The Cambridge Fabric Company
7, Peas Hill, Cambridge, CB2 3PP
Stepping inside the beautifully laid-out shop in the centre of historic Cambridge, an overwhelming sense of nostalgia washes over you. It’s not just the many rolls of classic British-designed cotton and linen fabrics, or the wonderfully colourful collection of haberdashery, trims and sewing essentials that give you this feeling – it’s the old-fashioned, friendly welcome from owner Katie Benson and her team, and the super helpful customer service that is reminiscent of a more civilized shopping experience.
The main emphasis is on furnishing fabrics, with the shop specialising in cottons and linens, but there’s also a range of dress and quilting fabrics available. Plus, if you’re ever in need of a lovely gift for someone with an eye for design, there’s everything from beautiful scarves to quirky bike seat covers – definitely worth a browse for birthday and Christmas presents.
That fabulous Fabric Co experience goes even further with their very handy ‘made to measure’ service. In store or in your own home, they’ll help you choose gorgeous fabrics, work out all the measurements, and get them expertly made into curtains, blinds and other soft furnishings by their experienced network of local seamstresses – no factory-style piecework here, this is real craft! By working this way Katie not only ensures the best for her customers, she supports local indie makers too. You can get a free no-obligation quote for the service and help with fitting is also available.
A new and very welcomed addition to the Fabric Co team is Leya – an experienced seamstress and alterations tailor – offering clothing alteration and a repair service in-store. With a dedicated space downstairs including a private fitting area, Leyla can not only tailor a wedding dress, replace a broken zip or shorten a pair of trousers, she’s also there to help customers discover a more sustainable approach to refreshing their wardrobe with her clever range of creative alteration ideas.