As I’m sure you’ve gathered by now, we’re both fabric hoarders and love hunting around our favourite London shops for the perfect fabric. Yes, we have too much fabric and did recently impose a rule of ‘use two, buy one’ (which may or may not be going to plan…). Sometimes you do just need to go buy something new, to find the perfect match for a pattern or get you out of a sewing rut.
We want to share our top fabric shopping spots in London! It can be quite daunting trying to hunt for fabric in this huge city, so we’ve done a lot of slogging around the shops to find the best. Read on for our favourite shops – in no particular order, because they all have their charms!
We’ve become a littttttle bit addicted to Goldhawk Road. Goldhawk Road in West London is a street packed full of fabric shops. There is so much choice, I really think you can find most things here if you’re willing to dig around. There are certainly some bargains to be had, but Goldhawk Road is packed with some quality fabrics – you can find Liberty fabrics, Barbour wax cotton, Missoni (all at the best prices). You might feel a bit overwhelmed on your first trip but you’ll soon get to know your favourite shops. And for all you bra makers out there – you can get some great mesh, power net and stretch lace here too!
Where? Goldhawk Road/ Shepherd’s Bush tube stations.
So this is a haberdashery not to be missed! Yes, it is expensive. But even just a little wander around and a little Liberty treat is worth it. They have a huge selection of tana lawn and some amazing printed denim, silk and jerseys – don’t forget to look into the furnishing fabrics too. If you’re visiting London don’t miss out on a trip to Liberty!
Where? Oxford Circus tube station.
Berwick Street is known for its links to the fashion and textile industry and is home to some of the most well known fabric stores and haberdasheries. It is located in the centre of Soho, a location which of course adds to the prices. There is an amazing selection of luxury fabric stores – think lace, silk, hand beaded fabrics. Our favourite store on Berwick Street is Cloth House. With a well curated selection of fabrics, it’s worth a visit and you will definitely leave with something special.
Where? Tottenham Court Road/ Oxford Circus tube stations.
With a really nice choice of dressmaking fabrics and patterns to use them with, you can leave Sew Over it with a whole project. If you’re new to sewing, you can take classes at the shops (there is one in Islington and one in Clapham) and get tips from the helpful staff. If you’re looking for some extra inspiration, check out owner Lisa’s YouTube channel where she uses fabric from the store to sew up some beauties!
Where? Clapham North tube for the Clapham shop. Angel for the Islington shop.
Not as vast as Goldhawk Road, but some brilliant finds and good for anyone living East. The market is there all week on the main shopping street. We recommend the man who sits just behind the shopping centre, conveniently just by the cash points. He has a LOT of fabric and is very cheap (think £2 a metre for viscose/cottons – £7 a metre for silk).
Where? Walthamstow tube/overground station.
Another of Islington’s fabric stores and haberdasheries, which also has a lovely selection of fabrics. There’s also a good choice of independent patterns here, so worth a trip even for them! If you’re looking at doing a dressmaking course, Rosie and I took classes a couple of years ago and loved them – really recommend them.
Where? Angel tube station.
And last but not least – sample sales! We keep an eye out for any sample sales that might be selling some fabric, they’re great for picking up bargains and discounted fabric. House of Hackney is one of our faves – if you can’t afford their fabric in store check out their regular sample sales which have both furnishing and fashion fabrics on offer.
So there you have it! Our top choices for fabric shopping in London. There are a whole load more, so we might have to do a second installation, but these are our most visited spots and we promise we have done a lot of fabric buying research… 😉 We’re going to be sharing our favourite online fabric shops too as we know you’re not all near London – keep an eye out for that!
Hope everyone is getting at least a tiny bit of sun – where on earth is Summer??