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My Trip to G-Street Fabrics in Rockville, MD

17 January 2011 5 Comments

If you’re a seamstress living in the Maryland/DC/Virginia area, you’ve probably shopped at G-Street Fabrics. Consider yourself very fortunate!

I had the opportunity to visit G-Street Fabric Store in Rockville, MD during my recent trip home to visit my parents over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Even though I remember visiting the fabric store with my mother while I was growing up, I didn’t appreciate how fabulous this sewing paradise is until I learned how to sew as an adult.  Since the fabric selection in Atlanta is primarily limited to Hancock Fabrics, Joann Fabrics, Gail K Fabrics (the best fashion fabric selection in the city crammed into a relatively small store), and various discount fabric stores (visit the links if you’re interested in reading my posts about these stores), G-Street is my second choice when I am unable to visit the fabric district in NYC.  I guess sometimes it’s better to be blissfully ignorant because knowing  what else is out there makes me kind of sad.

The Rockville store moved down the street, so this was my first time shopping at the new location. The thing I loved most about the original store is the size (it was two levels) and fabulous selection.  I was happy to find that the new store is also very specious and organized (in my opinion, it’s probably 10 times as large as Gail K, if not larger).  When I walked into the store, I actually felt a little light-headed and giddy…lol. It’s been so long since I’ve been around such a fabulous selection of fabrics that I can actually see and touch without having to dig through fabric bolts stacked on top of each other all the way up to the ceiling or remnants stuffed haphazardly into bins (*sigh*).

And best of all, I had really good timing because they were having a semi-annual sale and most of the fabrics were discounted. I’m glad that I was able to resist the urge to run around the store hugging and caressing all of the fabrics, but it was hard for me to contain my excitement…lol. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I really love this place! I love it so much that I’ve actually considered moving back to the DC area, but it would actually be cheaper to buy plane tickets whenever I need fabric because the cost of living just doesn’t compare to Atlanta. I didn’t take photos of the entire store, but here are some of the highlights.

This is a portion of the spacious pattern area…

G-Street fabric store

Ahhh….Look at the beautiful designer fabrics!

G-Street Fabric Store

More designer fabrics! And they’re actually in bins that don’t require 6 foot ladders and help from store associates to see what’s available! Seriously, I really wish some other stores would step up their game and get organized.

G-Street Fabric Store

I would love to make something funky out of this shimmery animal print fabric.  I didn’t even bother to look at the price per yard.

G-Street Fabric Store

Check out this entire table of jersey solids!!! I’ve been looking for great fabrics for my vintage wrap dress and convertible dress patterns, and this is exactly what I need.  Hancock Fabrics only had a few knit solids to choose from during my last visit, and I couldn’t find any jersey solids. However, at $19.99/yard, I decided to skip this table and look through the jersey print fabrics that were on sale.

G-Street Fabric Store

There are several aisles of zippers! I can never find the zippers I need at Hancock, so I was really excited to see all of the zippers displayed so nicely (outside of their packaging).

G-street Fabric store

G-Street Fabric Store

There is an entire room filled with buttons and trim!

G-Street Fabric Store

G-Street Fabric Store

I didn’t even bother to look at the buttons because I didn’t have any specific projects in mind and didn’t want to come home with a bunch of randomness.

buttons

There was also an entire wall filled with pattern making tools and notions.  I wanted to buy everything, so I made it easy on myself and decided not to buy anything!

Even though I was overwhelmed by the selection, I ended up buying some great fabric pieces. The photo below doesn’t really show the fabric textures very well, but I got a great deal on two suiting remnants (and I didn’t have to break my back trying to find them!).  I also bought a few jersey print pieces that I am really looking forward to transforming into wrap dresses. I had to do some digging through the jersey print fabrics because they were piled on top of each other on a large table, but it was definitely worth it. There were so many pretty options to choose from! I didn’t really know how much fabric to buy because I didn’t know which patterns I would use for each piece, so I estimated and bought between 2-4 yards of each (my convertible wrap dress pattern requires 4 yards).  In retrospect, I wish I had written down exactly what I bought on the receipt because now I have to measure everything again (*sigh*).

G-Street Fabric Store

G-Street Fabric Store

Well, those are the highlights from my trip to G-Street Fabrics.  I really wish they would open a store in Atlanta.  After visiting this store, I really don’t feel excited about going back to my local options.  Maybe it’s time for me to start shopping for fabric online. If you’re ever in the Maryland/DC/Virginia area, be sure to check out this amazing store! And if anyone knows about any hidden gems in Atlanta, please leave a comment below!

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5 Comments »

  • Dei said:

    Glad to see you’re blogging again. I love to hear new perspectives of G Streets. I live in the area and yes, it is a candy store. A highly priced one at times, but yummy all the same. May favorite spot is that clearance table in the back where EVERYTHING is $2.99/yard. Heaven help me.

  • adrienne said:

    Gail K Fabrics in Atlanta is my favorite. It’s JAM PACKED with fabric! I go every time I’m in Atlanta which seems to be every few weeks lol

  • adrienne said:

    Gail K Fabrics in Atlanta is my favorite. It’s JAM PACKED with fabric! I go every time I’m in Atlanta which seems to be every few weeks lol.

  • Bibah said:

    Love this post. I know you are looking for some spots in Atlanta but when you are home again, don’t forget to check out the fabric stores in Langley Park. They are not as glamorous as G-street but you will be able to find some great deals on fabrics. There are several located near the corner of University Blvd and New Hampshire Ave.

  • Carla (author) said:

    Thanks Dei! Yes, I got the two remnants from the clearance area in the back and the prices are definitely higher than I am used to.

    @ Adrienne: Jam packed is a nice way to describe it. Did you read my post about Gail K? I go there when I want to torture myself. I always leave frustrated but the fabric is great.

    Thanks, Bibah. I didn’t know about the places in Langley Park. I’ll have to check them out next time I’m home.

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