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12 Feb 2013 - 19:5597240
Where do you buy your material/fabric?
My mum and I have spent a good hour or two browsing discount fabric sites, but it's not really working out. I'd like to know where you guys get your material from, as I'd like to start making my own cosplays 100% (instead of commissioning them or buying random dresses off eBay and ripping them up for modifications!) I've looked on eBay and Amazon, but I'd like to know if you guys use other places.
Any suggestions?


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Last edited by FuwaMin (12 Feb 2013 - 19:55)
12 Feb 2013 - 20:0397241
I tend to use FabricUK http://www.fabricuk.com/ I've used them loads of times and have been very good, orders have taken no longer than a week to get here, plus postage never goes up more than £10! However if your postage is £10 just warning you it comes on a roll rather than a box, me and my mum got a shock of our lives when some fleece arrived.


12 Feb 2013 - 20:0897242
I've used FabricUk too - it's got a good range of nice fabrics, though you can find cheaper elsewhere. They do have the best leatherette I've found anywhere though.

I usually use http://www.fabricland.co.uk but you have to order over the phone, and their pictures are a bit dodgy on colour sometimes, but it's really cheap fabric and their staff are very friendly and the max postage is £8.50 (which is their next-day service). If you live near one of their shops (which are listed on their website I think) I'd definitely recommend going there.

I've also heard good things about http://www.tissufabrics.co.uk/fabric-store/ but haven't personally used them

http://www.fabric-online.co.uk/ has lovely fake fur and minky

However I'd say avoid http://www.online-fabrics.co.uk/ like the plague - I ordered some fabric, didn't hear anything for 2 weeks, messaged them, and they rudely insisted it was my fault becuase my card was supposedly declined, though they hadn't bothered telling me. I then had to message them a few weeks later for the details, which they had promised they'd provide. Surprise surprise, after having to shout at them on the phone, by order went through, but by then it was 6 weeks late.



Last edited by Zelvyne (12 Feb 2013 - 20:09)
12 Feb 2013 - 20:4997245
Thanks for the advice, guys! Will be checking out all these sites soon.

Quote Zelvyne:

I usually use http://www.fabricland.co.uk...

However I'd say avoid http://www.online-fabrics.co.uk/ like the plague - I ordered some fabric, didn't hear anything for 2 weeks, messaged them, and they rudely insisted it was my fault becuase my card was supposedly declined, though they hadn't bothered telling me. I then had to message them a few weeks later for the details, which they had promised they'd provide. Surprise surprise, after having to shout at them on the phone, by order went through, but by then it was 6 weeks late.


Ah, I've come across Online-Fabrics before on a browsing spree. Thanks for the heads-up.


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12 Feb 2013 - 21:3497251
Fabricland is pretty good. I've used them a few times, they are quick for delivery and their customer service is great.

I have also bought from ebay and not had any problems (oddly).

I also buy from local shops and markets, you can often get super deals =).


12 Feb 2013 - 21:3997253
Only one that others haven't mentioned is www.efabrics.co.uk . I've found them fast and reliable.


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12 Feb 2013 - 23:2897258
Normally I get everything from my local fabric shop. Their website is: http://www.abakhan.co.uk/


13 Feb 2013 - 01:2397260
Quote Mungojerrie:
Normally I get everything from my local fabric shop. Their website is: http://www.abakhan.co.uk/


^^

All hail Abakhan! I buy all my material from there, apart from once when I had to source something on ebay. (8 I like to see/touch fabric before I buy it, usually.


25 Feb 2013 - 01:4997685
I also used fabricland a lot - there especially good as they have an physical shop as well as their online store so you can touch and feel the fabrics if your not sure.

eBay has it's uses and can be good if there is some weird wonderful fabric you can't find in the UK but the shipping can take longer depending where it's from and sometimes the descriptions are a little off (for example recieveing thin polycotton instead of cotton drill or economy satin instead of duchess satin.)

eBay sellers I used frequently though are:

Jaskwear: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/JaskWear?_trksid=p2047675.l2563

Minerva Craft: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Minerva-Craft-Centre?_rdc=1

As for other online shops I really love:

www.calicolaine.co.uk
They offer free shipping over £35 and they have a lovely range of princess satins (I think they call it supersoft on the website) and more expensive heavyweight duchess satin. They also do some gorgeous wool fabric for a competitive price. So definatly worth checking out


25 Feb 2013 - 11:4797696
I ordered a ton of stretch jersey from Tissu fabrics, really good service and fast shipping, so they're a keeper too!


26 Feb 2013 - 00:3797733
I always use online-fabrics.co.uk and have never had problems with them myself, that's my two-cents


26 Feb 2013 - 19:5497756
Quote Mungojerrie:
Normally I get everything from my local fabric shop. Their website is: http://www.abakhan.co.uk/


Wow, I've never noticed this site before, thanks!

If I want cheap fabric, I usually go to Fabric Land. Most of my tutors shop in Ditto Fabrics (http://dittofabrics.co.uk/), which has some nice end of line designer fabrics, but it's a bit pricier.

My college sources fabric from Whaleys Bradford Ltd. (http://www.whaleys-bradford.ltd.uk/), and they have a very nice selection, and it's cheaper if you bulk buy. Almost all of their fabric comes in white/ivory or whatever its natural state is, and it's all prepared for dying and printing. They do individual orders, too, and I go there if I'm really looking for quality over being cheap.

When I move to London, I'll be practically living in Goldhawk Road, I think.


28 Feb 2013 - 14:0997804
I live quite close to a large Fabric Land warehouse, so I generally don't need to look online. If you live near one I would definitely recommend it, however I have a feeling their shops are in the South, and their website is appalling, looks like something that was never updated since the days of the '90s Internet. If you do have a fabric warehouse near to you then it is worth checking out as you can often find really good bargains.


13 Mar 2013 - 14:1598914
A good tip for bying any fabric online is to look for sites that offer samples. It's the only way to really know what you're getting. It's saved me quite a few times from getting the wrong shade or texture fabric.

http://www.minervacrafts.com/ Has become my go to site recently though I wuold also recommend FabricUK that others have mentioned.


13 Mar 2013 - 20:5098948
I’m working on my first ‘from scratch’ cosplay and purchased my fabric from one of the Fabric Land stores. The staff were helpful and friendly and I managed to get all of the fabric that I needed.

I also checked their website before going to the store and it was like time travelling back to the mid 90’s:

http://www.fabricland.co.uk/


13 Mar 2013 - 22:1898958
Usually i get all my cotton drill fabrics from my local market. Anything else, i get off Ebay.


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