Here are my top 10 online fabric stores predominately for fashion/dressmaking buying from Melbourne. These are not in any order and it is not an exhaustive list — they are, however stores I have visited, if not bought from. You may need a different list if you were looking for specialty quilting, bridal, home furnishings etc.
Super Cheap Fabrics — Great Melbourne based company with a good range and easy to navigate website. Quick delivery and really responsive. Mainly focussed on dressmaking but they’ve just introduced a quilting range that is great for mask making.
Spotlight — Good old Spotty. They have a great website too with all of their product available. To be honest, I’ve never needed to order online (before) so I can’t speak to their service, but their range is the same as in store.
Darn Cheap Fabric — I love their Glenhuntly store and know they’ve been inundated lately with orders. Again their focus is dressmaking and quilting fabrics but they have the best habby/trims range going around. Great quality and prices – their printed cottons are $12-$16 per meter and they even have a mask making section.
Nerida Hansen — Based in Barwon Heads, this is where you go if you want prints. Highlighting works by indie designers, predominately Australian, the fabric starts at quilting cotton weight, sateen, and linen cotton.
Next State — While we are talking pattern, you can even create your own here at next state design based in Abbotsford. Here you can design your own image or choose one from their library onto a ranger of fabric types including cottons, knits and furnishings. Spoonflower.com is very similar, based in America so postage is more expensive.
Pitt Trading — In NSW this site always has something for me to buy- in addition to their great dressmaking fabric range, they have swimwear and lingerie supplies as well as some great bundles and specials. Great service too – you often find a little extra surprise in your order which is lovely.
The Remnant Warehouse — Another NSW based site – this has 3 specialities and does them all well – quilting, dress and apparel and theatre dance wear. Easy to use website, and a great range of product, the remnant warehouse also get a lot of designer end of bolt so you are sure to find something here.
Tessuti Fabrics — If your looking for something special or like to work with natural fibres you cannot go past Tessuti. Actual stores in Melbourne and Sydney, they have the BEST range of truly beautiful fabrics including Liberty. While we can’t touch them at the moment, they website makes it feel like you can.
We Are The fabric Store — We Are the Fabric Store has shopfronts in Australia and NZ, but their online offering is just as comprehensive on their website. They focus on natural fibres, with a great range of merino, cotton, silks and linen as well as a good range of Liberty fabrics. Their website is easy to navigate and I’m off to buy some fabric from them now.
Rathdowne Fabrics — This a great store in Brunswick but their website is a bit more limited to their basics line. They have a full colour range of the stock standards poplin, drill and linens. Their real life store is bursting with fabrics from special occasions, print cottons as well as lycras but the website is more limited at the moment.
KATM.online, — I know this is a little bit extra being number 11 on my list of 10 – but it isn’t fabric its labels and buttons so in itself it is that little bit extra. Kylie and the Machine (KATM) is based in Brisbane and has an every expanding fun range of sew in labels to give your items that little something extra. While you are there you can check out the buttons and the new ceramic pin holders.