I get asked a lot about London based fabric shops so thought you might all appreciate a little blog about my favourite fabric shops in London. Happy fabric shopping!
Sew Over It, Clapham North, Islington and online
Our flagship HQ in Clapham North is brimming with a hugely tempting array of fabrics and our sister shop in Islington isn’t far behind. From designer cottons to beautiful Indian ikats and rayons to an ever increasing range of jersey, if you’re in south London or north, we promise it’s definitely worth a trip.
Not only do we do fabric, but we have a beautiful selection of Indian trimmings such as ribbons and beads, as well as a haberdashery section and our own range of sewing patterns and kits. You can also sign up for a sewing class whilst you’re there too!
Goldhawk Road, Shepherd’s Bush
If it’s fabric bargains you’re after, there is no better place to go than Goldhawk Road in Shepherd’s Bush. Head out of Goldhawk Road tube station (Hammersmith & City line), or walk five minutes from Shepherd’s Bush (Central line), and you’ll find yourself in fabric shop heaven. There are over ten fabric shops on Goldhawk Road, and whilst they can be a bit higgledy-piggledy, it’s worth the rummage. My favourites are Classic Textiles and A-One Fabrics.
In Classic Textiles you will find everything from a wide selection of wools (head upstairs) to printed cottons (at the back of the shop) from £3 p/m. There are also crepes, laces and Liberty prints and silks (from £7 p/m). The owner buys a lot of his stock from designer surplus stocks. So expect to see some big name fabrics. Last time I was in they had a very distinctive lace from Prada (which I remember on the catwalks a few years ago) and wools from Jaeger and Paul Smith.
A-One also has a wide variety of fabrics. They have more jerseys and polyester satins, chiffons and georgettes. The guys here will be up for a bit of haggling, so if you are buying a few fabrics, try to get them to round it down!
Cloth House, Berwick Street, Soho
When I want to make something special, or just be inspired I head to the London fabric shop, Cloth House in the centre of town. The presentation itself makes it worth visiting and is a far cry from the clutter of Goldhawk Road. Vintage spools and shears decorate the interior will big wooden benches in the middle of the shop for cutting the fabric. There are two shops on Berwick Street. In one you will find lots of cottons, plains, printed, ikat fabrics, linens, denims and ginghams. The owners buy their stock from Europe and India (which you will see is a big influence here). The prices can be fairly high, but the quality is definitely there. Don’t expect to pick much up for less than £10 p/m.
The other shop stocks jerseys – some amazing choices, silks, crepes, chiffons, laces and nets. I got the netting for my Carrie Skirt project from my book from here. Again beautifully presented and inspirational. Definitely worth a visit!
Fabrics Galore, 52-54 Lavender Hill, Clapham Junction/Battersea
My local and incredibly friendly London fabric shop. This is owned by Paul who comes from a family of fabric shop owners. He knows the business and has been long established. They tour the fabric shows around the country and have picked up a national customer base as a result. For a shop that is a little out of the way (if you are not Clapham based), it is always busy and if you go there you will see why. They have a wide selection of fabrics from wools, cottons, soft furnishing fabrics, jerseys and lots more. Prices aren’t as low as Goldhawk Road but they are reasonable and bargains can be picked up. The staff are really helpful and know us well, so if you go in there and say you are making something from one of our classes, they should be able to advise you on suitable fabric. Their signature fabrics are Clarke & Clarke oil cloths and medium weight cottons as well as a big selection of Liberty fabrics which are clearance stock so always at an affordable price (around £12 p/m).
Simply Fabrics, 48 & 57 Atlantic Road, Brixton
Simply Fabrics have two shops on the same Brixton street, and in amongst some often questionable offerings, you will find some total fabric gems. You need to be prepared to rummage, but you will pick up some good and very cheap fabric. In the first shop expect to find some good plain cottons for £2 p/m, as well as loads of zips, buttons and haberdashery. In the second, you could pick up some great finds from end of the line Paul Smith or Roland Mouret fabrics. It is one of those places that sometimes you go and there isn’t anything that catches your eye and other times you will have to call a taxi as you couldn’t possibly waddle home with the amount you have bought!
Rolls & Rems, Holloway, Lewisham & Edmonton
Many years ago, when I was living in Finsbury Park, this was my local fabric shop in London. A good all rounder. Cheap cottons and sometimes some treasures. Not as good on the bargains front as Goldhawk Road and not as inspirational as Cloth House but still worth a trip if you are in the area. I have never been there but apparently their Lewisham Shop is bigger and better.
Have we forgotten anywhere? Tell us your favourite London fabric shop!