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Fabric Stores in NH, ME or VT?

chinooktrail | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Hello everyone, is it me, or is it getting very hard to find fabric stores that have nice fabrics for making clothing?  I can find several for quilting and home dec., but have yet to find a great store for beautiful and nice fabrics that I would want to take the time to make clothing from.  Does anyone know of a ‘list’ of APPAREL fabric stores in Northern New England?  I am definately willing to drive.  I have had very bad luck with ordering fabrics online, I guess I just need to feel the fabrics myself.  I have boxes of fabrics that I will never use in the basement that I thought would be perfect for something…  until they came in the mail!   HELP!  😉  Thanks in advance.

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  1. FitnessNut | | #1

    Just a thought.....I recently lived just outside Montreal, Quebec, which is only a 40 minute drive (give or take) from the Quebec/Vermont border. Montreal is one of the centres of the garment industry in Canada and is home to an incredible array of fabric stores. If you are willing to drive into Canada, the shopping will blow your mind...there is everything from industry overstock to very expensive/exclusive fabrics, depending on where you go. I can give you a list of stores to check out if you are interested.

    1. chinooktrail | | #3

      Hi Sandy,

      I would LOVE a list of stores in that area.  I am always up for a road trip for fabric, and I have never been to Montreal.  Thanks for the reply.  Christine

      1. mainestitcher | | #5

        I live in Hollis Center, Maine. I have just about given up on finding nice apparel fabric in this area. I did get to travel to NY City last month though, and if any one wanted to do that, it might be fun to plan a week or so down in the garment district. Haven't been to Montreal, yet.

        Anyone up for a road trip?

        What's in your boxes? I need lycra spandex and trims.

      2. FitnessNut | | #6

        Its a good thing I'm such a packrat and still have a stack of cards from various places I visit....Bear in mind that I haven't been to Montreal for two years, so some of the phone numbers might be outdated.

        The best place to start out in Montreal is Rue St.-Hubert, south of Rue Jean Talon, walking distance from Jean Talon Metro station. Fabric stores line both sides of the street for 6 or more blocks. There is everything there from "el cheapo" stuff to high-end couture fabrics. My favourite stores are Textiles Couture Elle (7361 St.-Hubert, (514)271-1608), Tissus St. Hubert (a few doors to the south), C&M Textiles (7500 St.-Hubert, 272-0247), and Tissus Paisley (7411 St.-Hubert, 276-2547). These are more high-end fashion fabric stores. You might also try Textiles Debouk (7254 St.-Hubert, 276-3278) and Saratex (7193 St.-Hubert, 278-9761) for more casual fabrics, although they carry a wide range of textiles. There are many more stores along this road to keep you and your credit card busy.

        Another place that has lovely fabrics is Mink's, on Greene Avenue in Westmount. Their prices are definitely in the luxury end, but it is well worth visiting for drool factor alone.

        A place I dropped a fair amount of cash over the years is Club Tissus, which is in the south shore town of St. Hubert. They carry overstock from the fashion industry, so their selection and quality varies, but their stock of notions and trims was the best around and the cheapest as well. They are located just off Hwy 30 (and only about two exits east of Hwy 20 from the Eastern Townships and the States....Rue Cousineau). Their address is 3600 - 1ere Rue, #40, (450)676-5152. They are a club of sorts, with a membership fee ($20 Cdn when I lived there), but if you are buying a fair amount its worth it. The prices are incredible.

        There are undoubtedly other good fabric stores in Montreal, but these are some of my favourites for fashion sewing. I know of two places for stretch fabrics for exercise wear, skating outfits and the like, if anyone is interested. Hope this helps you plan a trip. Just wish I could go too.....I live way out west now and can only dream of access to stores like this. If you go, I want to hear all about it!

  2. moski | | #2

    Try out the Portsmouth Fabric Company http://www.portsmouthfabric.com in downtown Portsmouth NH. 

    Also, you may want to do some research on the Pattern Review site:  http://www.patternreview.com  -- I think you can search by state.  

    Tucked away in Greenfield, MA is a neat place called The Textile Company, Inc. Power Square 413-773-7516 -- haven't been in years but they used to have a nice selection of fabrics. 

    Good luck!

    1. chinooktrail | | #4

      Hello Raemo, I have been to The Portsmouth Fabric Company, they have very nice quilting things, but very little in the way of fabrics for clothing.  I checked out the site you posted, patternreview, and they had a few stores I had not heard of and will try out.  Thanks for the lead.  Christine

  3. SewNancy | | #7

    I cannot remember the name of the store, but on the main street of Brattleboro Vt. is an amazing little store.  They have the most exquisite  garment fabrics silks, wools etc.  She imports directly from India and Thailand.  She also has antique buttons.  A unique store. 

    Let me know if you go.

    Nancy

  4. rjf | | #8

    There was a really great store in Keene, NH but I need to check with a friend for name and approx. location.  It had everything from uphostery to lingerie.   I have shopped the store in Greenfield, MA and can vouch for the size and breadth of their inventory.  Lovely wools and cottons, as well as party fabrics.  It's an old factory building, not fancy but very complete.  rjf

  5. rjf | | #9

    I got the address of the store in Keene, NH.  It's on Emerald and Ralston and it's now called New Enland Fabrics and Decorating Supplies.  Telephone 603-352-8683.  My friend has been there in the past 2 years and she says "not quite as much stuff as before but still very complete"  If it only has half, it's still enormous.  Another one I can recomend is Osgood's in Springfield, Mass but I can't give you good directions for that one.  The fabric is piled so high they have people who just walk around to pull it down for you to look at.  I got the best woolen mens' wear for slacks, wore them for ten years and would still be wearing them if I hadn't gained 15 pounds in strange places.  Can't face redoing the pattern to make them fit.    rjf

    1. chinooktrail | | #10

      Thanks to everyone for your replies!

      I will write down all these stores in my 'travel list'.

      It is good to know that there are still some stores out there that you can feel and touch the fabric before you make a choice.  Thanks again.

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