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Linen on the web

PaulaV | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

What website(s) would you recommend to buy bottom weight 100% linen from? I’m interested in one that has a good selection at the right price.  The local retail fabric store does not carry quality linen, but mostly linen-like fabrics, not the real thing.

Thanks in advance for your reco.




  1. alotofstitches | | #1

    Try http://www.barboriginals.com

    I purchased linen from her at a Martha Pullen Market recently.  It looks wonderful but I haven't sewn it yet.

  2. mimi | | #2


    If you know what kind of linen you want and what color, you can e-mail G Street Fabrics in Washington DC and they will send you samples to choose from.  I did this when I was looking for silk for my daughter's wedding gown and their advice and samples saved me hours if not days in the fabric store.  G Street has been around a long time and gives excellent service and value, http://www.gstreetfabrics.com, plus it is really huge so it carries everything.

    It really is a shame that local fabric stores do not sell decent fabric anymore, isn't it?


    1. PaulaV | | #3

      Hello Mimi:

      Thank you for responding to my request.  I have heard of G Street Fabrics but have never visited their website.  Now, because of your advice, I will definately check it out after responding to you. 

      I'm in the process of getting back to my sewing, which I've been away from for some time, so I picked-up a Threads magazine to re-inspire me.  In the meantime, I went to their website and decided to sign-up for the forums.  My first ever.  Thanks for making it pleasant, and you must be an accomplished sewer if you made your daughter's wedding gown out of silk.  I'm not there yet, however, but could be if I remain dedicated and finish challenging projects (I tend to give up very easily if things don't work out the way I would like them to.)

      And, it is a shame that our local fabric stores do not carry very good quality fabric.  If they only new that they could increase sales by offering such fabric.  Well, online is the way to go.

      Happy Sewing!





      1. mimi | | #4

        Paula:  Good hunting at G Street!  It is even more awesome in person:)

        I can't say that I am an accomplished sewer, but I have been sewing for 40 years.  My Aunt Helen, who I consider a very accomplished sewer, sent me for lessons one summer when I was ten.  She made almost everything she wore.  I have taken my time with this wedding gown, making two different fitting shells to get the fit right.  We are on the home stretch now, the gown is almost finished.  I have the straps to make and the hem to roll :)  As soon as my daughter (who is 800 miles away) makes up her mind about the straps, they will go in. 

        In the meantime I am embroidering roses with silk ribbon down the back on either side of the zipper.  For a while I was considering painting the hem and godets of the dress, but with excellent advice from the Gatherings community, I abandoned that idea (you can see the thread under textile painting).  The godets will get a smattering of roses at the apex.  If my daughter decides she wants something along the neckline I may embroider some there too. 

        I intend to be too misty eyed on the day of the wedding to notice any mistakes!

        I have had enough time to do this only because I am on temporary disability (my ankle was broken in the classroom).  I can't imagine doing this while working!!


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