Sunday, November 7, 2010

Episode 61- Online Fabric Shopping

an interview with Carolyn from Diary of a Sewing Fanatic
Blog for wardrobe ideas:
Cabi Canary

a few online fabric sites:
Fabric mart

Sawyer brooks

Elliot berman


Gorgeous fabric

Please feel free to add your favorite online sites in the comments

Pictures of my latest knit tops:

 Above is Ottobre

Cardi-wrap 2603 (simplicity)


Anne LO said...

Sniff, sniff, it's not up?


Anne LO said...

I found it by guessing the title of the post - maybe it's just the front page that is not yet updated.

Jodena said...

I sure appreciate all the work you go to producing these podcasts. Makes my drive to work more enjoyable. I wish I had more time to sew although I'll definately have to check out the fabric sites. Thank you!

Ellie said...

I really love your podcasts - I look forward to them every month!

Please, though, don't disparage the chain fabric stores. It's all some of us can afford. The quality of the fabrics have gotten better in my opinion. I can't afford, especially when my skills are such that I'm not always sure how something is going to turn out!

Beth said...

I very much enjoyed listening to your interview with Carolyn today. I felt like you both were right in the kitchen with me. Thanks!

Yvonne Bennett said...

Just wanted to finally leave a comment and tell you how much I love the podcast. I've listened to them all at least twice! Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge of and love of sewing.

Terri_A said...

I don't think anyone disparaged the chain stores. When I listened to it at first I thought it was a different word than "craft" store, then I realized OH she said "craft" - but then I am a little hard of hearing. There is nothing wrong with shopping at the chain stores. We all do it. The longer I have sewn, the more I have realized that you are paying through the nose for lower quality fabric and 45" widths most of the time at the chain stores. That means I am getting way less fabric for more money. Once I learned how to shop at and fabric mart I started saving so much money that I feel GUILTY to spend twice as much as I need to at say Joanns. My average price per yd at Joanns is about $8. My average price online is less than four dollars and it is all wide widths over 50" and designer. I am picky though. I never buy cheapo dollar a yd polyester. Like Carolyn, I tend to buy linens, cottons, wools and unlike Carolyn -silk and silk blends.
I want to go on vaca to fabricmart... that would be so wonderful:-)

smithcindyk said...

Thanks for podcast. I always enjoy listening on my commute. Whenever you post a new one, I have to grab a pad and pen to write down new patterns and websites to check out.

I want to see a picture of the new apron! I plan on making some for Christmas gifts.

Thanks again,

Laritza said...

Thank you for the podcast! I love each and everyone of the episodes. Looking forward to more.

Virginia said...

Great interview with Carolyn, great fabric sites and information shared. Thanks for keeping us informed about what's happening in the sewing world.

Pam said...

Thanks so much for your podcasts and sharing your sewing knowledge. You are a big inspiration to me. It's great to see what fabrics you match with which pattern. I regret it's taken me so long to comment. Your contributions really help to make sewing exciting and creative.

MySummerTouch said...

Hi Lori!
Thank you for the interesting podcast!!
I justgot the idea - why don't you show what you/ve sewn on VIDEO? Maybe the process of sewing? I would watch it with pleasure! What do you think?

Patty said...

Hi Lori,
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the recent chat with Carolyn on your podcast! It felt like getting together with a couple of girlfriends to just talk sewing :-)
Keep up the good work, your podcast is one of my favorites!

BMS said...

I am a brand new sewer. I have just completed my first three small (i.e. glasses case, sleep eye mask, and wristlet). I downloaded your podcast in the hopes that I would learn from it and I was beyond pleasantly surprised. I learned tons about fabric where to purchase it online. I am a new loyal listener. Thank you!

Amy said...

Thank you so much for that great interview. I spent some time reading Carolyn's blog, and I am so inspired. I just wanted to give Purl Soho a shout out for fabric. I live in Wisconsin where there are a lot of big box craft stores and quilt shops. But we are lacking in those cute Japanese prints. My daughter is the ultimate girly girl so I am always looking for cute prints. I usually end up in NYC once a year so I like to go there and stock up and I look on line a lot! It's not a place for a bargain, but if you're looking for something special for a little one, it's well worth a look. Thanks again for another great podcast!

Donna said...

Wonderful podcast! I've learned a lot about patterns to try, fabrics, shopping sites (!) and more. I look forward to going back and downloading more podcasts, then subscribing so I don't miss any more. Thanks so much for your work and insights!

Marcela said...

I rarely buy locally. Most fabrics here at the quilt shops are $10+yd and with a sales tax of 9.25%...well, it's just too much. I buy on-line. There is no tax and free shipping. The prices are much better too. My favorite it Your show is great Lori.

Angela said...

Thanks for the great tips for buying fabrics online. I have been so afraid to try it, but I think I'm going to give Fabric Mart a try. Love to listen to your podcast!!

Melissa said...

I really enjoyed your podcast today. I was doing drugery work so listen to you and Carolyn talk about sewing made my work go by much faster. :-)

Maxine said...

Hi Lori
Thanks for another great podcast. I love your shows and have recently downloaded them all again to listen to. It's always good to refresh the memory! I am trying to get back into sewing after several years gap for both enjoyment and economic purposes. Also I'm not always a fan of what is in the shops so it's great to be able to make something that's your own style, and that no-one else will have. Busy coming up with ideas for Christmas gifts at the moment -if you have any ideas for male gifts, I'd be glad to hear them!!
Thanks again for the fab podcasts!

Dana in DFW said...

I always love your podcasts and was excited to hear Carolyn's voice!

Love Sew Serendipity, would love the book!

Thanks, Lori- always excited to see you upload another podcast.

Tasha said...

You may want to check your links because I've tried a couple of times and most of these are not working.
When you try to click to go to the sites, nothing happens. You can google just the same but maybe its a technical difficulty.
Love the podcast.

mytoothfairypillow said...

Thank you for continuing to podcast. You keep me company on my drive to and from work. I am always looking forward to hearing what you have been sewing and updates on your family.

MySummerTouch said...

Hi Lori again!
I always wanted to ask you how much fabric do you buy if u don't know yet for which project it is?
For a scirt, a dress, trousers etc.?

The Simple Romantic said...

Every one of your 'casts is better than the last. Your interview with Ms Sewing on the Edge is my favorite so far (though the one with your daughter and the young SWAP winner still comes in a close second).

I was inspired to think about sewing dresses again, which I've kind of written off my sewing list.

I love listening to this series more than once. Always feels so friendly like your visiting with us.

Thank you, Lori.

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