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Introducing the Indiesew Fabric Shop

By Allie

Allie is the co-founder of Indiesew and creator of all things pretty on the site. Follow Allie and receive other Indiesew updates by subscribing to the blog.

Introducing the Indiesew Fabric Shop |
We’ve been hinting at a rather big, life-changing announcement for weeks now. We even let the secret slip to a few of you out of pure giddiness. For over a year, Indiesew has offered only indie sewing patterns and we've had a blast doing it. We are so inspired seeing what you create, and we love offering tips and tricks that might make your hobby a bit easier.
But over the last twelve months a lot of you have asked if we would start selling some other products that complement our patterns. Most of you wanted fabric. So we listened, we overhauled the guts of our website, and we're so excited to launch that new product today. It’s here folks, we now have a fabric shop!
But we don’t sell just any fabric. We wanted to offer something different than you're used to, something unique and rare. After months and months of searching for just the right fabric for the Indiesew shop, we’ve found it. And I’ve been itching to tell you all about it. So let me answer some questions that are probably on the tip of your tongue.

What type of fabric do you sell?

Our initial inventory is a small stock of high quality apparel fabrics. We’re offering a mix of season-appropriate knits and wovens that are well suited for the sewing patterns we carry. Some of the substrates we carry are those that we’ve talked about in the Fabric Files series. Others are new-to-us substrates that we can’t wait to tell you all about.
Take a look at our current inventory below. From left to right we’re carrying a navy blue striped ponte, a blue dotted crêpe, a salmon rayon lycra jersey, a black and white cotton gingham, and a blush pink floral challis.
Indiesew's Fabric Inventory |

Where does it come from?

The type fabric we carry is called "overstock fabric". That means this fabric is leftover from US fashion designers and manufacturers that had more than they could use. Their extra fabric is sold to a middleman called a “jobber” and we buy the fabric from them. Our jobber is a great family business run out of Los Angeles. We are one of the few fabric stores they supply to, so you won’t likely find these fabrics anywhere else.
For the foreseeable future, we’ll continue to carry overstock fabrics for a few reasons. First, it makes us feel better to stock fabric that is experiencing a second life with a home sewist. Second, the fabrics we’re selling are very high quality. That means they wash and wear well, and in general, look great sewn up into most garments.

Will It Sell Out?

Yes. Overstock yardage is limited, think ten to fifteen yards per bolt. So that means this fabric will go fast and won’t be restocked. If you see something you like, go for it! We’ll make sure to give you all of the details so you know exactly what you’re getting. Details like...

What does the fabric feel like? How does it drape? Is it easy to sew with?

These are such important questions, especially when making an online fabric purchase. For such a high-touch product, it can be tough to shop for material online. But, we’re working to make the process as easy as possible. Every product page will have a zoom feature so that you can get an up-close look at the grain of the fabric.
Zoom feature on fabric product pages |
We’ve also photographed each item with a ruler so you can view the scale of the print better. And we’ve photographed the fabric draped over our dress form so you can see how the fabric would fall sewn up into a garment.
Print scale and drape |
We’ve made sure to note every fabric detail we could think of. This includes weight, stretch percentage, fiber content (if known) and the ideal skill level for working with this fabric.
Detailed information about each fabric |
But the fiber content of overstock fabric isn’t always known. So, we’ll always make sure to compare the fabric hand and drape to similar popular fabric substrates in the description of each fabric. Also, we’ll suggest some patterns that would work well with this fabric, if you’re out of ideas. Finally, we'll mention which skill levels are ideal for working with this fabric.
Helpful descriptions for each fabric |

Tell me about shipping.

We ship worldwide via USPS Priority Mail or USPS Priority Mail Express. That means that if you live in the US you’ll receive your order within 2 to 3 days of placing it. For those outside of the US, you’ll receive your fabric within 6 to 10 business days. Check out our Shipping and Returns page for more information.


Ok, I’m ready to shop!

Have at it! Head on over to the fabric shop and browse around. After you purchase one of our fabrics, we’d love to know your thoughts. This sewing community runs on the advice of their fellow sewists, so please leave a review with any information you think would be helpful!
More fabrics will be added in the coming weeks. We’ll keep you updated as our inventory grows via Facebook, so make sure you’re following us!
Happy shopping and happy sewing! 

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