This is a long promised post! Below are all the fabric and haberdashery shops I’ve come across outside the city centre. I have to admit I haven’t visited all of these yet but I have plans! Just need to make some room by using up some of my (threatening to remove our ability to have guests stay in the spare room) stash! Just to note, I haven’t included any that do interiors fabric only.
If anyone has any that should be added to this list let me know. Shops in the city centre are listed here in a previous post.
Harold’s Cross (01) 485 3961
This is the fabric shop that was previously in the Michael H premises on Dominick St in the city centre. It’s open Tuesday to Friday 8am to 4pm. I am very keen to call into this one. They seem pretty active on Facebook and were advertising a sale last week – that’s what I like to hear! Sinead informs me that they do really nice fabric in a big variety of formats as well as a lot of interesting buttons. Also a good place to pick up stretch lining which can be tricky to find.
Blackrock (01) 443 2999
It was only when writing this post I found that Studio 54 has re-opened – huzzah. I was sad to hear the old shop in Blackrock had gone – it stocked a pretty wide range of stuff but they are now located at another premises at Bath Place in Blackrock. They operate a design/tailoring service but also sell fabric, haberdashery and patterns. They are pretty active on their Facebook page showing new fabrics, directions to the shop etc so it’s definitely worth a look. They operate by mail order as well and are in the process of developing a new website so watch that space.
Dun Laoghaire (01) 2846282
The clue is in the name with this one! I’ve only visited once, a few years ago with a friend who was looking for fabric for her wedding dress. There were some beautiful fabrics, largely silks and quite a few types of lace. They also had lace in several colours which at that time at least was quite difficult to find (I was on the hunt for a dress I was making). They have some beautiful printed silks and silk jerseys on the website and also say that they will post out swatches at no charge which seems like a brilliant service.
Dublin 12 (01) 460 6871
This place is located at the Walkinstown roundabout. It is the handiest place for me to pick up a zip or thread in a hurry so I’m pretty familiar with it! There is some fabric and lining but it is mainly a haberdashery shop. They have a good selection of buttons including more speciality types like poppers, jeans buttons etc as well as plenty of zips and threads. A really good thing about this place is that if you need something specific they can get it delivered to the shop for you from their wholesale operation in Ballymount and they’re very helpful. They also stock lots of knitting supplies.
Rathmines (01) 406 2006
This place aimed at quilters but they do a lot of cotton so there’s probably some nice fabric for dressmakers too. I thiiiiink it’s a fairly new place. It’s located just off the main drag in Rathmines around the corner from Slattery’s pub. According to the website they do mostly 100% cottons as well as linens, polar fleece and felt from designers like Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, Parson Green, Tanya Whelan and Anni Downs. They also do some batik fabric as well as buttons, ribbons and various other trimmings.
Knit ‘nd Make
Swan Centre, Rathmines (01) 412 6744
This is primarily a knitting shop but they sell Gutenberg thread and other various tools and bits and pieces that can hold you up when you’re making something. The woman who works there was really nice and helpful as well when I was in.
Ballymun (01) 541 3300
Fabric in Ikea is pretty good value. A lot of it is quite heavy-weight for use in furnishing but they do some lighter cottons which are suitable for dressmaking and they’re often in lovely prints. They also do a small amount of haberdashery e.g. good sewing kits, fabric markers, thread packs. Everything is on their website so you can easily see if they have anything you like in advance of going so you don’t enter the enormous black hole that is Ikea without reason! No, you do not need any more lunchboxes or icecube trays!!!
It’s also open until 9pm a lot of nights if you know, you seriously need fabric. No judgement here.
Merchants Market East Wall
Merchants Market is located on the East Wall Road. It’s around the corner from The Point/ O2 / 3 Arena (select according to generational preference) on the way towards the Port Tunnel.
The market runs every Saturday and Sunday and the fabric stall is open from 10 until 4.30pm on Saturdays and until 4pm on Sundays. There’s a large free carpark and I’ve seen some really favourable writeups online about all the bargains. Worth a look if you’re at a loose end on a Sunday morning!
Booterstown (01) 269 3948
This is another relatively new place catering for the quilting crowd. It is mainly an online operation but you can visit by appointment. They do lots of nice bright cotton prints.
Clondalkin(01) 464 3230
As the name suggests, this is mainly a wool shop but they do also stock haberdashery items. They’re located in the Monastery Shopping Centre in Clondalkin.
I haven’t visited this place. It seems to be more aimed at quilters but they sell online and you can visit the shop by appointment. According to the website they don’t stock “synthetic fabrics, polyester, silk, felt, zips, wool or crochet cotton, fleece or cheap fabric.” So eh… don’t ask for any of those items! It is about 5 mins from Exit 13 of the M50 so presumably somewhere in the Dundrum/Sandyford area.