Designer Fabrics


Welcome to the world of Marcy Tilton where we are always in the mood to sew. In our online fabric store you will find a carefully curated selection of new, deadstock and vintage designer fabrics for fashion, decor and more. We sell both knit fabrics and woven fabrics as yardage, special cuts and full panels. Many of our designer fabrics come to us directly from the studio stash of top fashion houses around the world. Other fabrics we bring to you from top fabric mills in France, Italy, India and Japan that produce designer fabrics for the biggest names in fashion. You will also discover designer fabrics featuring exclusive prints available only from Marcy Tilton Fabrics. Marcy's current garment designs are available from Vogue Patterns. Happy stashing and sewing!

marcy sewn; v8975 little Summer cardi in mesh

One garment I know I will wear is a little black summer shrug or cardigan to wear over sleeveless tops, tunics and dresses. I cannot pinpoint the exact moment in my life when I realized that my days of wearing sleeveless clothes was over, but that is when I started to seek solutions and alternatives to sleeveless garments. A sheer shrug or cardigan is a perfect solution. This one is fluid and drapey, can be open or tied closed, and both the style and the fabric allow the air to move.. 

I sewed this garment, V8975 in Jacqueline Mesh, start to finish on a Sunday afternoon to bring on an upcoming NYC trip next month, . This pattern is still current and well worth having for the cardigan/shrug as well as the dress. I’ll wear it over plain black sleeveless tunics and dresses.

More details on the blog...

mesh collection

Vogue 8975

Carol's Trapeze Dress in Black eyelet

Carol paired The Trapeze Dress pattern from Merchant & Mills with our Black Floral Cotton Eyelet for a simple and smashing summer dress. Carol cut the dress on the cross grain to make use of the scalloped edge, eliminated the back button detail, used a plain weave black fabric for the neck facing and added a strip of the scalloped edge at the sleeve hem.

Shown here over a simple black slip. Carol will wear the dress over a black camisole and floatly linen pants.




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marcy sewn: v1750 in reva hand embroidered cotton

When I first saw a swatch of this fabric I was so charmed I knew I had to have it! Produced in India, we waited months to receive our order. Natural white cotton gauze is hand embroidered in small simple stitches creating an overall design. Made in 5 yard lengths, and available in 3 color ways, I try to imagine the hands that worked to create this beautiful fabric. I chose Reva, the black and white version and used pattern V1750, a favorite go to pattern with a simple airy shape - a modern take on the classic Indian kurta. I paired the embroidered cotton with Tribeca Dot Plissé - which is a perfect weight, design and color match.

This is a fabric that wants to stand on its own, so choose a simple style with few seams.

Pattern tweaks:
Used a continuous lap for the front neck opening, raising the opening so no buttons are required.

Made the collar/neck a bit larger, so adapted the collar to fit.

Used the contrast fabric for the continuous lap, undercollar, sleeve facing and bias facing at the hem.



new: The dress shirt pattern from merchant & mills


made by Carol: the Trapeze dress in double gauze by nani iro


trapeze pattern

Carol says,

'I love the Merchant & Mills Trapeze Dress pattern as a blank canvas to show off the bold and beautiful Suzu Double Gauze cotton print by Japanese fabric line Nani Iro. I eliminated the back buttons, (making sure the neck opening is large enough to easily pull on over the head), and added side seam pockets.'


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Summer Whites Collection

V9317 in hanky linen

summer whites collection

B6771 in 5 liberty prints

Taking a nod from RTW shirts using Liberty fabrics that retail in the $900-$1100 range, we created our own version. The only thing better than one Liberty print is combining a grouping of Liberty prints in one garment. As an experiment, we cut one yard of 5 different prints for this shirt. Katherine is a master at the art of combining prints in one garment as well as deciding the placement. She played with possibilities, then pinned the selected print to the pattern piece. (In another nod to the RTW versions we eliminated the collar).

Tips from Katherine on combining prints:
The more fabrics you have to work with, the easier the deicison making.
Choose colors that harmonize but are not exactly match-y match-uy.
Use prints of varying scale/size.
Start with the front.
Decide on the placement of the main pieces.
Make the placket different from those on either side.
Choose the back fabrics so the patterns that meet at the side seam are different.
Choose the fabric for the sleeves which is determined by what is next to them.

One of the sleeves might match the fabric it is next to - and this is fine.

Shirt pattern Butterick 6771 is perfect for this project as it has a number of pattern pieces that lend to the blending of different designs. After the shirt was cut, there is enough fabric left to make another entire garment.

We used: Encanta, Lotus Land, Adonis Blue Butterfly, Meadowland and Pink Lady Slipper.

the liberty collage shirt

liberty collection


new from katherine tilton: butterick 6877

Pieced Tunic

We're celebrating the release of Katherine's new pieced tunic, and have created a special collection of over 90 fabrics that are right for the style. This easy fitting, flowing and flattering pieced tunic, Butterick 6877, can be made in a woven or a knit, in one color or color blocking or a collage of harmonious prints.  Shown here in our Fresh Lime Lightweight Ponte.

Read more in Katherine's blog...

the line drawing shows the details

B6877 in knit

B6877 in woven