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fabric shopping in new yorkโ€™s garment district, manhattan

Liesl takes you fabric shopping in the place she lived and worked for over 25 years–New York City.

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where do you shop for fabric?

So you want to purchase a special fabric for a specific project, and you can’t find it at your local chain fabric store. Where else can you go to get what you need?

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take us fabric shopping in your city

Here’s an invitation to help out the Oliver + S community by contributing a post about fabric shopping in your city.

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fabric shopping in melbourne

We’re continuing our fabric shopping series, visiting cities from all over the world. Today our regular contributor Shelley takes you on a fabric shopping tour of her Australian hometown, Melbourne.

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fabric shopping in melbourne

We’re continuing our fabric shopping series, visiting cities from all over the world. Today our regular contributor Shelley takes you on a fabric shopping tour of her Australian hometown, Melbourne.

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fabric shopping in minneapolis

We’re continuing our fabric shopping series, visiting cities form all over the world. Today we’re bringing you a fabric shopping guide for Minneapolis.

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A Meet-up, A Gathering, A Reminder…

Originally I was going to write this post in the order the title appears but Imma start from the end and go backwards…A Reminder ~First the fabric discounts still in effect:The first one is from Smugglers Daughter.  The 20% off discount is …

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A Fabric Buyerโ€™s Guide To Walthamstow Market

Feeling the fabric – when markets trump interwebs I first wrote a guide to Walthamstow market years ago, and it felt time to update it. Did you know? Walthamstow market is Europe’s longest market. It’s open every day, other than … Continue reading

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Fabric Shopping in Jackson Heights, Queens

I know we all know about “The Garment District” in midtown Manhattan but fabric shopping spots exist in other places in New York too. I know Sheila, who authors the blog, Sheilaz-CTK, regularly shops in Brooklyn for fabric. There also use to be quite a…

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How to plan a trip to the NYC garment district

Is there anything more fun than a fabric-buying outing when you’re on vacation? NOPE! I always try to scout out a quirky local option if I can, and pick up some “souvenirs” (that totally counts, right?). I know that lots of people occasionally get the chance to go to New York City, so I thought {…Continue Reading}

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Must See: The Fabric Store Los Angeles

I was pooped after teaching two 1.5 hour sessions at the Mimi G Sewing Conference, and by 5:00 PM, I was losing my marbles. The day wasn’t over yet. Oh no, there was one more activity on the itinerary. The gang, our sewing gang, was invited to a shopping event at The Fabric Store.  I…

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Los Angeles Lingerie Fabric + Trim Shopping Guide

On the last day of the Mimi G Sewing Conference, the entire group hit up LA’s Fashion District to fabric shop. Every city I’ve visited – New York, London, Paris, Atlanta, Miami, etc – does their fabric district differently. In some cities, fabric stores are concentrated in a few blocks or streets; in others, fabric…

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fabric shopping in madrid

Liesl introduces you to her favorite fabric and trim stores in Madrid. Use this guide and you’re sure to hit all the sewist’s hot spots when you’re visiting Spain’s capital.

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I’m A Little Disappointed…

See, I’ve been avidly following Tee’s sewing adventures on Instagram and her blog, Maggie Elaine. This month she’s made some amazing pieces from Stylish Fabrics. When a 20% off discount showed up on Instagram this month, I thought let me try them out.N…

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Stoff & Stil Fabric Haul

Hi friends! I’ve been super busy these past few weeks, making myself and Charlotte dresses for a friend’s wedding this weekend. Charlotte’s dress has been a real labour of love, with countless hours spent on grading and drafting, and mine is a bit of a…

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Once a Junker, Always a Junker

The winds in Chicago were so strong last night. At one point I thought I just might get blown away and meet the Wizard of Oz!!! I hope that all of you who drop by had an uneventful night as I heard this morning that there were a number of tornadoes acr…

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Stoff & Stil: Behind the Scenes

My fabric haul from my recent visit to Stoff & Stil’s Danish headquarters arrived last week (not a day too soon), so I thought I’d use this as an opportunity to tell you a bit more about the trip. As you know, myself and a number of other bloggers …

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15% off at Stoff & Stil

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, then you’ll know that earlier this week fellow bloggers and I were invited to Denmark to check out Stoff & Stil’s headquarters and flagship store. It was pretty ace and I’ll update you properly on that soon…

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NEXT…Sunday Miscellany

First, you may have noticed this year that I didn’t do a tribute post for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. I don’t even know the last time I didn’t write one and am to lazy to look it up. There was a two-fold reason for that, that whole Twitter war…

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NEXT…Sunday Miscellany

First, you may have noticed this year that I didn’t do a tribute post for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. I don’t even know the last time I didn’t write one and am to lazy to look it up. There was a two-fold reason for that, that whole Twitter war…

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A Pledge Broken…

…so I’m gonna dust myself off, confess my stumble, and move on making today the first day of my new pledge.Here is my confession ~I broke my fabric pledge. I had sewing friends scheduled to come to town this weekend and we were going to spend the wee…

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I think I left some for you!

My fabric buying has been off the chain!  I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t buy a lot earlier in the year or if the sales have been especially great this fall, but quite a few boxes of goodness have arrived. Some of it is my Christmas fab…

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#wineandcheesewithkashi 2016

About 30 women gathered at Metro Textiles last Thursday evening for some wine, some cheese and ALOT of fabric shopping! I want to thank everyone who came through and made the evening a success.  A few photos ~Some of the women who came out to shop…

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Fabric Shopping for the Rosa Shirt + Dress

Rosa sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

Making the Rosa shirt or dress? Let’s talk fabrics!

This pattern works well in so many easy-to-find fabrics. Look for a medium- or light-weight woven material – cotton lawn, chambray, lighter weight denim (including denims with a bit of stretch), linen blends (less prone to wrinkling than pure linen!), viscose / rayon (although it’s not the easiest fabric to sew the collar in if you’re not that confident), double gauze, shirting cotton (of course!), even fine needlecord.

Rosa sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

For our shirt sample, we used a floaty flamingo viscose from Dragonfly Fabrics (now sold out – sorry!). On the dress version, we used a lightweight denim courtesy of Fabrics Galore. We used contrast fabric on the inner collar stand and button stand facing – Ciara B cotton lawn, courtesy of Liberty.

Rosa sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
When deciding what fabric to choose, it’s helpful to stare at the technical drawing (above) and let your imagination run free. How would it look in different colours? What sorts of prints would you love to wear it in? Do you want to add any decorative features, such as a contrast button stand facing and inner collar stand, piped seams or embroidered yokes?

Another tip – as the princess seams break up both the front and back bodice, a smaller print is better than a larger one, so you don’t have to spend ages matching the print at the seams ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are a few lovely ideas we’ve found around the internet. Please bear in mind that we haven’t personally handled most of the fabrics in this post – so it’s worth requesting a sample to check it’s not too heavy for a shirt and that the colour is how it looks on screen.

Take a look at the pattern info for how much fabric you’ll need.

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Fabric shopping for the Rosa shirt pattern

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Fabric shopping for the Rosa shirt pattern

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Fabric shopping for the Rosa shirt pattern

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Navy and white printed cotton / Linen chambray

What fabric are you planning to make your Rosa shirt or dress in? We’d love to see – tag us on Instagram @TillyButtons #SewingRosa ๐Ÿ™‚

PS. There’s still time to grab your place on our new online workshop, Sew Your Own Shirt or Shirt Dress!

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Inspiration for Making Your Rosa Shirt or Dress

Inspiration for making the Rosa sewing pattern

One of the (many) lovely things about the Rosa sewing pattern is that it can look so different depending on what fabric, styling and embellishments you go for. We’ve got another post coming up next on fabric suggestions (look out for that), but first I wanted to share some inspiration for different looks that you can create.

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DENIM + CHAMBRAY

We are slightly obsessed with denim Rosa shirts with contrast topstitching. If it’s good enough for Alexa… Try a lightweight chambray for warmer months, or medium weight denim paired with snuggly tights for Autumn/Winter. Ooh and boots…


These belts are quite cute too if you want to define your waist. you could make a simple fabric belt or sash and add belt loops to the princess seams.



Inspiration for making the Rosa sewing pattern

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GRAPHIC PRINTS


Go crazy with prints. Small and medium-sized prints are best on this design so you don’t have to worry about matching them up at the princess seams ๐Ÿ™‚ Be sure to cut all your pieces out in the same direction if you choose a directional print.

Inspiration for making the Rosa sewing pattern

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WINTER / SUMMER



How about trying a fabric you’ve not used before? Try a fine needlecord or lighter weight faux suede for the winter, or a viscose or linen for all year round. (Omigawd that pink needlecord one!!)



Inspiration for making the Rosa sewing pattern



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WINTER FLORALS

Add a personal touch that’ll elevate your project to something so seriously fancy-pants that your Instagram followers will squeal with delight. We intentionally created a separate button stand facing on this pattern so you can make it (and the inner collar stand) in a contrast fabric. And how about adding some embroidery to the yokes? So beautiful!

Psst… live near London? We have a class for that!

Inspiration for making the Rosa sewing pattern

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SPOTS + CHECKS

Because… spots and checks! (Also – those piped seams!)

Stay tuned for our next post with some fabric suggestions – in the meantime, you can check what types of fabrics work and how much you need on the Rosa pattern page.

What style are you thinking of making your Rosa shirt or dress in? We’re so excited to see it! Share your makes with us on Instagram @TillyButtons using the hashtag #SewingRosa ๐Ÿ™‚

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Fabric shopping in Seoul, South Korea

During what seems like a lifetime ago (January), we visited Seoul in South Korea. Although we were there for medical reasons, I did manage to sneak off for a few hours to the rather epic Dongdaemun fabric and craft market!I’m not sure wo…

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Where to buy Japanese fabric

Oh, I love Japanese fabric so much. Sigh. Just thinking about my trip last year makes me all warm and hazy with fabric drunkenness. But sadly I can’t pop over every time I have a hankering for some salt-treated seersucker or unbelievable watercolour Nani Iro double gauze… Luckily, I’ve found a few great sources without {…Continue Reading}

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Class review: Designing fabric with Pattern Camp

With all the new ways to get fabric custom printed – Spoonflower, Sprout Patterns and MyFabricDesigns to name a few – I’ve been wanting to learn how to make really cool repeating patterns so that I could get my very own fabric made for garments. I don’t know about you but every time I get a {…Continue Reading}

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A discount and a giveaway for the weekend!

Hi chaps! Two quick and fun things for you this weekend: First up, there’s still time to get a 20% discount on Cashmerette Patterns through Sprout Patterns until June 27th using the code CASHMERETTELOVE, so if you’re interested, now’s the time to try! Have a play with their 3D model and make your pattern here.   {…Continue Reading}

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