Give us some great fabric!

It can often be so hard to find fabric these days that is worthy of the time and effort it takes to create a one off piece. Unfortunately the big fabric chain stores very rarely have inspiring fabric available. Which is why we went on a mission to find the best Australian Fabric shops. It is by no means a final list so please feel free to add your favourites in the comments section!


Our favourite shop at the moment is Tessuti Fabrics. They not only have two physical shops (one in Sydney and one in Melbourne) but an online shop and an inspiring blog! Hours have been whittled away in their Flinders Lane shop here in Melbourne and the assistants are so friendly and helpful, but also very knowledgeable. It really does make such a difference. Head to their website to check out the online shop and location details,


The next two are also great for online shopping. Retro Age Vintage Fabrics ( has some amazing and unusual fabrics available. How can you not fall in love with this 1960’s couture silk?

Also online, and unusual is Sanshi Fabrics. Based in Perth, these guys specialise in Japanese fabrics. They have a gorgeous range of Kimono fabrics, along with old post card images found in Japanese flea markets that have been silk screened onto silk.

Sticking with the Perth theme, a few WA sewing friends have recommended Fabulous Fabrics ( which has an impressive amount of plain and embellished laces and trims. Also on the radar is Beautiful Fabrics (

Back in Melbourne, the original fabric shop that most will hear about is Clegs on Elizabeth St. Whilst still stocking a good range, it doesn’t pack the same inspiration punch that it used to. It’s worth heading over to Glenferrie Rd to check out Franke Stuart (, once again with brilliant staff, and also d’Italia, ( for some great designer fabrics, and some interesting video tutorials on their site.

Hopefully this helps some of the Australian sewers out there! Stay tuned to Texural Play as next we will explore the sparkly world of embellishments…

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