It should be no surprise that Farmhouse Fabric is my favorite fabric store. I started buying from them around 2009. I was a junior in college at the time and had recently discovered heirloom sewing. Sure, they sell quality products, but it's their customer service that sets them apart. It's that customer service that makes me feel so confident attaching my recommendation to them and so fortunate that they have teamed up with me so I can bring everyone more YouTube tutorials.
While I sew with a variety of fabrics from Farmhouse, below are my tried-and-true. I've used them time and time again. I love to order a few yards at a time to have on hand for spur of the moment projects... you know, in the middle of the night when inspiration hits.
For casual garments or linings, the imperial batiste is my favorite. I've paired it a number of times with a floral print or fun stripe for a one-of- a-kind piece. When I like to step the concept up a notch, then I go to the satin batiste. The nelona is saved for those really special garments. It is super yummy, but yes, expensive. The super-fine flannel is my first choice when it comes to warm, snuggly outfits. This is great for coming home gowns as well as Fall and Winter time looks.
This fabric feels like butter. It is super soft -- way softer than actual "swiss flannel" or even cotton cashmere. I love using it for newborn and baby outfits since it's soft and warm, without being too heavy. It's still beathable since it's 100% cotton.
This fabric pleats wonderfully. I've made bishop dresses using French seams and don't have any issue putting the assembly through my pleater. I've also used this to make bonnets and regular dresses. It has a lovely hand and drape. It's a joy to smock and hand embroider.
Oh my, talk about expensive fabric! But this is so beautiful and exquisite. I would use it constantly if it weren't for the price-point. I understand though -- it's fine fabric with embroidery motifs on it. Breath-taking quality.
This fabric is gorgeous. Exquisite sheen, beautifully sheer, heirloom quality at its best. Having said that, it is expensive at $26/yard for 45" wide. It's another Spechler-Vogel fabric, too.
If you are a newbie, you may not see the difference between satin batiste and nelona, but if you are a fabric snob (such as myself), then you will drool over this stuff.
It is delightful to work with -- pleats, smocks, and hand embroiders lovely. It's also machine washable.
I've only used this a handful of times since it is more costly. It's a good fabric to reserve for those special occasions -- baby's first photos, Christening gowns, Flower Girl dresses, etc.
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Look out for the "lightweight" stuff in this section. It is wonderful to work with -- pleats and smocks beautifully. I made a smocked coat for Audrey out of the lightweight wool poly blend and love it. It's not itchy at all.
Love, love, love this fabric. Another Spechler-Vogel fabric. For me, it's a good balance of affordability and quality. When you put this side-by-side the imperial batiste, you'll see why this is priced at $15/yard. The big difference is the wonderful sheen this fabric has -- it's not shiny, but it tastefully smiles back at you. I like to think of it as the affordable version of Nelona.
It pleats like a dream and has that wonderful sheer quality sought after for heirloom fabrics. Make no mistake, this is a heirloom quality fabric. I also love stitching on this fabric as I do embroidery work.
It is machine washable and does maintain the sheen.
I have a love-hate relationship with this stuff. It is beautiful -- body for days, crisp, saturated colors -- but it is miserable to work with compared to cotton. Silk sheds like crazy. You can barely look at a raw edge without it unraveling all over you. But beauty is pain, right?
Oh, and I prefer to interface this before I pleat for smocked garments.
Imperial Batiste is a polyester-cotton blend from Spechler-Vogel. Spechler-Vogel is my favorite fabric manufacturer.
Because it's a poly-cotton blend, it resists wrinkles well. It also makes this fabric really affordable. It just barely has that "see-through" quality sought out for in heirloom fabrics.
At $6.50/yard for a 60" wide piece, this is also a great choice for beginners who don't feel comfortable sewing on higher-end fabrics yet.
I bought this all the time back in college, but now I still love it for casual outfits as well as lining. I love to keep a few yards of white for various linings.
It smocks well -- holds the shape of the pleats without any interfacing needed. It also is nice to hand embroider on.
Great Fall and Winter fabric. The featherwale corduroy is lightweight enough to pleat and smock. Farmhouse stocks a ton of colors and prints.
Gingham is another fabric that I love but tend to forget about. It's classic and adorable. There are many different pairing opportunities with Gingham. Also, when you pleat it by hand (check out my video tutorial), it gives a really neat look.
This is neat fabric and, honestly, I forget about it a lot. Kinda like that great meal you forget exists. Dimity features little raises cording that has been woven into the fabric. There's a variety of designs -- vertical cording, horizontal cording, both, etc.
You could smock with this stuff, but personally, I'd pick another fabric to make smocked garments with.
There are a variety of broadcloth fabric that I've used. I prefer batiste over broadcloth, but broadcloth has its place, too. It has wonderful body and pleats beautifully. It's a joy to smock, but I prefer not to hand embroider on it.
This weave is so neat and pretty -- kinda has a waffle appearance. I've ordered a handful of fabric from this section and they've all smocked up wonderfully.
Bonjouro! This stuff is lovely. It is crisp, but soft, light, but good body... seriously, it's wonderful. I've made a number of dresses for myself plus some shirts for Charley. I'd love some pillowcases... one day.
Velvet is on the expensive side and I've only used it a handful of times, but it is one of my favorite fabrics. Be caution on application and construction since it can get bulky (seams, etc). It's especially lovely around Christmas time.
Another Spechler-Vogel favorite. Honestly, I have a bad habit about forgetting about lawn fabric. This is beautiful fabric -- has a unique gauzey quality that you don't normally get with batiste. While it pleats decently on its own, it is better to interface the fabric so the pleats have more body.
Another Spechler-Vogel favorite. This is soft and has good body. Pleats, smocks, and embroiders wonderfully.