2.29.2016

Buy Fabric On Amazon.


Yep. On Amazon. And damn if I don't already see more pieces I want!!

Two weekends ago, I treated myself to some internet window shopping (hey--WINDOW shopping! GET IT?). I wanted to gaze at some rayon prints. I love me some rayon. It feels like a kitten's kiss on your bod and slinks while you walk like some sultry snake of a thing.

I don't know why I'm mixing mammals and reptiles.

My eye landed on the gorgeous saturated spongy rayon crepe you see above, from Designer Fabrics Warehouse. Then I started scrolling. THROUGH EVERY SINGLE PAGE OF THEIR 3,010 OFFERINGS. And I thought, why am I only window shopping? Didn't I say I'd use my Amazon affiliate pennies to keep up the sewin and bloggin habit? ISN'T BUYING THIS FABRIC THE RIGHT THING TO DO?! IN FACT, DO I REALLY HAVE ANY OTHER CHOICE?! 


Successful in my rationalization, I loaded up my cart. This lightweight denim slub chambray, which is exactly as described in their shop, was added to make me feel better about the amusement park of technicolor print I'd chosen. You know, trying to beef up the casual wear section of my closet. A shirtdress? A jumpsuit? Is a jumpsuit casual?


Here's the only headscratcher of the group...it is, once again, exactly as described. So I should have known that this lightweight "non drapey" "crisp poplin" with a "papery feel" was not the droid for the button up summer maxi skirt I envisioned. This is the only one I didn't wash yet, because I'm considering using it as a photo backdrop and I want to keep all the length & width I can. Tee hee, and tra la.


Unlike DWF's shot of this beautiful poly ponte-like knit, this ain't exactly the color--the background is more gray than blue. But, again, kudos to DWF, what you see on Amazon is what you get. I love this color combo! I'll probably use it for a pencil skirt. I think! I JUST DON'T KNOW! DELICIOUS INDECISION!

It's a great shop. The descriptions are precise, like someone who sews, or at least cares about fabric, wrote them. The cuts are generous, and the fabrics came out of the pre wash beautifully. Though each fabric page states its own shipping charge, once you fill up your cart it's a flat 6.95 shipping charge. And orders over 50 bucks get free shipping. They ship from LA (maybe they have a garment district brick & mortar?) and Mr Postman delivered these on Saturday (a full week ahead of Amazon's prediction), I had them in the wash by dusk, and once they were out, I knew I was hollering about them ASAP. I spent Sunday playing with the rayon crepe. I want to live in that rayon crepe. Part of me didn't even want to tell y'all bout that rayon crepe.

But go. Go, my friends. Buy the crepe. Love the crepe. BE the crepe.

ETA: A word of caution, do be careful about what's in your cart--I can only vouch for my fabric experience with Designer Fabrics Warehouse, which is smaller third party seller. Amazon's crafty layout makes it easy to navigate to fabrics from other sellers. Here's DFW's Storefront!

This post includes affiliate links. Pennies earned will be used to keep up the sewing and blogging habit (and occasionally buy a trinket for my photographer. I'd get him some fabric, but we all know whose body that'd end up on.)

34 comments:

  1. Even thou all you said is like honeybees on a warm summer day humming away in the wind... I will never buy fabric from US again. The custom fees will bankrupt me.

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    1. ugh, i KNOW. when are we getting the teleporters and *actual* hoverboards we've been promised?

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    2. I was hoping for sooner, but apparently it takes time...since is so slow

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  2. Mmm.. that rayon crepe is amazing. You definitely had no other choice but to click All Mine!

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  3. Uh oh. My on-call shifts result in gift card bonuses that I can exchange for Amazon gift cards. If those work at Designer Fabrics Warehouse I might have about $3000 to spend there. Muahaha.

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    1. i am almost certain they'll work... WATCH OUT STOCK LEVELS!

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  4. OH boy, another rabbit hole for me to go down.

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  5. That rayon crepe is wonderful. It's a shame (or perhaps a blessing) that they don't ship to the UK.

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  6. Darn you... I just bought a couple yards for a pj set... http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01C4YPEB4/ref=mp_s_a_1_101?qid=1456776915&sr=8-101&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=rayon+challis+fabric+by+the+yard

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    1. careful now, that one's from a different seller! i thought the description was less wordy than DWF;). love the print, though. lemme know how you like it!

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  7. Well isn't this entirely too convenient (read: dangerous). Now, if only they offered it via Amazon Prime...

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    1. i'm kind of glad they don't. for the sake of my wallet ;). all in all shipping took 7 days (instead of the predicted 10-14) so that was a nice surprise!

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  8. Please, please think twice before ordering from Amazon. They are out to crush small traders. It is hard enough to trade in this climate without mammoth companies trying to take over the world.

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    1. Amazon isn't just Amazon. It's a whole marketplace with lots of traders, some of them relatively small. In my case the only local places I have to shop for fabric are Walmart and one small quilt shop. (Fortunately I do like quilting cotton.) The nearest fashion fabric store is 40 miles away. If I didn't shop online I wouldn't do much sewing.

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    2. i'm of two minds about it--i agree, it's a beast. but unlike walmart or F21, i can look for sellers with good reviews, and maybe a smaller presence that i wouldn't have come across otherwise. i also buy from a lot of small brick and mortar shops here in NY, and many other US shops who have their own online presence, so i feel comfortable about my shopping ratio.

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    3. lynn: EEK walmart fabric shopping! ruggy's hometown holds 2 of those beasts, and of course i cruised the sewing section. i couldn't believe the astronomical prices, especially as they brand themselves as an economical big box store.

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    4. Lynn must live near me. I used to shop Wal-Mart for fabric back in the days before they totally quit selling fabric. Nice bolt end fabrics of all types. Sometimes clearanced out as low as $1/yard. Then they decided not to sell fabric anymore. When they changed their mind and fabric came back, it was very cheap, trashy fabric. I am always looking for a good online place to buy fabric. My go to is Fabric Mart in PA. Also good descriptions and photos.

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    5. Lynn must live near me. I used to shop Wal-Mart for fabric back in the days before they totally quit selling fabric. Nice bolt end fabrics of all types. Sometimes clearanced out as low as $1/yard. Then they decided not to sell fabric anymore. When they changed their mind and fabric came back, it was very cheap, trashy fabric. I am always looking for a good online place to buy fabric. My go to is Fabric Mart in PA. Also good descriptions and photos.

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  9. Well, if that isn't the most dangerous post I've read lately... Pretty fabrics, though!

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    1. I sooooo agree What a troublemaker LOL another Becky!

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  10. Love the fabrics. I know you will make somethings fabulous.

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    1. fingers crossed! i'm into the chambray at the moment :)

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  11. The thing with Amazon is the huge cut of the profit they take from traders. Ask me how I know ! Often they make more money on an item than the retailer.

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    1. You've gotta make the choice that's right for you. As a buyer, I feel good about my ratio of brick & mortar, mom & pop, and big beasts.

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  12. "Is a jumpsuit casual?" may be one of the most Oonaballoona-esque sentences I've ever read. :D

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  13. Thanks for the tip! I think...you will be held responsible for the unnecessary increase to my fabric stash. :)

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  14. I bought some of the blue floral ponte-like knit a couple of months ago at JoAnn's and made an adorable dress with a half-circle skirt for my 4-year old. She loves it. I love the stretch of that fabric, but not the pilling. But at that price, who cares!

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  15. I'm so nervous about buying fabric online. I do it, of course, out of necessity. But i always start to sweat before I hit the "confirm purchase" button. I'm not much on an online shopper. I like to touch the fabric, ride it in my in my shopping cart up and down every aisle, talk to it, smell it...you understand. Great post!

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  16. Thanks to the info about this fabric site on Amazon-who knew-not me!

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  17. Oh no! Not new places to buy fabric! NO WHERE IS SAFE! I've recently fallen off the wagon pretty majorly with ebay and that's bad enough (BTW I just made a shirt that makes me feel like you!) Now I'll have to go "window shopping" on amazon too!

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i thankya truly for taking the time to comment, i love a good conversation-- and hope you know my thanks are always implied, if not always written!