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« on: May 03, 2007 11:17:14 PM »

Oh dear guys...I'm having trouble. I live in O'Connor and I'm 15 so I can't drive....so the closest store is Lincraft. And what a LAME range! It's all bizarre dress fabrics and drag queen organza! There's barely any simple cotton or t shirt knit fabric...and no wool felt Sad
I can't go to Spotlight without bribing someone to drive me. Sheets are far too expensive. Is there anywhere you can buy a good range of fabrics for a fair price that I can actually GET to?
And are there ANY thrift stores in canberra where you can get fabric - any places that sell fabric?
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2007 10:13:42 PM »

There's "Hobby Sew" as Westfield Belconnen Mall.

If you can get any further, there's another shop at Tuggeranong's Hyperdome (next to bus interchange)
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2007 05:14:38 PM »

Spotlight isnt that hard to get too, i live in turner and i dont have access to a car- just get the bus to queanbeyan (leaves from civic interchange) and walk for 15mins and as a bonus you have to pass a couple of op shops - the salvos has heaps of patterns, theres another next to the newspaper office that usually has a table of fabrics (last time i saw raiders flannelette - lol!) ...... tho i could see some problems if you went nuts and purchased heaps! Cheesy
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2007 06:08:11 PM »

You could take a bus to Jamison, and go to Y's Buys, which is a YMCA op shop. If you go to the Jamison shops you'll see a big Salvation Army store, and it is located behind that. I lived in Canberra for 4 years and got most of my most amazing fabrics from there.
Also, every 6 weeks there is a YMCA garage sale, and there's a section where you can get a whole bag of clothes for $3, and usually they have fabrics in there too!!

Good luck!!

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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2007 05:37:58 PM »

I second the Jaminson tip!  also the Y buys at Kingston has suits and some formal dresses which would be fun to cut and use
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2007 05:43:01 PM »

wool felt is available at Hobbysew in Belconnen,  but it has been a while since I have been there.

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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2007 05:47:38 PM »

Yes, the Y's Buys in Kingston is great for that kind of stuff. Also, they have all those different boxes of tea towels, tablecloths, and other interesting tid bits to search through. There's lots of great lace doilies and things there which could be good for embellishing or applique.

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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2007 04:20:08 PM »

Hi there

Addicted to Fabric seems to have the best range and quality for dressmaking fabric. They also have a beautiful range of patchwork fabric which you could use for dresses or tops.  As someone else said in another thread you could walk over from the woden bus interchange. 

I also try to check out the op shops - there's usually a box of fabric scraps around.
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