View Full Version : How much is too much?

02-26-2003, 12:01 PM
What is a good amount to spend on fabric.

Ex: Hanky Weight Linen 6.95

Good or Bad

Where is a good place to get good quality fabric at reasonalbe prices?
(i'm in west texas)

should i trust online fabric stores?


02-26-2003, 01:01 PM
just a tip...

if you rummage through the clearance bins at Walmart or Joannes or any of your local fabric shops, you're quite likely to find real bargains. My cloak twill was normally six or seven a yard, and I got it for just .96 a yard. I have a bunch of raw silk I bought for $1.50 a yard and fine white cottons at $1.00.

in fact, many of my skirts and chemises were made from .96 to $2 a yard stuff. I DO plan on invading the linen section this off season to make some new chemises, but that's ahead of me, and after buying an encampment tent and painting it. whoo hoo!!

Thought about making one, then decided that this was one purchase WORTH making.

02-26-2003, 01:02 PM
I usually will not pay more than $5.00 a yard for anything. I use 50% coupons like they are water at Jo-Ann's. I have heard good things about Fabric.com, but have never used them.

That is an excellent price for 100% Linen at a hanky weight.. Double check the contents, as i wouldn't pay that for a blend.

02-26-2003, 03:29 PM
...the upholstry remmnants at Joann's are great for cloaks and for bodices if you use a muslin to line them with!!!! and everyone is right......very inexpensive.............

02-26-2003, 09:12 PM
I am the fabric guru!!! Here's my rule of thumb-

Do I like the color, feel, drape, hand? Will it make a good Widget? Can I afford it? In my case, will it sell?

I'm with Emalia in that I don't pay more than $5.00 a yard for fabric, UNLESS, it is silk brocade. then, I don't pay more that $7.00.

Depending on where you live there may be a fabric district near you (Philly, NYC, Dallas/FT. Worth, LA, Portland). Investigate that. I love LA, its like a dream come true.

Check out your local flea markets. I buy my fabric from a wholesaler at a flea market. I get my silks for $3.00-$5.00 a yard, same with linens and woolens.

I have a $400 a month fabric budget for my business so I scout everywhere for fabric, including upholsetry shops, which have AWESOME rememant tables.

Joann's Muslin goes on sale sometiems for .69 a yard. Buy a whole 50 yard bolt. It dyes well and make kick ass chemises and pantalons.

Hope this helps.


02-27-2003, 10:51 AM
DEFINATELY keep watching the dollar bins at Wal-Mart. Sometimes theres not a lot, but other times it's amazing what you can find in there . . .

Another thing to consider is resale shops. I've found some awesome stuff at Value Village in the form of discarded draperies, etc. Lots of large peices of really great fabrics that someone's tossed out because a little bit of trim has come off the edge or there's a little rip or stain someplace. (I found two looong peices of really pretty velvet for something like $1.50, total.)

Good luck!


02-27-2003, 10:55 AM
Online shops:

Old standby's:

My fav's (have used both, no problems with either):
http://www.wazoodle.com (Canadian company)

I'm building up my flannel supply for October bloomers and these two above have given me great deals on them!

Used name brand fabrics, but do not come cheaply (GREAT designs, though!)

02-28-2003, 02:21 PM
Since I just buy for myself, I also watch the sales, but maybe not as close as others do. If I need it, and it won't break the bank, I'll get it whether it's on sale or not. But that's just me.

I do haunt Jo-Ann's clearance bolts, and do the same at Hancock Fabrics. Just found some yummy black wool that will be privateer pants, once I finish them...

Anyway, I also have had luck with fabric.com--they also have great sales, and actually try to cater to the quilters and re-enactors in their fabric selections. Get on their emailing list, so you know when they are having the good sales.

just Lori