Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions; we have answers!

Gorgeous Fabrics the brainchild and passion project of Ann Steeves (that's me): sewing teacher, occasional contributor to Threads Magazine, Vogue Patterns Magazine (RIP, sniff!), and other publications, alter-ego of The Pressinatrix, Craftsy instructor and all around sewing fanatic.

I sell a select offering of designer fabrics from all around the world for your sewing pleasure. You won't find fleece here, unless it's designer fleece, and even then... probably not. 

Yes! We offer classes at our studio in Billerica, MA. From Sew With a Pro (bring your own project and get help from me) to more structured classes like Sewing With Knits, Beautiful Blouses, Captivating Coats and more, we'll add to the roster over time. Work on projects and learn new skills in a supportive environment, with Ann's expertise and some of her specialized equipment available for students' use. Please note, we don't supply sewing machines; you need to bring your own. Our studio is fully accessible!

Yes! We have accept credit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and cash for class attendees. Sorry, no checks. AND, class attendees get a discount.

No. We are primarily online. We're happy to arrange a visit, but in-person shopping is by appointment only. Please be aware that we are not a retail store. Prices are not marked on the fabrics, and we don't merchandise in a standard retail way. But email us and we will try to arrange a mutually convenient time.

We sell fabrics by the yard. 

Fabric is priced per-yard, unless otherwise noted (see below). The minimum purchase is one yard.  After that, you can increment by .5 yards.

Fabrics sold by the piece, and panels, are sold in increments of 1.

Outlet Store fabrics are sold by the yard, in whole-yard increments.

Fabrics are cut in one continuous piece. If you order quantity 3 yards, we send you a continuous length of fabric measuring 3 yards total.

You're in luck! To find fabrics that are 100% cotton, wool, silk or linen, click on the "Filters" tab in the upper left hand corner of the category page, and click "100." 

When possible, tear. Obviously, I can't do that with knits, and certain wovens. But when possible, I find it's far more accurate to make a small cut in the selvage, and then tear the fabric. While that may result in slight grain distortion within an inch of the end, I give you enough fabric that it's not an issue. And the feedback I've gotten is that my customers FAR prefer me to tear the fabric.

"Face" is the industry term for the right side of a fabric. In most cases, you can tell pretty readily which side of the fabric is the face, and which is the reverse (the industry term for wrong side). When it's not obvious, I'll put a sticker along the selvage for you. But remember - you have complete control, so whichever side you prefer is the one that you should show to the world!

We use the Pantone Fashion Home + Interiors FHI Cotton Color Guide, 2023 edition, to give you a color approximation. If you have one of the older, retail Fashion and Home decks, or the one from Ma Maison, those don't have all the the 2100+ colors in the Cotton book. If you can't find a number in your smaller deck, just click on the number of the color on the Pantone tab on the page, and it will bring up that color on Pantone's online color matcher site. 

And if you like that feature, please let Mr. Gorgeous Fabrics know, since he was the one who came up with it!

Yes! You can request up to 5 swatches of fabrics at no charge. If you need more than 5, each additional swatch is $1. Email us the SKU numbers (and if you really want to get on my good side, can you please include the name of the fabric? It makes it SO much easier for me to find)  of the swatches you would like and your mailing address, and we'll send them out by USPS first class mail. Fabrics with less than 5 yards, outlet fabrics, panels, and individual pieces are not available for swatching.

Yes! We offer Mettler Metrosene Thread. IMO it's the best thread on the market. You can order colors or ask us to match the thread to your fabric. On the newer fabrics, I include the matching thread in the fabric description, so you can click on it and order. I'll retrofit that to older fabrics as time allows.

We also sell Mettler Seraflex Elastic Thread. This is AMAZING for sewing stretchy seams without a serger. Use it in the needle and the bobbin, and you can sew a stretchy seamline with a straight stitch. Try it - you're going to love it!

We also sell the Metrosene thread cards, so you can buy one and know exactly which thread you want.

Fear not! We charge the actual cost of shipping plus a small handling fee (between $2 and $3). Fabric shipping is an inexact science, so we use a combination of weight and volume to give an estimate of what it will cost to ship your fabrics to you. To quote "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," DON'T PANIC (in large, friendly letters) when you see the shipping cost. As soon as I know the actual cost of the package, I refund any overage. Trust me, I hate shipping costs as much as the next person, and I want to make your shipping as painless for you as possible.

BTW, US and US territory orders over $200 get FREE SHIPPING. In cases of free shipping, your package may go by UPS Ground. We send tracking information in all cases, so you can see when your package will be delivered.

Shipping is calculated AFTER discounts are applied. So, let's say I'm running a 20% off sale, and you get your bad self to $200 in your cart. At checkout, you enter the 20% coupon. That brings your order from $200 down to $160, so shipping is added on. 

We ship by USPS Priority Mail in most cases. For large orders in the Lower 48, we may opt to use UPS ground or the new USPS Package Service. For small items, like thread or bias tape, we may use USPS First Class Package service. Whatever way your package goes, we send you tracking information as soon as your order ships.

Check our Policies Page for all the ins and outs of shipping, both US and international.

YES!!! We have added shipping to the following countries: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Japan and Denmark.

I ship all international packages by USPS priority mail, so you can avoid any brokerage fees.

Now, I'm going to say this right up front, the international shipping estimates are expensive. Like, jaw droppingly expensive, because they are based on an estimate of weight and volume that is inexact. But as with US shipping, as soon as I have the actual shipping and handling (about $3), I refund any overage.

Please note that any duties, local taxes or VAT are not included in the shipping cost. You're responsible for those.

Sure! Email me and I'll set up a coupon you can use to take shipping off your order. Be aware, Shopify (the software I use) won't allow multiple coupons, so if there's a coupon discount or an automatic discount, you can't use that and remove shipping. But if that happens, just contact me and I'll refund shipping and you can pick up. 


Yes! I'm happy to hold your fabric until the end of business on Friday of the week you place your order. That's especially useful when I'm putting up new products, so you can see what new goodies are coming in and add them. 

BUT!!! And this is a big but - you MUST send me an email when you place the order asking me to hold off shipping, because if you have ever worked with me you know that I literally ship orders out the same day, whenever possible. And once it's in the Post Office's or UPS' hands, it's gone.

Yes you can, subject to the provisions on our Policies Page. You can return unwashed, uncut fabrics within 30 days of purchase. Contact us by email for a Return Authorization for your return to be processed. We don't offer refunds or returns without one. No returns are accepted after 30 days from purchase.

Outlet Store fabrics, fabrics labeled "AS IS", muslin, interfacing, notions, tools, thread, and labels are final sale, and are not returnable.

No. 😒