As a regional sewer I don’t have the luxury of having access to a huge amount of fabric and tools in my home town.
The easiest solution is to look online. Sometimes it takes a bit of digging. For my own sanity I’m putting my list here.
My preference for Aussie retailers comes from the cost of postage. Some places want to charge $50 to post to Australia from overseas. Which I accept is the actual cost but I can’t afford to pay it.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of retailers and sources but these are ones that I have used. I also like to buy from smaller retailers where I can.
I haven’t included Spotlight and Lincraft – mostly cause most people know about them.
Stocks, as the name may suggest, a wide selection of lingerie supplies and patterns. They have patterns for all different sizes and different types of bras and lingerie.
Whilst not a stockist of fabric or haberdashery I have bought quite a few sewing books. They stock Gertie’s books, Tilly and the Buttons and The Fit for Real People series. They also offer Afterpay.
Ebony Craft stock a pretty good range threads, zips, ribbons and trims. They are really speedy with the delivery and cheap with their prices.
Whilst the Fabric Store is from New Zealand, they have stores in Australia and a grand online store. They stock a lot of natural fibre fabrics and liberty prints. I am particularly fond of their range of jersey.
If you love the indie patterns like me then this is the place to go. They stock a wide range of independent designers. It helps reduce on shipping costs, which lets be honest no one likes to pay.
Megan Nielsen has an absolutely divine range of patterns. They are available in both pdf and paper. Her Flint trousers are on my must sew list when I get over my fear of grading trousers. The Matilda dress is also on my list.
Whilst this is primarily a stockiest of quilting fabric they stock my favourite Australian fabric Gertrude Made, Outback Wife. The service is fantastic. They have a big range with some good sales.
I’ve ordered a few times from the Remnant Warehouse and have never been disappointed. They are my first port of call when looking for fabric. They have a good collection of knits and wovens. They also stock natural fibers and their prices are fantastic. They also offer a sample service for $1 per sample. Their postage rates are also pretty good with a flat rate for the first 10 metres.
Sew Squirrel is a stockist of lingerie supplies. They stock patterns, kits, fabric and notion. The also let you curate your wish list and offer a flat rate for postage.
Style Arc has a massive range of patterns, both pdf and paper. They cater for both hemispheres. Their size range is pretty wide range of sizes.
Tessuti stock the most luxe fabrics. Their range is beautiful. The downside is they are pricey but you get quality fabric. They also have a pretty good range of haberdashery.
In addition to a great range of fabrics they also have their own range of patterns.
Wattle Hill Fabrics stock a good range of quilting cottons, rayons and knits. They stock Art Gallery, Cotton and Steel and Ella Blue Fabrics. Another plus is that they offer Afterpay (if you are from Australia and haven’t heard about it find the info here).
This list is not by any means exhaustive and I’d love to hear any more suggestions from you. I have focused on online retailers – because it’s easier for me to access.