List of ethical + organic fabric suppliers.
Buy + sell secondhand fabrics.
I love that there are some fair options out there, and hopefully our choices will grow as awareness + demand grows. We may decide to do our best and come as close to entirely fair as we can. Supporting a local fabric shop is a positive action. There is no substitute for feeling fabric and seeing color in person. I sure don't want my local shop to disappear! Asking the shop owners for what we are looking for might spark an interest in buying some fair fabrics...or in their prodding the industry toward fair. I look for natural fibers like cotton, linen, and hemp. Lyocell and tencel are derived from trees. Wool is lovely for garments that don't need to be washed often, like coats. Bamboo + soy are also options. Organic fibers, natural dyes, and local sourcing are even better.
Though I don't know exactly what conditions this khadi cotton was made under, it is organic cotton that was "hand-spun, hand-woven, and naturally dyed in India". Khadi cotton has a history with Ghandi, who encouraged his people to weave + use it as resistance.
Thrifted garments or sheets can be great sources of fabric too, just be aware that the fabric can deteriorate in the wash if it is older. (I've learned from experience.) We have a shop in our city that is a thrift store just for craft supplies. We can donate our unwanted supplies + shop for fabric and other supplies. Isn't that great!? Check to see if you have one too!
As I get started thinking about my own sewing, I'm first using what I already have. I have a few pieces of fabric that were bought for specific projects that were never made. I also like to reimagine pieces in my own closet. A top of mine might become a smaller top for Julia. A fabric swap with a crafty friend would be a treat too...wouldn't that be a great idea for a craft store?
Have you come across any fair fabrics? Please share!! :)