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Designer Fabrics

Posted by Staff / Posted on May 23, 2007

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Contributed by Jessica Bartram

Designer Fabrics is a Parkdale landmark, a mecca for those who make their own clothes or are planning an interior design project. Its massive size and mind-blowing selection sets it apart from all the other fabric stores in the city.

My first time in the store I was searching for the perfect fabric for my prom dress, which I'd decided to make myself since none of the designs in stores at the time appealed to me (taffeta's not my thing really). Upon stepping through the door I was stunned by the sheer variety of fabrics staring me in the face. There was upholstery fabric, from simple solids to ornate brocades, rolls upon rolls of cotton prints and rooms devoted to trimmings - buttons, tassels, ribbon, lace, you name it it's in that store.

And that's just the downstairs - once you wade through the yards of fabric piled high in the ground floor you'll find a narrow staircase that takes you up into another seamstress' dream. Every price range is catered to - you'll find solid-coloured cotton broadcloth and some acrylic fabrics coming in well under $10 a yard, while the glass cases on the walls boast one-of-a-kind beaded and embroidered silks along with other fantastic designs, one of which was being sold for almost $800 a yard.

The salespeople are knowledgeable and efficient, getting you your seven yards of rayon or three yards of raw silk with little delay. I was once lucky enough to get a half-hour lesson on how to make a bias-cut skirt by one particularly kind employee, though I don't believe that's common practice - I think she was just shocked I was attempting to make a dress without knowing the proper way to cut out and sew the skirt.

Designer Fabrics is always bustling with people, some who obviously have a very specific goal in mind and are marching around the store collecting the ideal puzzle pieces to help their project come together, some, like I tend to do, just wandering through the aisles upon aisles of beautiful fabrics looking for one that just might become my next great dress.

Oh, and I did end up finding my ideal prom dress material and yes, the project worked out and I wasn't forced to buy myself a taffeta horror from the local mall.

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Sterling Silver Jewelry / June 24, 2011 at 06:27 am
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No, but your question does. It is beyond my ken and patience to address such ignorance, but, it suffices to say that you are dead wrong
Ryan / July 27, 2013 at 10:46 am
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This company was great and worked well with designer until they recently charged my credit card with out warning for hundreds of dollars for samples that I was told I could keep for however long I needed. Terrible customer service and they have lost a great customer for life.
mend / September 14, 2013 at 10:19 am
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We went to all of the places on queen st many times and if you have a large project or may need to order more at a later date Designer Fabrics is your best option, they are super organized and unlike downtown fabrics, Affordable Textiles, World Sewing Centres they have names and model numbers for everything.

Bottom line, if you have a small project and don't mind buying something that "fell off the truck" you will do well going anywhere, but if you want quality and the ability to get more of it then Designer Fabrics is your best bet! not to mention that the service is amazing!
DESIGNER / November 16, 2013 at 03:58 pm
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To make a great company with excellent service, Learning from your mistakes is the best way to do this. I have been a devoted shopper at Designer Fabric Outlet for over 20 years. If the job is big or small Designer Fabrics Outlet is the place to go.
They have the best fabrics, Notions and Hardware selections and I know that my customers will get the best service and find what they are looking for.
Kristine / November 20, 2013 at 03:28 pm
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Do you have any Mermaid fabric?
I am trying to make a Twin size Duvet cover for my daughter for Christmas!
Thank you
Kim Benoit / March 28, 2014 at 02:31 am
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I am asking someone from the company to email me at the above address, as I have a business question I would like to pursue. Thank you in advance for your response.

Sharon / August 24, 2014 at 04:32 pm
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By far my favourite fabric store! They always seem to have exactly what I need, and for a great price too. And now reading this, I find there's a second level I never knew of before? Wow! The staff's always friendly, and they always round down the price of your purchase (if it's $22 they'll give you it for $20). Can't say I sew a lot, but when I do, Designer Fabrics never fails to impress.

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