Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Chicago Fabric Sales Company

Sandra standing at the entrance of the store.

The Chicago Fabric Sales Co.
222 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Il 60604

Last Saturday Sandra Young (Coordinator of the Haute Couture Fashion Show) and I spent the day shopping. Our first stop was at Buddy's shop, The Chicago Fabric Store. Sandra frequently shops at Buddy's and has bought many unique fabrics to create her one of the kind outfits. So she offered to take me to Buddy's fabric shop. I found at least ten fabrics I wanted to buy that day, but settled for three pieces: two woolens and one assorted fibers. All will be made up real soon. Lol

Sandra bought a piece of the floral knit on the corner.

Upon meeting Buddy, his face was familiar. During our chat Buddy revealed that his family has been in the fabric business since the 1920's and that his shop has been in several locations in the Chicago Downtown area. One of their locations was on Adams. I remembered shopping there in the early 80's. It was great chatting with Buddy. Sandra has been a faithful customer for many, many years and was familiar with all the locations of the shop.

The shop is loaded with all types of fabric: woolen, silks, polyesters, coating. You name it. The woolens that I purchased were very reasonable. Normally, you might pay $20.00 per yard, but Buddy's wools were priced at $10.00 and $6.99 per yard. Good deals. The print that I purchased is assorted fibers, I think, was priced at $4.99.

I had a great time shopping at Buddy's with Sandra. She has a little list of shops in the Chicagoland area of interest. They may not be as popular as Fishman's and Vogue's. But they are sure satisfy to a craving for beautiful fabrics and other sewing goods.

BTW- The Patternreview Weekend in Chicago is scheduled for May 13th through 15th. I'm looking forward to meeting all the fabulous sewists. Tina Wong is the host of the event. On Facebook people are invited to make suggestions on things to do in Chicago. I'm sure fabric shopping is very high on the list. So I plan to post information of a few stores the group may want to visit.

Parting Shot: This write up is posted on the front store of the shop.


  1. Soooo jealous! Glad you had a great time in the Windy City.

  2. Sounds like this is going to be one of the jewels of the upcoming PR weekend :-). You'll double attendance if you dangle stuff like that in front of them.
    But Sandra looks cold! That is, she looks really well-equipped for some really low temperatures...

  3. I'm looking forward to PR Weekend. I'm just trying to decide whether I should drive or fly!

  4. Ooooo, I want to go there when I'm in Chicago for the Fashion Show. I can't wait!!!!

  5. Lucky you! I SO wish we had such great stores nearby! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thanks for the info, don't know if I'll make the PatternReview weekend but I will be there the following weekend and this fabric store will be a must see.

  7. I'll miss PR weekend but I hope to make a fabric shopping trip to Chicago someday!

  8. Ohhh... I lived in the West Suburbs for 2 years and have never been to or even heard of this one! How does that happen?!?!? I am looking forward to going to my first PR weekend and shopping here.

  9. I'm really looking forward to the sewing weekend!!! Im just waiting on more details before I purchase my plane tickets lol

  10. Funny, I thought the name was the Chicago Fabric Sales Co, but I discovered the store last summer. I'm trying to make it one of the stops during PR Weekend Chicago.

  11. Thanks, NuJoi. I made the correction to the store name.

  12. Thanks for the info! I will be at the PR weekend as well. I didn't know about that fabric store either; now I work at 123 N. Wacker at my new job so I could walk over there some day at lunchtime!!!



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