Resources

Here is a list of suppliers for most of the resources we use in classes:

Gridded pattern cutting board

Perfect Pattern Paper

Plain dressmakers tissue paper

Online haberdashery shop

Half inch (12mm) Scotch Magic Tape

Seam Gauge

I’ve always been a big fan of this curvy ruler.  It has cut-outs to help you mark 5/8 inch (1.5cm) and 1 inch (2.5 cm) seam allowances for straight edges and around curves – brilliant for pattern alterations!

As for the biggest question of all – where to buy fabric – mostly I get mine online, simply because fabric shops are few and far between in my immediate area.  This isn’t ideal of course but most of them will send a sample so that you can at least check the colour, if not the feel, of the fabric.

Here are some other online shops I’ve used and been happy with:

Calico Laine

Stone Fabrics

Minerva Craft Centre

These are the main eBay sellers who I’ve been happy with:

Sewendipity

Suzie May

In Fashion Fabrics (mostly stretch fabrics)

Just check when you’re buying through eBay that the price is for a full metre and not a fat quarter!

Shops:

There is a chain of shops in the South-East area called Fabricland.  I have been to the one in Kingston and it’s ok.  Huge selection, some of it cheap-and-cheerful so you have to be a bit careful, but all in all I was happy with what I got.  This is their website.

There is a shop in Atlantic Road, Brixton called Simply Fabrics (actually two shops, but one does habby stuff and the other fabrics). It tends to do end of lines etc and so it can be a bit hit and miss whether you see anything  you like.

Check out this blog by Tilly (of Sewing Bee fame) about fabric shops in London.