A Question I am Often Asked.

Friday, January 18, 2013

I get asked the question, "Where do you get your supplies" so often I thought it was about time that I wrote a blog post about it.

I am not going to tell you exactly where I buy my fabric, as I am a designer and I do have my secrets, but I do have a few resources I am happy to share with you!

Elastic & Notions Suppliers

  • Lace and Trims on Ebay and Etsy is an excellent source for Fold over Elastic (FOE), picot edge elastic, and other neat findings. 
  • Creative Effects on Ebay is a great source for sliders, rings, fastenings, underwires... 
  • Lace Heaven offers a wide variety of trims and elastics. 
  • Sew Sassy often has great deals on elastics, though I really wish they would update their website with more images!

Bra Making Supplies

  • Sew Sassy offers everything you need to make a bra!
  • Bra Makers Supply offers everything you need to make a bra in CANADA! Prices are a little higher, but if you are a Canadian, I highly recommend them as you will not get dinged with customs fees, and the shipping is lightening fast.  Plus they are super easy to deal with. I am very happy to have found them!
  • Ebay Crafts Section & Etsy Supplies Section are wonderful resources
  • Your local Goodwill / Salvation Army / Thrift Shop / Valuvillage.  
  • Your local fabric store.  The trick here is to go in with an open mind.  Feel the fabric, watch how it drapes, carry it around with you so you can find things that coordinate.  I used to often hear people complain about the selection at the fabric store in my town, but to me it is a treasure trove! So go in with an open mind, and try things that are a little outside your comfort zone. Don't be affraid to use fabrics in non-traditional ways (IE Flannel Panties!)
  • Again, Etsy & Ebay
  • Fabric.com is my favourite.  However, I often order things only to find out they are out of stock, so if you like something, get it quick.  Their Clearance Section is also wonderful.
  • Spandex World is wonderful for... you guessed it! Spandex and stretch fabrics.
So, it may not be a ground breaking list, but finding supplies on the internet really is that easy.  I would not survive without Ebay and Etsy.  I've named a couple of suppliers, but there really are so many, and all of them are so good! In my experience, it takes experimenting with a few different suppliers and trims to see which ones you like best!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this post
    . I live in northern Ontario so materials are always hard to source. BTW, your blog is my new fave since I found it a few weeks ago. I ADORE the eye candy!


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