I live on the San Francisco Peninsula. I’ve been sewing forever, but in the last (decade?), I’ve been unable to find the kind of good quality clothing fabric that used to be readily available. I’m not talking about fancy stuff, silks and brocades and such, nor about quilting fabric. I used to make nice shirts, skirts, pants — well, I used to make almost all my own clothes, and many shirts for my husband. Now everything I see is cheap and flimsy, and there’s not much of that.
To point up just one frustration, I’ve been trying to find a nice shirting fabric this summer, just a nice cotton or blend in maybe a stripe or solid, and the quality at the local chain stores is just terrible, not to mention the extremely limited selection. But I know what I want exists! I bought a shirt yesterday from Lands End, a man’s shirt, with lovely, soft cotton exactly like I want! I have sewing friends who share my frustration. Are we simple clothing sewers doomed? You can’t feel or trust colors in online fabric before you buy, and I don’t want to have to go to Britex in the City, where the problem is Overkill, every time I want to shop. I haven’t checked San Jose, but I’m willing.
I don’t want to make wreaths, or quilts, or ribbon dolls, or paint tulips on things, I just want to make a nice tailored shirt! Can anyone help?