I had to find something better than homespun for some of my summer tops. And voile at $14.99 a metre is far too much to pay - it's not even a great quality.
I have found a great place in Melbourne who will do mail order. They don't have a web store, you must ring and ask for the type of fabric you want, or at least tell them what you are trying to make. They will post a sample card to you and label the swatches 1,2, 3 etc. You choose the fabric you like and place the order with the description and what number it is on your card. They also have a card with the same information on so your 1 is also 1 on Rathdowne's card.
They do all the basics and lots of quality fabrics as well. Fabrics come and go quickly so there is no guarantee that when you place your order the fabric will still be there. (Officially, they are what are known in the trade as "jobbers" - they buy job lots cheaply and then resell them).
|Fabrics - White and Blue lightweight cotton - including a self stripe one! Yum|
You do have to pay postage and handling which is not cheap (minimum $12.95 so plan your purchases well) - but my nice cotton was $6-50 per metre -so the postage, with a few metres bought, was well and truly paid when compared to Spotlight's voile prices. Plus I get a fabric I prefer.
I've put a note on my sidebar so that you can find this resource again.
Sarah Liz :)