Online sources for fabrics.
Fabric-store.com is an good source for linen and linen blends. This is a convenient place to buy linen and is the go-to source for many people in the SCA. The best choices are a mid-weight softened linen. Their cotton linen blends are the cheapest but lack color variety. Linen runs around $10 to $12 per yard and is decent for the price although it does lack in quality.
Dharma Trading Co. This is the place to get silks, un-dyed linen, hemp fabric, bamboo fabric (yep, that’s a thing), and dyes.
Fabric.com, which is often confused in the online world as Fabric-store.com, has a wide range of fabrics. You can find almost anything on there, from linens to wools, to silk and more. The prices can range from $ to $$$ per yard. However, watch for their sales.
Etsy is known for a lot of things, fabric is not usually one of them. There are however many vendors that sell fabrics and remnants on there. That is where I go to get good linen… and far too many other things. I’ve also boughten old wool blankets to make coats out of. Which was far cheaper than buying wool by the yard.
House Fabric also carries a wide range of upholstery fabric (which makes great garb actually) along with trims, velvets, linens, etc. Watch for their sales.
SY Fabrics has faux fur, cottons, linens… all at fairly affordable prices. As far as fabric goes. The downside, lots of polyester.
You were saying something yesterday about having too much money, well, here’s your solution: Renaissance Fabrics.
Need oil cloth or tent fabric? Period Fabric
Did someone say they needed more variety when it comes to silk? Your answer: Decorative International Silk Inc.
This list could be way longer.
If you’re lucky enough, you’ll have a fabric warehouse within a few hours drive. In the Minnesota/western Wisconsin area we have S.R. Harris. If you’re really lucky and can afford it, you’ll have a nice small business that you can support. Otherwise, there tends to be a Jo-Ann Fabrics or Michaels somewhere nearby (depending on where you live).
Just remember, the first cut is the hardest.