress has put a hold on the SOPA- PIPA legislation– largely due to the humungous public outcry against it!!