My favorite fabric retailers

  • The Fabric Store – multiple locations; be aware that the online store ships from New Zealand though. Also providing patterns now; I haven’t used them much.
  • Homecraft Textiles – based in WA; good for basics and bulk-buy.
  • The Remnant Warehouse – based in Sydney
  • Fibresmith – tends to be higher-end; based in Victoria
  • Tessuti Fabrics – higher end, so expensive. Melbourne and Sydney; also providing patterns, though their patterns are in imperial measurements which can be a bit of a pain and their sizing could be better
  • The Drapery – based in Adelaide, though not easy to get to. Also a higher-end option.
  • DK Fabrics – based in Adelaide, with a wide range of quality and pricing. Online presence has been patchy for some time, but the website seems to be back now.

Retailers for notions and other items

  • Button Bar – Adelaide Arcade, unfortunately no online store.
  • Kornacraft Gawler – once my closest option, alas no more.
  • Norwood Sewing Centre – formerly Chapel Sewing Solutions; Norwood now sells the notions, papers and tools. Not easy to get to unfortunately.
  • Elizabeth Machines Co – industrial sewing machines, parts, servicing, and the best rulers I’ve ever used.

My favorite pattern companies

  • Thread Theory – primarily menswear patterns; their sizing there is quite good, though they don’t offer much in Big & Tall options. Good-quality instructions and sew-alongs too.
  • Sew Liberated – has a tendency to run large, and I usually need to take a lot of extra fabric out of the back. Good size range and good instructions and extras available in their new and revamped patterns, but not all of them have gotten this treatment.
  • Merchant & Mills – Not really my favorite owing to how large their sizing tends to run, but they do some good stuff. They also sell fabric, tools and notions, but they’re very pricy being in the UK.
  • Cashmerette Patterns – really good plus-size workwear and basics patterns, and with adjustment usable for smaller but still curvy figures who can be left out by other companies; they’re the only ones I’ve seen providing multiple cup sizes for tops, for example.
  • Buckaroo Bobbins – Old West-style patterns; unfortunately they do not provide digital patterns, or metric patterns (but they do print on tougher paper than the usual tissue which is nice). Instructions are also not always detailed or clear enough, which can be an issue, and the sizing can run a bit large. I invested heavily, but I prefer to use their patterns as a base for hacking other patterns to get the same style but a better fit or easier-to-follow construction. I obtained the patterns via Patterns of Time and the brand’s Etsy page.