Malbers Fabrics is a small, but well stocked sewing shop in the centre of Tiverton. Despite it’s small proportions it is incredibly well stocked with many fabrics, haberdashery and general craft items.
Malbers has a very unassuming exterior – you really couldn’t guess how great the inside of the shop is from the outside. It looks like it might just be a quilting shop, but no! It has many more fabrics and notions to enjoy. It does stock plenty of quilting cottons and poly-cotton prints, however there are ample dressmaking fabrics to make it worth visiting for dressmakers.
The small floor size is absolutely packed with sewing goodies – the centre of the one-room shop has roll after roll of fabric stacked up on it, with plenty of diversity.
When I visited (1st September 2017), they had a lovely stack of denims, cotton drills and chambray which made me instantly think of the Tilly and The Buttons Cleo dungaree dress I have planned! The soft denim chambray was so perfect I immediately bought some to make a simple gathered skirt. I can’t wait to sew it up!
There are a good range of solid colours too, and ginghams – perfect for summer dresses and skirts.
Continuing the Tilly Cleo theme, Malbern also has some excellent corduroy fabrics: a soft claret coloured needlecord and a thicker olive cord had me lusting after them. Very affordable too, at about £8.99 per meter.
I’ve been wanting to make a tartan A-Line skirt for years, and its definitely something I will be sewing in the future, so I was also tempted by these lovely tartans on display.
The Christmas quilting cottons are not necessarily something I would buy, but I was amazed by the volume of patterns they manage to stock in such a small shop. If you wanted to make some Christmas gifts, these would be perfect – you’d be sure to find something suitable with this selection!
The shop manages to not only cram in hundreds of fabrics, but it also has a great selection of haberdashery products too. All the standard tools are here, and some I didn’t expect to see like sewing machine feet.
Most of the fabrics are fairly priced, and affordable. Here are some sample costs I noted from my visit today (1st September 2017):
Soft cotton chambray £8.99 per meter
Striped Ponte Roma jersey £6.99 per meter
Cotton prints £7.99 up to over £10 per meter (varied for different prints)
Needlecord (lovely) £8.99 per meter
Don’t let the outside fool you – this is a lovely, and really useful fabric shop that is great for affordable dressmaking. The owner is really friendly and helpful and has a loyal following. I’ll definitely be visiting Malbers Fabrics again eagerly!
Malbers Fabrics, 10 Bampton St, Tiverton EX16 6AA