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Sussex Fabric, Haberdashery and Sewing Pattern physical shops 

Please contact physical shops before visiting to check opening times/if they are still trading (let us know if they are not and we will update the page)! 

  • Fabric Land on Western Rd Brighton is cheapest for EVERYTHING and has a large range of commercial garment patterns. fabricland.co.uk/brighton.htm |  76 Western Road, Brighton, West Sussex BN1 2HA (next to Robert Dyas, near Argos)
    01273 822257 

  • Ditto Fabrics on Kensington Gardens is a Brighton institution & has lovely end of line designer fabrics at affordable prices, plus trimmings such as ribbons, feathers, and buttons. 21 Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL   dittofabrics.co.uk   01273 603771

  • Closs & Hamblin (C&H Fabrics) 
    **Receive a 10% discount when you mention Sew In Brighton sewing school & quote promo code ‘291’ when in the Brighton store**
    • 179 Western Road,Brighton,East Sussex,BN1 2BA. Wealth of dressmaking fabrics, quilting fabrics and tools. Plus mannequins, sewing machines and a huge haberdashery. Website: candh.co.uk/our-stores/brighton | Tel 01273 321959
    • 7 West St Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1NP 

  • Brighton Sewing Centre in the North Laine sell machines, beautiful fabric, notions. Also repair machines.
    68 North Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1YD | 01273 621653. 

  • Oh Sew Ditsy on Portland Rd sells fabric and haberdashery. 116 Portland Road, Hove, BN3 5DN | 07515 940547
    facebook.com/Oh-Sew-Ditsy-290299577760695

  • Fabric Godmother is an online fabric shop based in Portslade. She sells fabulous, reasonably priced dressmaking fabrics along with all the other bits you need (patterns, habby etc). She also has regular open days. Shop online at fabricgodmother.co.uk/open-days/
  • Buttons and Bows in the Open Market sells selection of fabric, notions, ribbons etc.
    Unit 7 Open Market London Road, Brighton | Tel 07857 470034  

  • Love That Stuff Fairtrade shop in Brighton Marina (maybe closed - we're finding out) has some lovely fairtrade fabrics sourced from Nepal. 9 Mermaid Walk, Brighton Marina, Brighton, East Sussex | info@lovethatstuff.co.uk  | 01273 675778
  • Leather suppliers:
    • Clever with Leather: leather pieces and also they offer repairs to suitcases, bags and belts made to order. 28-29 Tidy St Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4EL. | Tel - 01273 462460
    • Express Repairs: 37 Blatchington Rd BN3 3YL. Tel 01273 763945. Owner Mr Levent has lots of skins in basement £3 per sq foot. He also sells clasps, buckles, D-rings etc – go in between 9.30 and 1.30 Mon-Sat to see him as his staff (manning the shop after 2pm) are not able to sell the skins
    • Leather4craft Limited in Newhaven/online leather4craft.co.uk

  • Dragonfly Fabrics  dragonflyfabrics.co.uk/  (Online company also open by appointment and with regular open days). Fabrics include a lovely selection of natural linen fabrics including eco or bio linens as well as a large range of boiled wool, cotton fabrics (including cotton jersey fabric) voiles, corduroys, jersey knits, cotton flannels along with dress patterns and haberdashery.
    1 Southview Villas, East Street, Mayfield, East Sussex, TN20 6TX. 01892 - 731 087 Map link here
  • The Fabric Shop Ltd thefabricshops.co.uk The Showrooms, 55 Chapel Road, Worthing BN11 1EF, Shop line 01903  207389 

  • The FURNISHING Centre High Street, Buxted TN22 4LA (A272 nr Uckfield) Tel: 01825 733353 / 732743 Open 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday http://www.thefurnishingcentre.com.  With literally thousands of metres of fabric in stock, the Furnishing Centre can supply short ends starting from £2.99 per metre and many other ranges offered at well below recommended retail price. Row upon row of fabric rolls means you are able to get a real feel of the fabric, something not always possible when viewing a small, sample swatch.  

  • Foam for seating etc:
    • Brighton & Hove Foam Co  Unit E1 Knoll Business Centre, 325-327 Old Shoreham Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 7GS
      01273 711 499  brightonandhovefoamco.co.uk. Custom cut foam to your requirements. Specialist foam cutting company covering Brighton, Hove and East Sussex. Map link here
    • Foam & Fabrics 27 Broad St, Seaford, East Sussex BN25 1LS 01323 893716  foamandfabrics.co.uk   Denise and her team have a wonderful range of Fabrics, Upholstery Sundries, Trimmings, Haberdashery, Foam, Fillings, Curtains

 Please let us know here if you have a fabulous fabric shop in your area you think we should add!

Online Fabric, Haberdashery and Sewing Pattern shops
  • Sew Essential - the online sewing superstore.For dressmaking patterns, sewing machines, haberdashery and morehttp://www.sewessential.co.uk/
  • Leather 4 Craft (online): Stocks a wide range of leather for all your craft projects, bags, purses, wallets, I phone cases, journal covers, bookbinding, belt and strap blanks, upholstery, and many more crafts, All trade inquires welcome from a single hide. Also offers custom made leather inserts for desks, bureaus, writing boxes, and occasional tables, in a range of seven colours with various tooling designs. http://www.leather4craft.co.uk/
  • Beads Unlimited  The iconic Brighton Bead Shop closed in January 2016, but their website sells the full range. The shop was at 21 Sydney Street in the North Laine since 1986 serving generations of creative minds all of their beading needs. All sorts of shapes, sizes, colours and materials in beads, findings, charms, stringing, tools and kits at www.beadsunlimited.co.uk 
    To keep up to date with offers and new lines, sign up to their mailshot or follow on social media; just search 'beadsunlimited'.

Kit for Fashion Design: Designing & Pattern Cutting students or for copying patterns from your clothes in Stitch Classes:

  • Calico - best and softest is from Buttons & Bows in the Open Market. 60" wide. £4 metre when we last checked - see above for shop details
  • Spot and cross pattern paper  50p per metre from Fabric Land. You can buy from us in class for 75p a metre. Can also be bought online in 10 and 150m metre rolls from William Gee here 
  • Grader Ruler - you can purchase Morplan graders at The Sewing Lounge for £15 cash (ask teacher) or they are £8 plus postage (minimum Morplan order £20 + postage): Click here to see/buy at Morplan. Do not buy any other brand of grader ruler! They are not as bendy, they snap easily and measurements are not so well laid out/useful
  • Tracing wheel – BUY from Amazon. £7.99 - free postage: Click here to see/buy online. I recommend putting a blob of superglue on the screw as can come undone.
  • Pattern cutting book Metric Pattern Cutting for Womenswear by Winifred Aldrich: Click here to see/buy online
  • You may want to put your final 'block' pattern onto cardboard so it can be reused easily. You can buy pink pattern card from us for £1.50 a metre or  Clarkes Stationers on Bond St do a suitable A1/A0 size card called ‘Snowdon Cartridge’ for 99p

General supplies
This is where I currently get the studio supplies, though do check Ebay and Amazon for better deals or if these links no longer work

  • Wax chalks (good for marking jersey and wool) - buy on Ebay here or at Haberdashery & Fabric, 14 Imperial Arcade, Brighton BN1 3AA
  • Pins - we sell nice long steel bobble head pins in generous boxes of 144 for £3.50 in class (cash)
  • Magnetic pincushion - we sell the super handy magnetic pincushions we use in the classroom for £7 in class (cash)
  • 20 Bobbins for Janome bobbin case or toploader - click here. Or buy single bobbins* from us for 50p each in class (cash)
  • Masking tape (this is for 10 rolls though - you might be better off at your local DIY shop for a single roll) - click here
  • Sewing threads: For excellent value bulk buy of assorted colours of Moon brand 1000yd spools click here. Or buy Coats 100 - 500metre spool thread from Fabric Land in Brighton 
  • Lace, ribbons, threads - all haberdashery with inexpensive postage: http://www.ribbonmoon.co.uk/
  • Unpickers: Buy from Fabric Land - address above 
  • Chalk pencils - buy from Fabric Land - address above (get a pencil sharpener too from a stationer)
  • Berol fine tip pens for marking new lines on patterns - from a local stationers eg WH Smith
  • Roman Blind Kits - for an extensive range of good quality corded roman blind kits from Roomserve - click here
    60cm wide blind kit:  £12.95 + £6.95 postage (60cm is the size you need to make the sample size blind in Stitch Classes - it's provided on the workshop)
  • Sewing patterns online: www.sewessential.co.uk plus sells sewing machines inc Janome and often has offers

*the bobbins we sell/lend in class are the flat edged wide type used on most top loaders and bobbin case machines. We cannot guarantee to provide a bobbin to fit your own machine, so bring spares. All students are welcome to use our Janome 525s machines if they prefer not to carry their own in.   

Sewing with eco-friendly fabrics 

  • Mauds Fabric Finds  - UK based fabric shop, specialising in eco friendly and organic cotton fabrics. www.mauds-fabric-finds.com
  • Offset Warehouse - Online shop selling affordable and hand picked eco textiles and haberdashery. www.offsetwarehouse.com
  • Ray Stitch -  A 'fabric boutique', selling a wide variety of products, most of which are organically produced, with an option to look at specifically organic ranges. www.raystitch.co.uk
  • Organic Textiles Company - Stocks and sells organic textiles such as organic cotton and bamboo fabric, only using organic and fair trade. www.organiccotton.biz
  • Truro Fabrics - Selling a wide range of fabrics, including organic cotton and bamboo. www.trurofabrics.com