L' Etoffe Fabrics: San Diego, California

Sustainable Fashion Fabrics and Trims for Fine Garment Sewing

Metal Zippers Various Finishes Made in the USA (Los Angeles)

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Just posted a great bundle of metal zippers. I look forward to offering more of these zippers in various lengths and finishes.

6" Metal Zippers Made in the USA

These are great zippers especially for slack side pockets - make it longer for an exaggerated look or on coat and jacket, ankles, cuffs - you name it! There are 2 navy blue and the rest are black. I can order more from this company as well.

Price is for the whole lot - 8 zippers total. 6”

New Color! Navy Blue Stretch Grosgrain Binder

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New Color! Navy Blue Grosgrain Stretch Binder Fold Over

Very high quality, medium weight, luxurious, and slightly satin. Just like petersham but in a stretch. Great for trimming knits, to trim curved edges on garments (neck and armholes), accessories, and also ballerina shoes. Works on trimming knit necklines and also works really well on wovens when you don’t want to turn turn stitch. I can stretch 5" to 7". Price is per yard. Finished fold is 7mm. If you would like more than 10 yards contact me for a 10% discount.

Width: 7/7mm

Source: Japan

Polyester - 80%, Polyurethane - 20%

Did you know that this wonderful stretch grosgrain is available in 121 colors and a variety of flat and fold over widths? Fold over: 7/7mm, 9/9mm, 12/12mm. Flat: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24mm.

I can special order (minimum of 10 yards per style/color).

Washing Instructions:

Wash in cool water at or below 40c by hand or delicate cycle in machine. Do not machine dry, iron at a max of 110c.

Holiday 2019: Gift Giving at L'Etoffe Fabrics

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This year I am happy to announce a new gift giving service. I will be offering special notion packages and trims that can be gift wrapped and shipped directly from L’Etoffe. Alternatively, you can ship yourself. More details will be made available at the end of October! Wrapping paper is made from recycled rags handmade by a cooperative of women in India and can be re - used for many other projects.

I will update this blog as gift packages are made available.


Beat the Heat Summer Rayon Designer Fabric

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I snagged a couple of really nice prints from Johnny Was that are inspired by cement tile work in the Sahara. I know this because I lived in the Moroccan Sahara when I was a Peace Corps volunteer. People usually tile the floors wall to wall throughout the house. Some are geometric and other are floral - patterns can be mixed and matched, color are slightly faded and sun washed. Enjoy these rayon prints they are perfect for summer. Keep in mind you can cut out your pattern pieces in different directions for varying effects. Also makes a simple MV Bias Pullover. Swatches and custom length available by request.

Pima Cotton Batiste Now 54/55” Wide (white/ivory)- Back in Stock

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Summer sewing is here and that means working with lightweight fabrics - in many cases that are semi transparent or light in color. If you are looking to add a lining or are working with a sheer print, white linen, or don’t want a pattern to show through from the facing, I recommend discovering pima cotton heirloom batiste as a solution. I use it in many applications to bias bind edges, necklines, line dresses, pants, skirts, and summer jackets, and it also makes a soft sew in interfacing. The new batch of ivory and white I just got in is now 54/55” wide making it easier to use for garment sewing. Feel free to request a complementary swatch of each color for your reference. You can find the listing here

L'Etoffe Fabrics is moving to the San Diego area (Ramona to be exact)!

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Hello everyone!

As of June 6th, L’Etoffe Fabrics will be up and running in our new home of beautiful Ramona, California. What does this mean?

  • Expanded online inventory, better prices with lower operating costs.

  • More garment sewing content, tips, tutorials, reviews.

  • Sewing retreats, classes, and in studio shopping by appointment in beautiful Ramona!

  • Improved user experience online - I have lots of new ideas to roll out.

  • Yes I will be at Sew Expo to see everyone in the PNW!