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Buying online in Australia???

mem1 | Posted in General Discussion on

DEar fellow Ausies , I am wondering if any of you have any good online contacts for buying fabric for dressmaking online . I am new to the idea of buying online and would be interested to hear of any good or bad experiences .Do any of you buy from OS and how does it go with paying import duties ? Also does anyone have any really good sources for beautiful fabrics as distinct from everyday ho hum which seems to be easy to come by. All the shops around here (Melbourne) seem to have good ranges of werdding and eveing fabrics but when it comes to day wear its rather dissappointing  .

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    genevieve | | #1

    Remnant Warehouse - 10 cato St Prahran (Vic), in behind Dan Murphy's just off Chapel St, has really unusual fabrics that are often designer end of bolt - I'm often asked, "Where do you ever find fabrics like that?"   good luck with your search.

    1. jennys | | #2

      For buying in melbourne , try Darn Cheap Fabrics in Glenhuntly Road Carnegie, or Cutting Edge at the south end of Glenferrie Road - both of these sell end of rolls of designer fabric - so their stock is variable day to day, and you don't go away and think about it . lt will be sold overnight and you will miss out.
      l've bought a few small lengths of fabric mail order from the states - people who have advertised in Threads - done it via mastercard - hadn't thought about import duty for such small quantities - will enquire.
      jenny s

      1. mem1 | | #3

        Thankyou for your thoughts Jenny didyou find that you got what you had ordered ? Buying fabric is such a tactile business its hard to trust a photo.

        1. jennys | | #4

          yes l have got pretty much what l expected - the descriptions on the websites l have used so far are very good - the weight and type of fabric is well described and the patterns on the fabrics have come up well compared to the catalogue images. Quite a few places put a coin up against the sample, or tell you the size of the sample piece, and l find l can scale it reasonably well from there.
          lve made several pairs of pants from the west african cottons - none of it too subtle - and they look really good and wear really well.
          jenny s

          1. mem1 | | #5

            Do you have any favourite sights?

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        genevieve | | #6

        thanks Jenny

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