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Save Big When Celebrating Fabrictopia’s 3-Year Anniversary!

Fabrictopia is celebrating its third year anniversary in business, serving fabric customers in Houston and beyond. This February is the third year anniversary month-long sale, so be sure and stop in to see what kind of deals are available for a limited time. The store is located at 6959 Harwin Drive, Suite 103, in Houston, and open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fabrictopia believes that the essence of fabric is inspiration. When you think of an idea and want to see it come to fruition, Fabrictopia wants to be your supplier of the right fabric or fabrics to create your inspired design. From light to heavy weight satins, along with chiffons, laces and spandex, Fabrictopia is the kind of place where people who make their own clothes and accessories feel right at home.

Meanwhile, when ladies want to have their wedding dresses made, where do you think they or their designers get fabric in the Houston area? They visit Fabrictopia, of course! The store stocks bridal fabrics including French fashion laces, guipures, and hand beaded laces. Some of the hand beaded laces will make a woman look like royalty-- their intricate design will have other ladies “oohing and aahing” over the gorgeous gown.

For those who are novices when it comes to fabrics, a trip to Fabrictopia is a great way to meet experts who know all about the different types of fabrics, their uses, benefits, and design “tips and tricks” to help make someone something special and beautiful. Indeed, many visitors to the store come in looking for fabrics to make clothing and accessories for others, oftentimes as gifts to daughters, grandkids, and babies.

Should you be in a creative rut and want some fashion fabric advice, come see Carmen in the store. Customer service is key at Fabrictopia, and one of the main reasons customers keep coming back, supporting this unique place. For three years, now, customer service has been emphasized, so it’s not just like you walk in, see something, buy it and walk out. At Fabrictopia, you can talk about the different fabrics with knowledgeable people who want you to succeed at what you’re making and creating. Get inspired at Fabrictopia.

By the way, if you need help with a particular project, come see our seamstress. You’re welcome to call the store with any questions you might have-- 713-977-0747. And remember, come into the store during the month of February for special deals as we celebrate being in business for three years now, with many more to come.

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February 01, 2018

The Many Benefits of Lace Fabrics

Grandmother was so excited to hear the news. “My daughter just called. She and her husband are having a baby girl,” she told her best friend. The two women smiled at each other over a cup of coffee at the local diner. “I cannot wait to be a grandma! And I’m so happy she’s having a little girl. I plan to dress her up just like a doll and take her everywhere with me, showing her off, of course.” Indeed, many grandmothers and mothers have looked forward to taking care of little girls in their lives.

Now little boys generally don’t get dressed in lace. But little girls? They do! Lace fabric can be elastic or inelastic, as well as embroidered and/or patterned. Now lace fabric is also relatively thin and delicate, so it’s not for “rough and tumble” types. It’s no wonder, then, that millions of grandmothers and mothers around the world seek out dainty lace fabric to make cute little outfits for the granddaughters and daughters in their lives. Furthermore, lace accessories are popular-- perhaps a headband or bow to wear on the little girl’s head, right? Can you imagine how adorable she’d look in the pictures?

What mom hasn’t called her little girl her “angel?” With that in mind, a white angelic dress with lace elements is the perfect way to dress up the perfect little angel. Lace is soft and comfortable. It can be colorful and detailed if need be. And it’s the ultimate “girly” fabric.

Interestingly, lace is innocent when worn by babies, but it can be-- how shall we say--- suggestive when that little girl grows up to become a woman.

The chief benefit of lace on women of a certain age-- say, her 20s, 30s and well beyond-- is that it makes them look and feel great! Lace is a wonderful fabric for women to have at their disposal.

Fabrictopia supplies people with a variety of fabrics to make all sorts of clothing pieces and accessories, from baby dresses to exotic lingerie. Check out some specialty coco paisley laces and our chemical lace pieces.

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January 19, 2018

Christmas Gift Ideas for Sewers

According to the Wikipedia definition, sewing is the craft of fastening or attaching objects using stitches made with a needle and thread. As an ancient textile art, sewing has been around for generations-- even during the Stone Age. Without sewing, people would have a hard time finding any clothes to wear!

With Christmas coming, what are some Christmas gift ideas for the people who sew in your life?

Here are ten good ideas:

1) Flowerhead pins are handy because they lie flat under acrylic rulers and they won’t melt.

2) People who sew can always use more fabric. Fabrictopia of Houston is where you can get great fabrics!

3) In order to make accurate cuts, consider giving a sewing/quilting ruler. These differ from typical rulers because they offer gripping ability (to keep from slipping when using a rotary cutter) and they’re transparent.

4) A mini-iron helps smooth things out when needed.

5) To keep all the pins in one place without them falling all over the floor, give your sewing friend a magnetic pin cushion for Christmas.

6) For those who have to cut fabric, how about a rotary cutter with extra replacement blades? You can also give a rotary cutting mat.

7) In order to cut fabric, specialty scissors come in handy, especially a pair of 8” long-lasting dressmaker sheers and/or 4” embroidery scissors.

8) Help them learn some new techniques regarding pattern fitting and design by buying them sewing books for Christmas.

9) Buy various threads to be used for embroidery purposes. And then give a thread organizer box, too, so they have somewhere to efficiently store them all.

10) Finally, a new sewing machine would be a great gift! Brand names like Bernina, Brother and Pfaff are good choices. Better yet, ask them what their dream machine is, and then get them that one!

In the Houston area, a great place to shop for Christmas gifts for your sewing friends and family members is Fabrictopia. Located at 2950 Fondren Rd., Fabrictopia is a discount fabric store featuring satins, sequins, lace, organza, lame, taffeta, spandex nylon and more. As a wholesale/retail outlet, Fabrictopia has a wide variety to choose from; call 713-977-0747 with any questions you might have. We’re happy to help you find the perfect Christmas gift fabric!

 

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December 07, 2017

Tips for Using Sequins

It’s interesting to think about great entertainers, especially those of yesteryear. What did most of them have in common? Sequins-- especially in the 1970s.

Many famous entertainers have worn sequins because they embellish their overall look, capturing the lights and attention of all those who see them. Sequins sparkle, and for that they’re popular in entertainment circles. Sequins have never gone out of style. Today’s top performers like Beyonce, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga are well-known for their outfits featuring sequins.

What Are Sequins?

What are sequins exactly? They’re disk-shaped and flattened beads used on costumes and clothing to enhance the overall look. In olden times, sequins started out as coins worn by people who wanted to show off their wealth-- the more you wore, the richer you were!

How Sequins Can Help Your Style

Sequins are known for reflecting light so they add a richness to clothing that really turns heads. They can be round in shape, or other shapes such as octagons, hexagons, hearts, flowers or starbursts. Some have an opalescent or iridescent sheen to them, while others are clear.

When working with sequins, it’s best to use just as many as needed to get attention without “overdoing it.” Keep in mind that sometimes there will be gaps when applying a whole bunch within close proximity-- that’s okay. To apply sequins use whatever you deem necessary to keep them in place, from glue to pins, for example. Many people sew them onto fabric projects as trim.

If you want sequins to turn and sparkle, attach them loosely to allow movement. For those of you who want the sequins to reflect light in a great way, choose metallic finish ones-- these work well for things such as dance costumes.

Remember-- less is more. Start out with a few sequins and add as needed. With sequins, a little goes a long way.

Fabrictopia of Houston, Texas, offers several sequins for sale, including glitzy ones in colors such as rainbow white, black and silver. You can also choose quad sequins which look like little boxes or squares, in colors such as green, red, and gold. If you have any questions about sequins, call Fabrictopia at 713-977-0747 or email info@fabrictopia.net.

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November 06, 2017

The Many Uses of Lace Fabric

Lovely lace fabric typically involves looping, braiding or twisting a thread complete with an embroidered pattern look. Woven from cotton, rayon or silk these days, lace generally has what’s known as an open weave. There’s visible space between weaves. Lace comes in several forms, including beaded, Chantilly, corded, filet, guipure, and limerick.

The Different Uses of Lace Fabric

What are some uses of lace fabric? Thanks to its mesh-like appearance, lace is often used in women’s fashion. From runway models to celebrities, many ladies love to wear clothing incorporating lace fabric elements. Indian women often have sarees (also spelled saris) utilizing lace. Sarees are strips of unstitched cloth ranging from four to nine meters in length that get draped over the body in various styles-- like large scarves.

The lace look is considered both classy and delicate-- it has a feminine quality to it, so it’s more likely that women will gravitate to lace while men will not. Well, men will admire their brides in lace-laden wedding dresses as well as sexy lace lingerie, so there’s that…

Harper’s Bazaar magazine once proclaimed lace to be “fashion’s most romantic fabric.”

Interestingly, lace fabric is also used in home decor products such as curtains, lamp shades, and table cloths. Lace pillows have a charming, decorative look, while bedspread throws add that special touch to making a bed look prettier, softer and more inviting.

Clothing-wise, most women have owned, currently own, or will own items with lace fabric. This is pretty much a given. It’s ubiquitous, popular and beloved.

Please note that lace fabric outfits are dry clean only. When stored, they should be kept between a layer of blue-colored tissue papers to prevent yellowing.

Fabrictopia sells a variety of lace fabrics, including names like “rosette satin,” “swirl organza,” and the always popular “coco paisley.” Fabrictopia also offers chemical laces in four colors: gold, brown, fuschia, and silver, available to see here: https://www.fabrictopia.net/collections/chemical-lace

If you were thinking of utilizing lace fabric in the making of dresses, gowns, or other clothing items, Fabrictopia is definitely the place to check out for lace fabrics that will meet your needs. Please visit the shop at 2950 Fondren Road in Houston or call 713-977-0747 for more information.

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October 12, 2017

Tips for Using Fabrics in Scrapbooking

Do you want to take your next scrapbooking project to the next level? One of the most fun ways to do it is by incorporating different fabrics into the mix. While scrapbookers have long turned to pattern paper to do this, fabric can really set your scrapbook apart and make it look unique. It can also help you to draw attention to certain items within your scrapbook. Here are a few fun ways to use fabric when you are working on a scrapbook.

Use fabric to make your titles.

The title of your scrapbook is probably big and bold already. But if you really want to make it special, use fabric to create the title. You can use cardboard to create each letter for the words that make up the title and then cover the cardboard with fabric to give it extra dimension. It will look great when you use fabric to make a scrapbook title.

Bring large objects to life with fabric.

When you create a large object within a scrapbook, you can help set it apart by using fabric to do it. For example, let’s say you are working on creating a tree for your scrapbook. You might want to think about using something like a corduroy fabric for make the bark for it. You also might want to find a deep green fabric to make the leaves. This will enhance the tree and make it more visually appealing.

Create a border using fabric.

Most scrapbook pages have some kind of border around them. Why not make some of those borders using fabric? It’s often easier to do a fabric border than doing one using paper, glitter, sequins, and more, and it will look a lot better when you go with fabric. It’s also a creative way to pull some of the different colors on a page together.

If you’re not already using fabric for your scrapbooking, you don’t know what you’re missing. Fabrictopia can provide you with the fabric you need to get started. Call us at 713-977-0747 today to place an order.

 

 

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September 08, 2017

Fabrictopia of Houston is Moving a Few Miles Down the Road!

Fabrictopia is moving! The new address is 2950 Fondren Road at Clarkcrest Street in Houston. This is in the vicinity of the AMC Studio 30 (on Dunvale Road) and the Target on Westheimer. The new location is between two and three miles away from the old location on Harwin Drive—less than a 10 minute drive.

Don’t worry-- the phone, fax and email are all staying the same; it’s just the location that is changing.

Fabrictopia is a growing business and the new location will better serve customers who are looking for a wide variety of fashion fabrics in vibrant colors at affordable prices.

When you’re thinking of making a dress for that special girl in your life-- your daughter, your mother, your aunt, or your friend, Fabrictopia is the place to visit to look through our assortment of heavy weight satins, as well as chiffons, laces and spandex. Is someone getting married? If so, Fabrictopia has bridal fabrics to choose from, too, including fabulous French fashion laces, as well as guipures and exquisite hand-beaded laces. We have all the fabrics that help make ladies look even more beautiful than they already are! If and when you need to add some glitz and glamour to your wardrobe, Fabrictopia is the store you should visit-- we have plenty of glitz, literally!

Of course fabrics aren’t just for ladies. Men, women, and children can all benefit from a visit to Fabrictopia to find just what they’re looking for regarding fabric pieces to mend and/or create clothing. And with fashion fabric coordinator Carmen available to give her expert advice, you’ve got a fabric ally at Fabrictopia, ready to help you choose the best fabric to meet your needs and wishes.

Fabrictopia stocks satin, sequins, organza, tissue lame, taffeta, spandex nylon, and specialty laces, such as Coco Paisley. Be inspired by what you discover in-store. Pick out perfect pieces to take home and create something fashionable!

Remember, the location may be new, but the phone number’s still the same: 713-977-0747. Come visit the new location, open weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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August 04, 2017

An Overview of Nylon Spandex

Fabrictopia of Houston, Texas, offers a wide variety of fabrics in rich colors, including satins, chiffons, laces and spandex.

If you don’t know much about spandex, here’s the main reason you’ve probably seen it in action: gym leotards. Indeed, if you go to a gym and see people working out, especially women, their leotards are typically made from nylon spandex. That said, both men and women use the fabric in a number of situations, including playing sports, cycling, dancing, swimming, and even for uniforms.

Spandex is a modern day fabric that wasn’t around in centuries past. It’s man made-- aka a “synthetic fiber,” created by researchers who wanted to invent a fabric with great elasticity. Meanwhile, it’s lightweight, supple, and comfy, so people like wearing it.

First developed in 1959, the material is unique because it’s made up of fibers that are both rubbery and rigid. This combination allows the fabric to stretch and recover as well as stay strong and durable over the long haul. It should be noted that the “spandex” fiber is always blended with something else, such as cotton or nylon.

The name spandex is related to word play about the fabric being expandable. In the 1960s, DuPont’s brand of spandex, known as Lycra, made a name for itself via women’s pantyhose and underwear. Then, in the 1980s, women started wearing spandex leggings, and celebrities like Olivia “Let’s Get Physical” Newton-John adopted the fabric as part of their performance costumes. It should be noted that spandex even goes beyond clothing uses-- it can be found in bedding and-- get this-- automotive paneling. It’s truly versatile.

Nylon spandex is primarily known as a fabric for activewear, used by people who do sports, aerobics and general exercises. It’s also found in items like skinny jeans, miniskirts, ski pants, socks, tights, wetsuits, underwear, bra cups, support hose, wrestling singlets, and compression garments. Oh… and one more: superhero outfits!

Check out the beautiful colors of nylon spandex Fabrictopia offers here: https://www.fabrictopia.net/collections/spandex-nylon Gold, neon pink, turquoise, and the perennial favorite, black, are just some of what’s available. If you have any questions about nylon spandex, please call Fabrictopia at 713-977-0747.

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July 07, 2017

Reasons to Learn How to Sew

Too bad we can’t go back to the good old days when grandmas and moms almost universally taught their kids to sew. Before the Wal-martization of America, where anyone can now buy cheap clothing to replace anything that has lost a button or has a hole, people were much more self-reliant and had actual skills, like sewing, in their daily arsenal of life skills. Back then, it was a matter of personal pride that one could sew. Today? Not so much.

That said, what are some decent reasons to learn how to sew in the times we live in?

First, sewing can become an outlet for creativity. With sewing, a person can make things for themselves and others, and these things, whether a blanket, dress or pillowcase, allow for self-expression. There’s a certain sense of personal satisfaction in knowing “I made this!”

Next, sewing helps people save money. Rather than just throw out or donate an older piece of clothing because it’s no longer “perfect,” sewing allows a person to make that article of clothing great again. Something as simple as sewing a patch on some torn jeans costs a couple dollars to do, which is better than spending upwards of $50 on a brand new pair of jeans.

Also, if you want to create something that’s truly one-of-a-kind, sewing will get you there. For instance, say you love a certain color and fabric--You could sew an article of clothing or an accessory that features your personal preferences. Indeed, sewing opens you up to making tote bags, purses, scarves, pouches, and accessories where you get to decide the color, shape, style, and more.

By the way, if you see a dress in a movie, like the gorgeous orange one in “Under The Tuscan Sun,” and want to re-create that, then sewing can make it so. Many people sew their own version of famous dresses they see in movies and on the fashion runways of Paris and Milan.

Finally, sewing is a stress reducer. In this crazy world where we are bombarded by 24-hour news-- most of which is bad news-- isn’t it nice to know you can retreat to the world of sewing where you’re creating something new and good? Sewing can be peaceful and comforting in many ways, bringing joy to all those involved from creating items to giving them as gifts and receiving them, too.

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