Inside Dresssew

A bit ago I talked about my trip to Vancouver, which included a must-see stop in Dressew. Want to see inside Dressew (if you don’t live in Vancouver?)

Fun fur part one...

If you are a costumer, you will love Dressew – how could you not love a huge wall full of fun-fur?

Even more fun fur!

Yep, even MORE fun fur… there’s racks and racks of it in multiple colours, lengths, and styles. There are even a few ‘high end’ furs, that look really ‘real’, rather than the fantasy fun fur that is predominant.  I couldn’t get far back enough to get a photo of all of the fun fur they have in stock.  Ah.. I would love to make myself a long, full-length faux fur coat… but for now I’ll just stick with my 3/4 length!

Ruffle knits

These are ruffled knits – while I can see these in skirts or tops, what I really think they’re meant for is rumba / ruffled panties! I was so tempted to get the black and red stripe, and the black on black narrow ruffle – but I didn’t.  Of course, later on, in a trip up to Edmonton, I couldn’t help but think of this fabric, and ended up getting some at Marshall’s Fabrics instead (wayyyy less selection, and I don’t think the price was as good either!)

Multiple colours of ruffle knits

Oh… but if black and white/red doesn’t suit your fancy… how about multiple colours of ruffled knits instead?  These are more bolts of the ruffled knits – blacks, blues, teal, green, yellow, lime, purples, reds, pinks… solid on solid, stripes, white on colour and colour trimmed with black… and yes, even a blue and green leopard print.  Crazy!

shelves of silk fabrics

I think I spent twenty minutes alone going through the rolls of silks – so poorly displayed, but so beautiful! While there’s lots of dupioni here (which I can find with ease here at home) they also have silk gingham, plaids, stripes, painted florals, embroidered, sheer/solid stripes…. in a range of bright and dark colours.  I kept lusting after a black with fine white pinstripe silk… but just couldn’t figure out what I would DO with it.  Instead I picked up some tan and wine striped silk – the same silk I picked up last time I was here!

Upstairs in Dressew

There is so much fabric here – this shot is from the upstairs near the front of the store – please excuse the lousy photo quality, all of these were taken with my new camera phone, that I’m not entirely used to using yet!

If you’re heading to Vancouver, you can find Dressew at
337 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H6
(604) 682-6196
Sorry – they don’t have a website, or I would totally share it with you! Instead, you can check out some not-so-flattering reviews of the shop at – though … keep in mind there IS a good way to explore Dressew… if you know what you’re getting into!

10 comments on “Inside Dresssew

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  2. […] used the solid fabric to line the dress and add contrast piping and binding.  I bought both from Dressew in Vancouver a few years […]

  3. […] very hard to find locally.  I don’t have a trip planned to Vancouver any time soon to hit Dressew, but perhaps a visit to one of the specialty fabric stores in town is worth consideration. Perhaps […]

  4. […] I found some in a purple/brown (it looks purple in low lighting, and brown in bright lighting..) at Dressew in Vancouver, and made up a loose and casual cardigan.  It went together really quickly, and I […]

  5. […] isn’t a discount shop by any means (like Dressew in Vancouver) or an exclusively super-high end shop (like Estee’s in Edmonton); instead there […]

  6. […] in my (annoyingly large) collection of buckles, I decided to hold off and wait until I could get to Dressew to see if I could find something suitable there.  In the meantime it didn’t make much sense […]

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