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Fabric meccas in the Southeast?

myca99 | Posted in General Discussion on

I’m thinking about taking a long weekend centered around indulging at several fabric shops.  Does anyone know of a particular hotbed of independent stores somewhere in the southeast? 




  1. jatman | | #1

    Hi Myca - you know this is just asking for the debate from my thread to be continued over here! 

    I'll be interested in the answer to this one, too.  If there is anything like NYC's fabric stores in the southeast, I'd like to know about it!

    Happy Holidays!


  2. user-51823 | | #2

    when i was going to new orleans (sort of south-southeast) yearly, in the 1990's, i'd always check out fabric resources there. one of the best was the dry goods dept of an old-fashioned department store, Maison Blanche. they had a wide range from bland to $250 per yard embroidered and beaded silk. in the land of mardis gras, great fabric abounded. i don't know what the fabric situation is post katrina though.
    BTW jatman- this is the sort of impulse buy i frequently indulged in, which is why i could not fathom pre-meditated stockpiling! LOL

    1. jatman | | #3

      'Pre-meditated stockpiling' - you make it sound so dirty! LOL!


      1. Ralphetta | | #4

        That was my thought!  I feel like a felon.

  3. maggiekintex | | #5

    Where are you originating?  St. Louis has some of the best fabric shops I've ever seen - both fashion and quilting.   - It's it little southish (South of Chicago anyway), and only a little West of the Mississippi.  Another one shop I visited is in Louisville - Baer Fabric is worth the trip there - has it all, from fashion to quilts to home dec, to even auto upholstery!  I spend three days at a workshop, still didn't get to see their whole store.  Now I'm in Texas as I'm pining for fashion fabric, there are some great quilting shops here, but I'm a fashion seamstress first. 

    1. CCDIANE | | #10

      Can you tell me the names of those wonderful fabric stores in St. Louis.. I must have missed them :)

      1. maggiekintex | | #11

        For Fashion Fabric in St. Louis  THE BEST is "Sew It Seams" on Manchester Road, just 6 blocks East of Lindbergh, simply great, affordable selection of wonderful stuff, if you go, tell Cindy (the owner) that Maggie sent you.  Another great store, more high end stuff, but good selection of silks and woolens, party (wedding) fabrics, silk matka, etc. is Eunice Farmer Fabric on Ladue Road, also a little east of Lindbergh.  A larger store, with fashion fabric, quilting fabric and a connected home dec store is Jackman's on Lindbergh, north of the other two, but all are in generally the same part of the metro area.  There is also a Jackman's on Watson Road, south of the above, but it features a little more quilting fabric, a little less fashion, but is well worth the trip if you are going that direction.  There is also a Winston's in St. Charles County, I'm not sure exactly where, they just closed their older "main" store recently.  These stores are all locally owned and all have their own flavor as far as they type fabric they carry and who they cater to.  Sew It Seams features lots of creativity, carries patterns from the smaller, independent pattern makers (Great Copies, Sewing Workshop, Brown Bag, Louise Cutting, etc.), and I can't get out of that store w/o spending a bundle on their luscious stuff. 

        Happy Shopping - let us know what you find!!

  4. PASDENOM | | #6

    Try checking out store reviews on patternreview.com for states you're interested in visiting.

  5. lilah | | #7

    Near Charlotte, North Carolina is Mary Jo's in Gaston Mall off of I-85. Their phone number is 1-800-MaryJos. As for finding something likw NYC, I don't think so, but if you do, please post it here!

    1. zequeen | | #8

      Waechter's Silk Shop in Asheville NC carries a wide selection of choice fabrics.  Liberty of London, designer fabrics, Brussels Washer linen in nearly 40 colors, good quality linings, and patterns, buttons and threads as well.

      1. stitcher | | #9

        I second Mary Jo's Cloth Shop in Gastonia, South Carolina. I have purchased fabrics for wedding gowns--couture quality as well as upholstery. She has a wide selection of well known quilting fabric, extensive notions department, and trims. Mary Jo has been in the business for 55 years. In October she was on the floor and cut my fabric!!!This place is better than G Street in the D.C. area---no kidding

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