Jane Foster Sewing and Clothing Design

Sewing Links

Links to Fabrics, Patterns, Notions, Wearable Artists, and Organizations


 

Fabric Shops Local to the San Francisco East Bay Area

 

Britex Fabrics

Britex Fabrics, Just off Union Square at 146 Geary, San Francisco, CA.

They have 4 floors. There is a spectacular button and trim section on the 4th floor, and wools and silks on the first floor. The closes BART station is Powell Street. Use the Stockton Street Exit. On exit turn left onto Stockton and walk 2 blocks up to Geary. Turn right onto Geary Street. Britex is located in the middle of the block.

Cotton PatchThe Cotton Patch. 1025 Brown Ave, Lafayette, CA 94549.

Specialty quilt shop and authorized Bernina dealer.

1-800-835-4418 , 925-284-1177 .

New Pieces, Berkeley, CA

New Pieces. 1306 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94707. (Gilman and 4th). 510-527-6779.

 Fabric, Books, Notions, Custom Quilting, Gallery. Everything for the quilter. From University Ave, take San Pablo north, and then turn left (west) on Gilman. You can turn into their shop off Gilman, and it is situated a bit back from Gilman in a store facing West.

Piedmont Fabrics, Oakland, CAPiedmont Fabric. 3858 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA, 94611. 510-655-1213.  Mon - Fri: 10 AM to 6 PM, Sat & Sun: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

"At Piedmont Fabric you will find quality fabrics, trims and sewing accessories, chosen with the fashion conscious in mind. Whether it's a bright cotton print or the latest in European buttons and trims, they will help you with your current project or finishing touch. "

Silk Road Fabrics.. 272 14th Street, Oakland, CA, 94612.

Silk, rayon, tencel, wools, cotton and chiffon are just some of the huge varieties of material we have available. 510-763-1688. Store Hours: 10am-7pm on Mon to Sat, 11am-5:30 pm on Sun (check to see if hours have changed).

Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics,  2518 Shattuck Avenue at Dwight Way in downtown Berkeley, CA 94704. 510-845-6106. Store Hours: Mon - Fri. 10-6:30 • Sat 10-6 • Sun 11-5:30

Berkeley fabric store specializes in wool, silk, rayon, linen, and cotton fabrics. Find directions and information about classes.

Thai Silks...Exotic Silks

Thai Silks (Exotic Silks). 252 State Street, Los Altos, California, 94022. Silk of all types, including silk for dyeing. They supply silk to many retail fabric stores in the US through their wholesale division. Jane has a collection of their silk charmeuse and dupioni samples. 800.221.7455 (Toll free in California); 800.722.7455 (Toll free elsewhere in the US).

ThimbleCreek . 1150 D Burnett Ave, Concord, CA 94520. A complete Quilt Fabric Store offering Fabrics, Quilt Kits, Quilting Books, Fat Packs, Online Quilt Store, and much more.  925-676-5522.

Store Hours: Mon. Tues. Wed. Fri. 10-5; Thurs. 10-8; Saturday 10-5; Sunday   12-4

 

Online or out of Area Sewing Shops

EmmaOneSockThey bill themselves as "fantastic resource for exquisite, top-quality, designer fashion fabrics, both imported and domestic".  Jane Foster's students frequently order from this site.

Vogue FabricsChicago (Evanston, Illinois). A large store in Evanston (just north of Chicago). One room of quilting fabric and other cottons.  One room of silk and wool.  Another room of notions.  Another room of home decorating fabrics, another room of bridal.  So they have a large selection of different types of fabrics.  Vogue Fabrics, 718-32 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202  (847)864-9600

Denver Fabrics.   Fabric for fashion, dance wear, costumes, rug hooking,  crafts and home decor. Many silk, wool, and linen designer fabrics.  Prices often at or below wholesale fabric pricing. Also sewing notions, trims, books and patterns at discount.

Marcy Tilton.  Patterns, silk screens, and fabric.

International Fabric CollectionWe have 100% cotton fabrics and 100% silk fabrics from many countries, unusual books & patterns and sashiko supplies.

Silk Baron. Silk charmeuse and dupioni. Two of Jane's students have ordered from this company, and were very satisfied with the fabric.

A list of on-line fabric shops by the editor of Threads.

 

Quilter Paula Nadelstern has a guide to New York City fabric and trim shopping on her website, including a sample 3 hour tour. While it was written in 2004, I am sure many of the places are still around.

Sewing Blogs

Communing With Fabric   Here is what Shams says as an introduction to her blog: " Just another blog from a red haired, 50-something, uber busty, slim hipped, funky lovin' sewist!" She lives in the Bay Area, and has many interesting ideas, tips, photos, etc.

A Fool for Fabric. A California sewist that recently traveled to Iran. She just posted a tutorial on how to inset pockets into travel clothes.


Sewing Patterns, Notions, Threads, Buttons

Marfy Patterns. Stylish patterns without seam allowances, drawings, or instructions.

Christine Jonson Patterns. Several of Jane's students purchased these patterns for tee shirts, and found the fit amazing.

Decades of Style Pattern Company.  Vintage patterns in your size. We offer high-quality reproductions of the original sewing patterns. And we have 12 sizes available in every style from bust size 30" up through bust size 55"! Patterns are not altered in ease or fit. We faithfully reproduce the original patterns so you will have the opportunity to make these breath taking garments!

The Button Shoppe.  Inspired buttons for clothing, needle arts and collectors. Your online catalog of beautiful and unusual buttons and closures from around the world and to your door.

Dharma Trading.  Browse this online catalog of tie-dye, batiks, fabric paints, and other fiber arts supplies.

Clotilde.com. Carries many items not available in fabric stores. Our catalog, available on line and mail order, has the best quality sewing notions available today. We always give a 20% discount off the manufacturer's suggested retail price.

PatternReview.com  An internet site devoted to all phases of sewing, including pattern reviews.

L J Designs. Ultra soft double sided fusible web (use in hem of tee shirts) and fusible stay tape (can be used in shoulders of tee shirt).

SewSassy.com. Lingerie elastic. Jane uses the elastic by cutting it in half lengthwise for tee shirt necklines.

Sewing Machine Shops Local to the East Bay Area

The Sewing Machine Shop,  Walnut Creek. CA.

Sewing Machine Sales, New and Used Machines, Sewing Machine Repair, Sewing Accessories, Sewing Cabinets.

The Cotton Patch. Lafayette. 1025 Brown Ave, Lafayette, CA 94549. Bernina dealer. . 1-800-835-4418 , 925-284-1177 .

Inspiration from Wearable Art Designers

Rosemary Eichorn

Rosemary Eichorn.  Collage vests, coats, tunics, wall quilts.

Holly Badgley an artist in Sausalito, CA doing incredible wearable art.

 

Juanita Girardin. Clothing designer. She sells her garments at shows.

Diane Ericson.  Great photos of her patterns.

Marcy Tilton.  Patterns, silk screens, and fabric.

 

Sewing Organizations

American Quilter's Society

American Sewing Guild

A national non-profit organization dedicated to people who believe sewing is rewarding and creative.

  

Kantha

Coats

JoAnn