How To Shop A Fabric Store For Fashion Fabrics (Video)

I grew up in Vancouver, and Fabricana has always been THE fabric store there. So it was an honour when they asked me to do some promotional videos for their multiple locations. In this video, I walk sewing newbies through navigating a fabric store when sewing a garment.

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I’m here at Fabricana’s Coquitlam location and I’m going to walk you through how to shop for fashion fabrics in a big store like this.


There are so many different fashion fabrics that there really are not limits. First place to start: your garment idea, whether it’s a jacket, a dress, a skirt, or a blouse.


In the pattern department, you’ll find catalogs from all the major pattern brands. Inside, garments are categorized by type. Once you’ve found the garment you want to make, head over to the pattern cabinet. Make sure you get the right size before heading for fabric.


All the fabrics within the fashion department are grouped according to type. You’ll find silk, jersey, cotton, denim, and so much more. Here at Fabricana Coquitlam, you’ll find wool suiting an extensive array of formal and bridal fabrics and imported designer fabric.


Your garment may require a lining and interfacing, and the back of your pattern will tell you how much to buy and what type. If you’re not sure, a sales clerk would be more than happy to help you. Once you have all that together, head over to the notions department where you’ll buy all those little extras you need to complete your garment.


Zippers are available in all sizes and colors; choose from regular, separating, or invisible. You’ll find buttons from plain to novelty; buy an extra one and stitch it inside your garment for emergencies. Thread comes in a rainbow of colors; choose the appropriate type for your fabric, and if you’re not sure, ask. You’ll also find trims from piping and cording to sequins and stretch lace; they’re a great way to personalize any garment.


The great thing about a fabric store like Fabricana is it’s a perfect starting point for building a customized wardrobe in fit and in style. If you have minimal sewing skills, you can even do alterations or enlist the help of a seamstress. And if you don’t know how to sew yet, take a class. It’s never too late to start.

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