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I contacted The Dress Fabric Shop, Bruntsfield, out of the blue, in a panic. My daughter’s marriage was imminent, the whole country was in lock-down and we were strictly shielding. So no hope of getting to a dress maker for fittings, so I rashly volunteered to have a go at it myself. But no hope of getting to a fabric shop to choose fabrics either. My daughter had organised for the event to be live-streamed, so my efforts would be broadcast far and wide. And, of course, I wanted my daughter to feel wonderful and for them both to have a perfect day, despite the fact that all their original plans had gone to pot. But I hadn’t sewn a thing since I was fifteen! Gwenyth made everything all right. More than that. She made it fun. She was friendly, encouraging and supremely helpful, posting fabric samples, guiding on options and choices, offering invaluable and much needed tips and advice. I always felt excited, confident and enthusiastic to keep going after talking to her. Cheered. Up-lifted. In safe hands. I could not thank her enough for all she did for us. She removed the panic and made the whole journey a joy.
In this year like no other, it has been my dressmaking that has kept me sane.
I live in the West of Scotland and in normal times travel to Edinburgh to this fantastic little treasure trove of beautiful, quality fabrics.
However, during lockdown, Gwenyth has supplied me with fabric samples, some from the website, others not. Her mail order service is very efficient. I can place an order by telephone and it is with me in a few days.
As new fabrics have arrived, so have the samples. As a result I have a fantastic new wardrobe. All I need now is somewhere to wear it.
Can’t wait for the shop to open again.
Thank you Gwenyth for looking after me during this difficult time. Looking forward to seeing you soon.
I knew of the dressfabric company from a trip to Edinburgh some years ago. I have done small amounts of business over the years as my time for dressmaking was limited due to full time work. I retired the 1st lockdown day March 2020 and consequently contacted Gwenyth to discuss fabric for a dress, she has been amazing over the past year sending photographs of fabrics for me sending samples and promptly sending fabrics and haberdashery.
I cannot thank Gwenyth enough for keeping me sane, the fabrics and service are excellent and Gwenyth is truly inspirational and extremley knowledgeable!
Chris Bone: New Zealand
My daughter fell in love with a particular wedding dress style and unfortunately, we could not find the lace anywhere in New Zealand, where we live. I offered to try to find some whilst on an overseas trip to Scotland and the UK, and I stumbled across The Dress Fabric Company while searching for high quality fabric stores. I am so glad I did! Gwenyth was an absolute delight to deal with, and spent quality time with me going through samples of lace from her myriad of selection books. We found the most exquisite lace, which my daughter adored and so we ordered the quantity required. Gwenyth ordered it directly from the supplier, after phoning to ensure they had the required amount. The lace was sent directly to my daughter in New Zealand, and actually arrived there before we got home! I cannot speak highly enough of Gwenyth and her service. A true lady who goes out of her way to ensure her brides are exquisitely taken care of.
Date of wedding: May 2019
Venue: Tauranga, New Zealand
Kate Mawson: Stamford Bridge
I want to say how amazingly helpful I have found Gwenyth in my recent quest to source fabric for my daughter’s wedding dress and two bridesmaids’ dresses.
From two hundred miles away she reassured, advised and supported me through the whole process and I so enjoyed talking with someone who understood the joys and pitfalls of dressmaking. My daughter and I are delighted with the fabric and I will not hesitate to recommend the Dress Fabric Company to anyone looking for exceptional service. I also plan a visit to the shop on my next trip to Edinburgh.
"I currently live in Norway where it´s actually pretty difficult to get hold of what you need to sew some special bespoke pieces - very expensive too. My husband was visiting Edinburgh, so I searched online for fabric shops in the city and came across The Dress Fabric Company. I called, fully expecting an online order and service from abroad to be difficult, only to be met by Gwyneth, the owner. I have rarely experienced such incredible service. Gwyneth was such a fantastic help; positive, professional and completely enthusiastic. She went totally out of her way to help with suggestions and the offer to send photographs of lots of samples, to make my choice of order possible. Working with Gwyneth was pleasure from start to finish. My husband returned from his trip with a package that contained everything I needed, with a warmly written complimentary slip. Both the fabrics and linings are wonderful quality and the price, excellent. Thanks Gwyneth for such a wonderful experience."
What a find – Gwenyth’s expertise is brilliant! I have never before been into a fabric shop where the fabrics had been so well chosen – tremendously tasteful, versatile and with such a gorgeous colour palate. Gwenyth’s eye for colour & style are fantastic – she immediately guessed which colour silk was best with the fabric of my Mother of the Bride designer dress and actually had the same fabric and some of the silk in the shop. Then she went through the pattern books knowing where to find the best patterns for me and recommended a bespoke button covering service – her extensive experience and knowledge is second to none! The result was superb and totally individual. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
"After much searching for fabric for a wedding outfit I saw an article in a magazine which introduced me to Gwenyth of The Dress Fabric Company. My search was over as she sent me the most gorgeous samples, followed by several chats on the phone. Her knowledge and expertise helped me enormously. She made suggestions when I asked for them and gave me ideas. I have promised myself a trip up to Edinburgh and shall definitely be shopping there again."
Pam Lawson: Devon
"My thanks Gwenyth for the inspirational selection of samples for my daughter's wedding outfit. Your personal attention and friendly advice have been a great encouragement and the fabric order delivered promptly, complete with matching zip. A great service, I promise to send a picture of the outfit next year.
"Hi, fabulous shop, and user friendly. I am always spoiled for choice. The owner has an eye for style , quality and design. There are few shops left which inspire but this one does on several levels. Thank goodness its there."
"This is a wonderful shop.
Whether you have an occasion in mind or are simply itching to get sewing again, there will always be something interesting and delightful to see here.
Gwyneth wears her expertise and knowledge very lightly - she is helpful and will offer advice if asked, but will not be in the slightest bit fazed if you just want to browse and leave with ideas. She has a wonderful sense of colour and 'what works' and is very professional in making sure the fabric will be suitable for the look the customer wants. I find that honesty and helpfulness refreshing and it means I return and return and recommend the shop to my friends. The fabrics themselves are lovely, and Gwyneth seems to have a knack of obtaining current but slightly different colours and textures. I have made dresses for weddings and formal events as well as some simple linen things for the summer (?) and winter skirts and shirts (which have had rather more wear) with fabrics from her shop, and all have been a joy to sew.
Gwyneth has an astonishimg memory and often remembers if the event was a special one and what fabric was worn - many people come back to report on how they got on!
This shop adds a lot to a corner of Edinburgh and is well worth a detour!"
"I first spotted The Dress Fabric Company a few years ago - I kept noticing it from the No 23 bus on fleeting visits to Edinburgh from my home in Orkney; .... on that first visit, surrounded by bales of beautiful fabrics - silks, linens, sheers, textures, plains and patterns, I knew I had found a treasure house. My daughter was getting married in April 2010, and there were eight dresses to make! Gwenyth filled me with such confidence, the daunting task I was about to undertake didn't seem quite so overwhelming. Gwenyth quickly arranged for samples to be sent to Orkney, and through ongoing correspondence, she offered much advice and support until at the end of January I received a large parcel with all the fabrics, linings, and notions. Since then, I email with pattern details and a vague idea, and a few days later, a well judged array of samples arrives. Once a decision is made - a phone call is all that's needed and fabric and notions are on their way. Gwenyth has a great capacity for knowing her customer, and assisting them in realising their expectations."
Alwyn: Hexham, Northumberland.
"After contacting you by mail order for a year or two, it was lovely to visit your shop which is a “Little Gem“, but more important, to actually meet the lady who sells such beautiful fabrics of excellent quality. Your service for mail order is so very efficient and very tempting, there is such a lovely array of fabrics you never know which to choose. Everything I have made from your fabrics has brought many comments, all very complimentary. I would say to anyone - do contact this fabulous shop - you will not be disappointed."
Moira: Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway
“Gwenyth has a lovely shop with lovely fabrics. She is extremely friendly and very knowledgeable about all her fabrics. The shop is very accessible; being able to park outside her door is great, especially when you seem to have bought an entire season’s worth of fabric. For advice and sourcing specialist fabrics she is wonderful, the lace fabric she got for my daughter's wedding bolero was magnificent. Her mail order service for swatches, or lengths of fabric is first class. She has helped me out on occasions when a dress is required that week! It is always a joy to visit her shop.”
Vera: Whitehaven, Cumbria.
"Fabulous selection of classy fabrics, I always find something wonderful. Gwenyth is so helpful and knows exactly what I need when I use her mail order service. My favourite fabric shop, and highlight of my visits to Edinburgh!"
A satisfied customer: Kent
"I am a member of a well established sewing group in the south of England.
My sewing colleagues and I have been dealing with The Dress Fabric Company
for several years, the fabrics offered are varied, interesting and of good quality.
The staff are always helpful and pleasant to deal with.
This shop is a favourite source of fabric."