I live in an area where the craft stores that do sell fabric focus primarily on patterned fabrics for quilters (meaning lots of polar fleece and lots of prints that are inappropriate for cosplay purposes) with a very limited selection of regular fabrics for clothing. Fabrickind, what are your recommendations for online fabric purchasing sites? (i.e. places that provide good swatches and tend to have good selection/quality)
Honestly? I tend to by fabric type rather than specific stores when shopping online for fabric. I know, not that helpful. I tend to spend a lot of time combing over various google results for the exact fabric I’m looking for (often with multiple searches that try different keywords). I’ve also been buying fabric for pretty cheap on Etsy these days, which sounds odd, but many shops do swatches there, so it’s an option.
For stretch materials, I go straight to Spandex World (which is where I get most of my spandex knits), and then to Spandex House. For things like vinyl (or if I ever get into working with latex), MJ Trends. I know I’ve gotten swatches from Spandex World before.
For silks and dyeables, you can’t beat Dharma Trading Co. I’m lucky enough to live within driving distance of them, so I can’t speak to their online ordering and how good it is, but they do have swatches available.
Trim Fabric looks super sketchy but I’ve bought from there with no problems, and they do swatches of some of their fabrics. This is where I got the two crepes I used for Juri and for Lady Oscar’s breeches.
Otherwise, I’ve heard good things about and/or remember browsing at some point:
I hope that helps! I don’t do a ton of online fabric shopping, but these are some of my go-to places if I ever do. Mostly, I only end up shopping online if I need something that’s uncommon, so I bet the more general links at the very bottom will be more useful to you.
If anyone else has suggestions, feel free to comment with them. :]