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.

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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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!).

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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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