Good Life: The Mix: Trend: Sewing Circles

Where to go for trendy clothing patterns, modern fabrics, and sewing lessons

First, a knitting craze spawned stitching-and-bitching. Now, sewing is the new micro-trend in the handmade = cool movement. Thankfully, the revival is all about chic fun. Here, three local stops at which to dust off your old Singer or brush up on straight stitches. And, of course, bitch.
This sister-store to yarn outlet Loop bursts with endless bolts of color (pictured above) and a bright sewing-is-so-21st-century modernity. Fabrics like organic cotton fleece are fresh, and instructional books sew the way to chic purses, totes and home accessories. Classes — make a chef’s apron, or master the basics — start at around $48. 1912 South Street, 215-545-0755,
Cloth & Bobbin

A fabric boutique so cheery, you’ll be convinced that whipping up an A-line skirt will be an effortless joy. Quilters queue for hundreds of fabric choices, while budding seamstresses score ribbons and trendy clothing patterns. Classes start at around $30. 235 Haverford Avenue, Narberth, 610-667-5366,
Philadelphia Sewing Collective
Classes are taught by seamstresses and fashion designers, who give you the know-how to do your own alterations or make a top by recycling vintage scarves. Courses are held at the Old Pine Community Center (bring your own machine, or ask about loaners) and start at around $35. 215-405-6390,

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  • Lee

    I've bee sewing for most of my life and I'm glad to hear it's making a comeback. I'm also glad to see new businesses like Cloth and Bobbin and Spool. I encourage anyone to give sewing a try. It's a wonderful way to express creativity.

  • daine
  • diane

    You have missed the BEST fabric store in the area. It is in Chestnut Hill and is called "Fabrics on The Hill" The new owners have filled it full of wonderful fabrics that just make you want to go to your machine and whip up a wonderful dress or skirt. The store is bright and the sales people are knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Phila. Mag. needs to check them out before doing their next "Best of Philly" you really missed the boat. They are ther BEST!

  • Stella

    Cloth and Bobbin is by far the best fabric store on the Main Line! You will want to buy everything in the store because the entire fabric selection is both gorgeous and high quality!