My Sewing Resource List

Shops, Calgary Classes, Websites, Vlogs, Resources

Updated January 9, 2023

These shops and sites are saved on my bookmarks bar.

Unless specifically noted, I am not a representative of any of these companies. I do not participate in any affiliate programs. I won’t get a discount or credit or commission if you click on any of these links.

These are companies/websites/places I visit. And I like to support small businesses. πŸ›

Photo taken in front of the (now closed) Sew Over It brick & mortar store on Essex Road in London

Retail

Helen’s Closet πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
The Ultimate List of Online Indie Fabric Stores in Canada
Canadian pattern company Helen’s Closet has compiled a terrific list of Canadian online indie fabric stores.
You may be surprised by the riches available here in Canada!
Out of Hand Quilting
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ brick & mortar + online
Shop open in Calgary
Offers in-person classes
Charming shop in southwest Calgary. It’s a quilting store but they have a selection of very nice garment fabric (Liberty of London Tana Cotton Lawn, canvas for jackets, some knits, woolens) and a huge array of notions. Plus they stock some indie patterns.
Olga’s Fabric Lane
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ brick & mortar
Shop open in Calgary
Ingrid, the proprietor, stocks a lot of bridal and special occasion fabric but she also gets a lovely selection of interesting fabrics. If you’re not in the area, she will send pictures to help you envision fabrics.
Rick Rack Textiles
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ brick & mortar + online
Shop open in Calgary
Offers in-person classes
Rick Rack offers quality garment (and some quilting) fabrics plus notions, patterns and sewing magazines. Brands sold include Atelier Brunette, Liberty, Art Gallery plus many others. They sell interesting fabrics like barkcloth, canvas and stuff that is suitable for outdoor wear.
Adventures in Fabric
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ online store
πŸ†• Adventures in Fabric is a NEW Canadian store that is based in Calgary. Offers lots of quilting fabric plus a selection of garment fabrics, indie patterns and notions.
If you live in Calgary, they offer local delivery. Fabric to your door!
My Sewing Room
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ brick & mortar + online
Shop open in Calgary
Enormous brick & mortar sewing store in the south end of Calgary. They have recently added an online presence. Mostly quilting fabrics and supplies (and the selection is enormous) but they are expanding into garment fabrics. Plenty of sewing machines.
They have 3 in-store technicians for repairs. I had my Brother machine serviced in their shop and the technicians were fast and friendly.
Fabric Mart Fabrics
Shop open in Sinking Spring, PA, USA
You never know what you’ll find! Fabric Mart gets a bit of everything and much of their fabric is deadstock or close-out so the prices are excellent. If you don’t find what you want, check back in a day or two!
There’s a website plus a retail store in Sinking Spring, PA.
Wawak (aka Cleaner Supply)
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ site
I buy zippers, large spools of thread, tracing paper and other notions from Wawak.
This link is to Wawak’s CANADIAN site. The U.S. site is at wawak.com
Fashion Fabric SupplyIf you want really nice interfacing, this is the place to go. They have very good quality interfacing for specific needs.
Ray-StitchLocated in Islington (London), Ray-Stitch has an excellent selection of natural fibre fabrics, notions and patterns. In particular, they have plenty of bamboo knits and ribbing.
Pamela’s PatternsI’ve reviewed Pamela Leggett’s patterns in various posts so won’t repeat that info here. Pamela sells her patterns on her website (and also at Fabric Mart). She also has a great selection of notions including a personal favourite, Sewkeys E Stay Tape.
Sew Over ItLisa Comfort’s brick and mortar shop in Islington (London) has sadly closed but when it was open I always came home with a good sized bag of fabric after visiting. SOI is now focusing on online sales plus they have really amped up their patterns and are offering online classes and videos.
Sew YYC
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ online Pattern Printing
Patterns can be picked up in deep SW Calgary or shipped. She’s fast!

πŸ†• Sewing Classes in Calgary

I’ve recently received several requests to teach sewing (hahahahaha). I don’t teach, but the following local businesses offer classes.

Out of Hand Quilting
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Shop is in Lakeview (SW Calgary)
Offers quilting, embroidery and garment classes.
My Sewing Room
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Shop is in the south end of Calgary (MacLeod & Heritage)
Offers quilting classes & events.
Rick Rack Textiles
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Shop is off of Blackfoot at Manhattan Road (South central Calgary)
Offers garment sewing classes including many for beginners.

Online Communities

Instagram | Sew Over 50On Instagram there is a thriving community for those over 50 (under 50s are welcome, too!) to post their makes and share successes and questions. Follow @SewOver50 and #sewover50 for posts.
If you’re an Instagram novice, this group also offers the best Instagram lessons. Judith & Sandy are the editors/leaders and they have created a safe, kind, helpful, fun space. (I’m proud to be the relief editor!)

References/Websites

Deer & Doe Patterns Understanding Fabric WeightsThis is my go-to guide when trying to select an appropriate fabric weight – especially if ordering fabric online. Info is given in gsm (grams per square metre) and also converted to ounces. Quite helpfully, they offer examples using fabric brands (Liberty of London Tana Cotton Lawn, Atelier Brunette French Terry).
Schmetz Needles GuideI have a Schmetz Pocket Guide (link here) in my sewing table and it’s amazingly helpful.
Schmetz also has other reference materials on their website.
Alexandra Morgan TutorialsAlexandra Morgan offers several excellent tutorials on her website. I have referred to the high-rounded back adjustment many times.
Colette Patterns Pants Fitting CheatsheetUgh … pants fitting … this page offers tips on what various creases, smiles, pulls mean.
Cashmerette Patterns Gaping Neckline AdjustmentI’ve just tried this adjustment on a top was way too large on the upper chest and it is a great fix! Best to try this with a toile first.

YouTube Channels/Vlogs that I follow or enjoy

Janine Sews
Shameless plug for my YouTube channel πŸ˜‚
Marie-Anne Lecoeur – The French Chic Expert
Styling Channel – Not a sewing channel but some really good tips on styling and how to stay chic!
MM Styling Academy
Melissa Murrell – Styling for the Everyday Woman
Styling Channel – Melissa has videos focusing on specific shapes and uses real women as models. Especially helpful is when she demonstrates visually why X works but Y does not.
Justine Leconte officielAnother non-sewing channel but plenty of discussion about styles, what’s on the runway, and especially ethical fashion. If you have a Gen Z fashionista in your life who loves fast fashion from brands like Shein, H&M, Zara or Primark, introduce them to her greenwashing videos.
Evelyn WoodI’ve watched her very basic intro videos when I need to brush up on the basics of technique.

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