Buying Guide for Fabrics (1)

For regular readers of Lottie is Loving, you will know that I occasionally dabble in a little sewing.  My sewing skills are fairly basic (learnt mainly in Year 9 through my dress making elective which if I remember correctly only ever produced one very dodgy skirt) and I am at my best when I am sewing straight lines with little to no detail.  I am not known to follow patterns and I will begrudgingly use pins.  But I adore fabric and whenever I am in a fabric store I have a tendency to get carried away buying fabric for projects that will likely never see the light of day.  If like me you don’t mind sewing, or if you would like to have someone with actual sewing skills whip something up for you, here is my pick for best places to buy dress fabric and haberdashery.

Spotlight

An obvious first choice for anyone looking for fabric, thread, sewing accessories, buttons etc.  Back in the day I remember Spotlight only selling sewing items, but these days they also supply a whole host of party supplies and art and craft products as well.  It’s a bit of a one-stop shop.

People’s Park Plaza

This is one of my favourite places to shop for fabric in Singapore.  It is old school and a bit difficult to find, but persevere through the food court and the endless ladies asking if you would like your eyebrows threaded to find it, because once you go up the stairs and the fabric shops are revealed, you will be pleased you didn’t give up and go home.   Plan to come here around late morning / midday as many of the shops don’t open in the morning.  There are a number of fabric shops but below I have listed my favourites.

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Nicole Xavier 

If you are looking for Liberty of London fabrics in Singapore this is the place to come.  They have an excellent range.  They also do Chanel style tweed (if that’s your thing) and other high quality fabrics as well.  Don’t just think of Liberty fabric for little girls’ dresses – consider using it for cushions and bedlinen too.

Maggie Textile 

This store stocks a gorgeous array of printed cottons, many of which come from Japan.

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Brighton Accessories House 

A squish and a squeeze of a shop that is a treasure trove of ribbons, trims, threads, feathers, cords – everything you can think of to complete your sewing project.  I always stock up on ribbons and trims for wrapping presents.

Lye Nai Shiong 

A kaleidoscope of felt on the roll awaits.  Plus trimmings, ribbons, buttons, zips, threads and other small sewing items.

Ikea

Ikea do a good range of upholstery fabric.  I particularly like their broad striped Sofia fabric in black and white.

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Marimekko

Marimekko recently opened a new store in Singapore at the very beautiful Capitol Mall.  Their fabric designs are iconic.  I have my eye on the Luovi linen in blue for a table runner.

If schlepping around fabric stores is your idea of a dull day out and you prefer to click and shop – no problem, here are my online fabric picks:

Cath Kidston

Everyone knows a Cath Kidston print when they see it and whilst some of the designs have perhaps been over used, I still use this website for my sewing projects.  I particularly love the ‘Spot’ cotton duck.  It is a great neutral and I have used it plenty of times either as a base for something or paired with a more exciting print.

Liberty of London

It is almost a shame to place this beautiful store in an online recommendation as the architecture of the actual Liberty department store is something to behold.  Even if you have no interest in fabric, this shop is worth visiting when you are in London if only to soak up the stunning architecture.  However, here in the online world it is also a pretty good shop to visit too.

Spoonflower

This is an amazing website where you can choose fabric, wallpaper or even wrapping paper in designs available from their range of designers, or upload a design of your own and they will make it for you.  They ship internationally and have so many great options to choose from.  It is crazy good and completely addictive.

For a list of businesses in Singapore, go to my Directories page.  For online businesses, click on the links above.

Happy sewing!

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