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Tonronto fabric shopping today

BenitaB | Posted in Fabric Guidance on

I’m going to Toronto in July, and I’d like suggestions on good apparel fabric stores. There are posts on “Theads” from 2002, but every 20 years matters! What would you suggest today???

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  1. SuperiorLiz | | #1

    Have not shopped there yet; I live in THunder Bay, but I remember when he worked at a store I did shop at when I still lived in Toronto and then when I was close enough to visit frequently. The store is Sultan's Fine Fabrics now somewhere in an industrial estate up by the 401 or so!
    https://www.sultansfinefabrics.com
    His prices are good and the selection of truly classic fabrics great. I still have a coat length of Camel Wool Cloth to sew from his days downtown! COs such a coat will never go out of style. Liz in Thunder Bay.

  2. Ingrid_27 | | #2

    There are a number of good stores in the fashion district. I recommend that you take public transportation because parking is incredibly limited. Once you are at Queen St./Spadina, start walking west on Queen St. You'll find stores on each side.

  3. AJBx | | #3

    • The Workroom (Theworkroom.ca)
    • King’s Textiles
    • The Fabric Room (https://thefabricroom.ca/)

  4. FrancesC | | #4

    I don't know if you could consider them fine fabrics, but Len's Mill store is close to Sultan's, just down the street at Orfus and Bentworth. They have a huge collection of fabrics and it's not like other Len's stores, it's all sewing stuff.

    Then there's Maryans Fabric store, at 3213 Yonge St., a few blocks north of Lawrence on the east side. Been there forever and they're expensive! If you are taking public transit, get off the subway at Lawrence, exit on the east side and walk north; there's a bus but it's not worth the wait.

    1. katiesews | | #8

      Lens can be really hit and miss for apparel. I find they cater much better to quilting cotton and upholstery than apparel fabrics.

  5. user-2413801 | | #5

    This article is from 2019 so it may not be as accurate as it once was but it might be of help.
    https://oliverands.com/community/blog/2019/01/fabric-shopping-in-toronto.html
    Enjoy your visit.

  6. user-6427800 | | #6

    I live about 25 miles outside of the Boston area and make frequent trips into Boston. Neeman Street used to be part of the Fabric District but with the building and construction always going on, it seems to have faded away. Can anyone recommend some fabrics stores where they sell good fabircs, even imported fabrics anywhere in the Boston area, northwest or northeast or even Rhode Island. Providence is about 1 hour away and that's doable. There are lots of stores selling quilting fabrics but clothing fabric stores are in very short supply. Would love to hear where you recommend I shop. Thanks,

  7. katiesews | | #7

    I lived there for three years until recently, and my favourite store is Fabric Fabric on Keele. Everyone will tell you to go to Queen West where most of them are but this place, which is a bit out of the way near the Stockyards, is really worth the trip. The owner of Fabric Fabric actually told me he supplies many of those downtown stores with what they sell. It's like a Costco or Home Depot with floor-to-ceiling bolts. If you know what type of fabric you are looking for, the staff can help you find it, and the prices are excellent. They have very nice cotton linens and dress fabrics, as well as a few nice guipures but my favourite here is the wool coatings and wool suitings. I've purchased beautiful wool cashmeres and Italian wool suitings here for a real bargain, but make sure you have some time to spend hunting for those treasures.

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