(Back in Chicago for lunchtime, Heather treats us to a tour of a local hotspot. Comment away)So, you sew? In the Midwest, every serious sewer knows that Vogue Fabrics is an endless source of materials, information and ideas. Holding high the moniker, America�s Premier Fabric Store, groups get bussed in by the dozens (and I�m not even kidding) including sewing clubs, costume designers and school groups. But it�s the rest of us who need to be let in on the well-kept secret that Vogue Fabrics offers suggestions, solutions, and fantastic fabrics for every budget.
Spanning more than half a block, the store is a bustling, huge workshop with a no-frills interior showing that Vogue Fabrics gets straight to business. The staff in each department couldn�t be more perfect: friendly, knowledgeable, and super proud of the Vogue �machine� that they help operate. The operation is flawless, as on any given day dozens of people meander about in search of the best materials for a particular project. In addition to fabrics, the store sells sewing machines (along with free lessons), accessories and software, and also provides repair service.
This beloved institution was born in 1945 and the staff has the old school skills to re-work your furniture with slipcovers and upholstery. On-site professionals are also there to measure and install blinds and custom window shades, create custom-made comforters, duvets, curtains, pillows, (yes, the list goes on). If you�re looking to take up sewing or upholstering yourself, the store offers a number of classes throughout each year.
In addition to the Evanston store, Vogue Fabrics has two other metro area locations and an online catalog. The website helpfully categorizes fabric lists, sales and specials (like the $1 per yard deals), but the overview is nothing compared to the touch-and-feel aspect of experiencing this place firsthand.