Who likes looking at new fabrics? I need your help!

by Leah Taylor on June 18, 2010

I am looking at expanding my range of fabrics, in particular natural fabrics such as cotton and linen. But there are already so many on-line shops selling cottons, and they are doing such a fantastic job, that rather than offer more of the same I want to source something slightly different.

I have found a really interesting supplier with a beautiful range of cotton voiles and drills that are perfect for dressmaking (not to mention quilting or other crafts). The fabrics would probably retail in the region of £35-40 per metre, and the quality truly is superb (I have samples in-hand). However, I need to commit to a pretty hefty order, and so this is where I really need your help!

Below is a sample from the range. Can you please take a look and let me know what you think?

– What do you think of the designs? Which is your favourite, and are there any you definitely would or wouldn’t buy?
– Would you buy this fabric at £35-40 per metre, online?
– Do you have a preference for cotton drill (200gsm) or voile?
– Is there any specific kind of fabric you wish I sold? (fabric type / design etc – whatever you feel like commenting on!)

I would really appreciate your input and comments, so that I can buy what YOU want! As a thank you I’ll e-mail a discount voucher to everyone that takes part. Please post your comments below or if you prefer, you can send me a message using this form.

Thank you!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Fiona June 18, 2010 at 11:50 am

I really like 5 a/b, 6 a/b and 7 but have to say I probably wouldnt spend that much for fabric online without being able to see and handle the fabric.

It’s a lot of money if it turns out the fabric isn’t quite as you thought it would be.


BaggieAggieUK June 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I quite like them, but I definitely wouldn’t pay that, either for making my craft items or for personal use. There are lots of really gorgeous designer fabrics out there for a lot less, so they’re not for me, I’m afraid. Sorry! x


Sarah June 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I think the price is ok if you also offered the chance to buy as fat quarters, this price works out the same as £8-9 per fat quarter (I think!?) which lots of other shops do. I’m not sure I would buy by the metre, but I’d consider smaller purchases for specific projects. My favourites are 3 and 5a. Would consider both drill and voile depending on the fabric design and the project – 3 I can imagine would be nicer as voile, 5a as drill. Hope this helps!


Jane M June 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm

I like the 1s, 3 and the 5s, especially 5b very much, but would be very unlikely to buy enough to make a whole frock at that price. However, if you were selling in fractions of metres, I might buy enough for garment highlights (patch pockets etc) or for a small craft project.

I’m personally on the hunt for a gorgeous stretch velvet to make an ice skating dress from!


Aileen mckenna June 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I really love the fabrics but I wouldn’t be willing to part with £35-40 a metre. I particularly like number 7 though and have been looking for large-ish prints. As for future fabrics, I have been searching high and low fir lovely border print fabrics to add a nice edge to my dresses and skirts to no avail. I really live the possibilities those fabrics present but they are so hard to find. If you were to consider adding these to your store I’d be your best customer!


U. Cohen June 20, 2010 at 10:40 pm

A reminder of my o so long ago lost youth! 1a,6a and 7 are favourites but a bit pricy at 30+ per meter (depends a little on width too!).


Claire June 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I like 1a and 8 (and also 7) but no I would not be prepared to pay £35 -40 per metre for any fabric. I make clothes, and at that price, a dress would cost c£100+ to make. I’m not that good to risk that kind of outlay!

I appreciate the fact that you are trying to find alternative fabrics for your shop though. Thank you for my order, it came very speedily, excellent service.


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