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Silk Fabric "Sale"

Fabric Mart is having one of their sales. It's 50% of all their silk which means $15 a yard. Not bad but not great either. Still, I found a color I loved and bought the remaining 8 yards. :-) There is also a teal/sand striped silk taffeta for $9 a yard. It's not everyone's color choice but the stripes look perfect for 18th C.

The list of fabric stores (since Ashleylaurent asked for a list!):

  • Mostly drapery fabrics but some pretty good buys as well.

  • Fabric dot com has all the things. They used to be awesome but Amazon bought them out so now that Steve is no longer in charge, the coupons aren't fast and furious anymore.

  • Denver Fabrics and Fashion Fabrics Club are the same store. Denver fabrics was a privately owned business that got bought out years ago. Unfortunately, I've had a few bad experiences with them (they'll say something is 100% wool and I doubt it even had wool in it!) so be wary.

  • Renaissance Fabrics is droolable. I love all their fabrics. Of course, they are on the pricey side but it's worth it for a few of their fabrics.

  • Syfabrics is a seller on ebay but also has a website. I've never had a problem with them and love a lot of the fabrics I've gotten. I just bought a mustard wool blend from them a couple of weeks ago.

  • B & J fabrics probably stands for Broke & Jobless because their fabrics tend to be so $$$ that that's what you'll be. However, they sometimes have some rare fabrics that are impossible to find elsewhere.

  • Pure silks is a great place to go if you need that specific color of silk taffeta. They aren't outrageous in their prices (about $19 a yard on average) but they are shipping from overseas so it can be slow sometimes.

  • Dharma Trading is one I've used mainly for dyes. I know others have bought fabric from them. I've never heard a complaint.

  • Fabric Store is where you go if you want linen. You do not bother with anywhere else - except Carolina Fabrics who only travel to SCA events.

  • Prism Silks used to be Golden Silks. I've bought silk velvet and silk taffeta from them. They are simply fabulous. I actually do need to buy more silk velvet from them...

  • Burnley & Trowbridge focus mostly on 18th C fabrics. However, a lot of their stuff can be used for almost any era. Price wise, they are pretty comparable to everyone else

  • William Booth Draper is another 18th C specialty store. The website seems to be down for me right now.

  • Sartor focuses on medieval and Renaissance fabrics. I've seen everyone of their fabrics in person. You want all of them. Considering the work that goes into some of the reproductions, their prices are pretty reasonable


I'm sure I've missed a few but those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. Anyone else have any suggestions to add to the list?

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Dharma Trading is by far the best I've found for inexpensive silk organza and silk/rayon velvet. They have other good fabrics too.

And I use Vogue fabrics for cotton organdy.