Perfect Winter Break Project: Spring Student Competition

Are you a fashion design student in Chicago and antsy because you are not sewing over break?  Well, Supreme Fabrics has the perfect solution for your winter break down time: our Spring Design Competition!

Here are the Details:

Supreme Novelty Fabrics began in 1931 with Sam Schechter selling bridal illusion out of the trunk of is car in Midwestern Cities like Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago.  Since our inception, we have been tied to the world of custom bridal.  Because of this, we have acquired a large selection of both vintage and contemporary laces.  Supreme Fabrics serves local brides, and also ships products across the globe.  It is from this, that we have found inspiration for our Spring Competition theme.hillarys83

Brides dream about their wedding dress for years leading up to the big day.  It is a designer’s job to create the perfect gown to fulfill these dreams.  For this competition, your challenge is to design a wedding gown.  Your design can be traditional or modern.  It does not have to include lace.  Traditionally fashion shows end with a wedding dress, well, we are going to have a full show of amazing bridal gowns!

For Registration forms, please visit our website: or email with any questions! We would love to have you participate!

What Supreme’s Fabrics have become


Supreme Fabrics would obviously not be in operation without our wonderful customers who frequent the store.  But its more than just what our clients buy, it’s what they create…and we have to say that we have some pretty talented customers.  We wanted to take this time, to not only thank those of you that shop at our store, but also share with the world what you have created! We are amazed!

Cleo, one of our regular customers made this amazing blue fur coat for a competition...and won 1st place!

Cleo, one of our regular customers made this amazing blue fur coat for a competition…and won 1st place!

Lyneese Voegele made this beautiful wedding dress for her daughter - it turned out great - not to mention an amazing setting!

Lyneese Voegele made this beautiful wedding dress for her daughter – it turned out great – not to mention an amazing setting!

Alexandra Cabrera Barraza bought all of the fabric for her wedding dress for Supreme - you made a beautiful bride Alexandra - and what fun...a Mexico wedding!

Alexandra Cabrera Barraza bought all of the fabric for her wedding dress for Supreme – you made a beautiful bride Alexandra – and what fun…a Mexico wedding!

Mignonette Bridal constantly amazes us with their beautiful bridal dresses! This is another stunner!

Mignonette Bridal constantly amazes us with their beautiful bridal dresses! This is another stunner!

This beautiful dress happens to be the creation of one of Supreme's employees! - Julia Tiedt! Keep up the good work Julia!

This beautiful dress happens to be the creation of one of Supreme’s employees! – Julia Tiedt! Keep up the good work Julia!

Lily and Migs is a line of clothing based in Chicago and Boston.  We have gotten to know and love Jenn and also love seeing the amazing things she designs!

Lily and Migs is a line of clothing based in Chicago and Boston. We have gotten to know and love Jenn and also love seeing the amazing things she designs!

Jordan Ross made this amazing dress for the theatre using all fabric from Supreme...this photo is breathe taking!

Jordan Ross made this amazing dress for the theatre using all fabric from Supreme…this photo is breathe taking!

A wonderful creation from Maison de LaCour - love this striking red color!

A wonderful creation from Maison de LaCour – love this striking red color!

Do you have a garment you have made with Supreme Novelty Fabrics?  Send it to – we would love to share it with the Supreme Community!


Happy Holidays from Supreme Novelty Fabrics


We hope that all of our customers have a wonderful holiday season celebrating with family and friends.  We are so grateful that you have chosen Supreme Fabrics for your fabric needs and we thank you!  Cheers to a New Year!

Holiday Hours:

Closed: December 24 and 25th, January 1st

We will be open on New Years Eve!

2nd Annual Supreme Novelty Fabrics Student Design Competition

On  Sunday, December 2, students from local fashion design schools, Columbia College Chicago, Harper College, Dominican University and College of DuPage,  participated in the Supreme Fall Student Design Competition. The garments were based on the theme Heritage in a runway show. Judged by industry professionals,Corri Mcfadden, Ryan Beshel, Anna Fong, Horacio Nieto and Angelica Burns. With all proceeds going back to benefit the students and schools, the top three winners received gift cards for Supreme Novelty Fabrics.


The Top Three 


First Place

Courtney Batio


Second Place

Amela Bego


Third Place

Haiping Zhuangs


Bridal Brunch Recap

The Fashion Focus 2012 Event, Bridal Brunch: From Fabric to Fit showcased local custom bridal designers wedding dress designs on the runway on October 12, 2012. The event was a success! And all proceeds went towards the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation! 



Decoration and Catering!


Fleur floral centerpieces



Entertaining Company


Luscious Layers Bakery

Private Label Linens provided all of the tablecloths for the event – we are obsessed with this one on the cake table!


Neil Dixon Smith Guitarrista

 The Runway!


Elaya Vaughn 


Mignonette Bridal


Regina Jules Bridal


Amanda Archer


Sarah Lowry




Violet Bells Bridal

The Designers!


Supreme’s Supremely Big Clearance Sale!

Every few months Supreme Fabrics has a sale, but nothing in the past compares to the amazing discounts we have now made!  We are clearing inventory to bring in great new fabrics, but we need to make space first!  We have discounted:

Laces on Sale!

  • Imported Embellished, Beaded, and Enhanced Laces
  • Domestic Unbeaded Lace
  • Knit and Stretch Wovens
  • Silk Prints, Knit Prints
  • Polyester Chiffon
  • Polyester Organza
  • Polyester Linings
  • Polyester Taffeta
  • Polyester Satins
  • Poplins
  • Glitz Fabrics
  • Suede
  • Interior Fabrics
  • Faux Fur

Mystery bagIf you love a good mystery, you are going to love our Mystery Bags! For $4, you can purchase a Mystery Bag of Goodies – who knows what you will get, but it could inspire you to make something amazing! (One of the bags even includes a crystal applique!)

Also, if you spend $150, you instantly get $25 off AND a coupon for another $25 off your next purchase of $150 – made before November 30th.

Seriously –  there are so many good deals!  Stock up now!

You may or may not know that Supreme Fabrics has a sister company, Private Label Linens, that sells amazing table linens! They have worked with clients like the White House, NATO Summit, and the Noble Peace Conference.  For the duration of the sale, we will be offering limited edition linens available for purchase.  With the holidays right around the corner, it is the perfect opportunity to get pieces to jazz up your holiday tables!

Visit our showroom today and see our amazing discounts!

Bridal Brunch: From Fabric to Fit

Mignonette Bridal and Supreme Novelty Fabrics presents:

Bridal Brunch: From Fabric to Fit

A Fashion Focus 2012 Event

Sunday, October 21 at 11:00 am

2156 W. Fulton, Chicago, IL, 60612

A bridal event and runway presentation showcasing local custom bridal designers. The event features the detailed process of creating a unique wedding dress from the fabric selection, pattern making, muslin fitting, to final product.

The suggested admission for this event is $10. All proceeds will go to benefit the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation. Tickets available at


Amanda Archer

         A native Californian currently living in Chicago, IL.  Amanda began her career attending design school in San Francisco and interning for Lily Samii.  After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in 2003, Amanda began working full time for Lily Samii as a pattern drafter and design assistant, promoted 2 years later to production and design manager, concentrating in women’s evening-wear, specializing in design, patternmaking, and fit, using high-end techniques and couture-like constructions.  Amanda spent over 5 years working in the industry before deciding it was time to develop her own line full-time, a dream come true!

Janessa Ann
Violet Bells Designs
        Violet Bells Designs by Janessa Ann believes “not every woman wants to be categorized into a single style.” Her pieces range from vintage to modern, free spirited to classic tradition. She designs with a sincere devotion, to create what you feel free in. Encouraging a bride to fall in love with the simplicity of a piece, or embrace it as the starting point for a custom look that is all her. Her delicate approach to design, special attention to detail, and fanciful sense of style creates nothing short of a flawless finish. In the end, Janessa Ann delivers a style that leaves you feeling like yourself.

Sarah Lowry

          Native Southern Illinoisan, Sarah Lowry, always knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.  From a very early age she could be found learning about design and construction from her Grandmother.  As a result she fell in love with apparel, and pursued a more formal education at Southern Illinois University.  Ever the entreprenur, she has always worked in freelance design, simultaneously either continuing her education or building more skills.

        Although she has just recently rediscovered her adoration of bridal design, she has managed to build a pretty amazing collection of custom clients in a relatively short amount of time.  This bodes well for her goals of showing a collection of her own, focused on her individual design philosophy in partner with the custom gowns she is known for creating.
Monica Freng
Monirose, Bespoke Gowns
         Monica Freng is a self-taught designer based out of Madison WI, whose passion is creating wearable, beautifully handcrafted wedding gowns.  Her love affair with bridal gowns began in 2007 when she created her own bespoke wedding gown. Since launching Monirose in 2008, she has built a reputation for creating a truly personal experience for her brides.  From sketch to bustle, each Monirose bridal gown is handmade with attention to detail and luxurious materials.  Commissioning a bespoke Monirose gown allows each bride to walk down the aisle in a gown that is as unique as her love story.
Julia Tiedt
Regina Jules Bridal
           Taught to sew at a young age by her grandmother, Julia Tiedt has always been doing something creative in one form or another.  It wasn’t until college however that Julia realized fashion was what she wanted to spend the rest of her life doing!  She perfected her pattern making and design skills while attending Columbia College Chicago for a Post Bachelors Degree in Fashion Design.  Regina Jules bridal, a combination of her grandmothers name and her nickname, was born of her love for all things wedding and her desire to give every bride exactly what she wants for her special day.  Julia’s designs are known for their attention to detail, incorporation of fabric manipulation and repetition.  Julia’s goal is to make the wearer feel beautiful, but also create something truly one of a kind.
Katelyn Pankoke
Elaya Vaughn 
             Elaya Vaughn was started in 2010 by creative director, Katelyn Pankoke. The name, Elaya          Vaughn, comes from two ofPankoke’s family names. Katelyn has been designing for nine years; however, as with most girls, her interest in bridal began early on in life. Katelyn earned a Bachelor’s degree in Apparel Design and Technology. While still in school, she began her career with commissioned design work that consisted mostly of evening wear. It has always been her goal to start her own line, and that time has finally come.     As a designer, Katelyn is very detail oriented; this is evident in the textile manipulation, and other fine details seen in each of her designs. As creative director, Katelyn ensures that each gown consists of the highest quality of materials. Katelyn is a proponent of fair labor and is proud of keeping the manufacturing of her gowns in The USA. Katelyn describes her design aesthetic as artful femininity.     Foremost in her focus is the fit of her designs and how they make the bride feel. Katelyn insists that Elaya Vaughn is more than a brand; Elaya Vaughn is an Experience.  Katelyn also understands that a wedding gown is unlike any other purchase a woman will make, and she is determined to make sure that this experience is just as unforgettable as the wedding itself.    Katelyn was recently engaged this past December to her high school sweet-heart, Zachary Aberman. Now the ultimate    question…what will she wear?

A Summer Full of Students

After School Matters, born through the passion and commitment of Maggie Daley, is a non-profit organization that offers Chicago High School teens innovative out of school activities that help them discover their potential and find their path to a meaningful life.

Supreme Novelty Fabrics had the opportunity and the honor to work with five of these amazing freshly graduated High School students this past summer.  As a small business, we frequently have more on our to-do list then we have time for in a given day.  The ASM students helped check off some of those to-do’s and as a result helped make Supreme a more customer friendly store!

The Students spent the summer labeling all of our fabrics, organizing them by color and type, and generally being a joy to have around!  We also loved the outfits they designed for our mannequins – there may be some future fashion designers coming out of here!

We are grateful not only for the work that they helped us with, but also the opportunity to get to know each and every one of these students personally!   Supreme Novelty Fabrics wishes you all the best in your freshmen year of college and your futures!

Thank you After School Matters for creating such an amazing program!

Supreme Summer Student Design Competition

A little over a week and a half ago, Supreme Novelty Fabrics hosted its FIRST student design competition and runway show!  We had been preparing for this event since June: spreading the word among student designers, finding the judges, and planning the actual show.  It has been a lot of work, but it was a blast and the results were more than we could have ever hoped for!

The competition showcased 18 students from 5 of the local fashion schools: Dominican University, Harper College, Columbia College Chicago, IADT, and College of Dupage.  The students were required to use 1 yard of an eggplant pleated chiffon fabric which was provided for them upon registration.  We were amazed at the creativity the students brought to the competition.  We had designs that were hand dyed, hand felted, or painted to create a unique one-of-a-kind pattern.

The show was held on our massive runway/cutting table before an audience of 135 people.  It was a great honor to have an amazing judges panel scoring the designs: Lara Miller, local eco-friendly knitwear designer;Barbara Glass, fashion editor and wardrobe consultant and newly appointed fashion reporter on “Good Day Chicago”; Nora Del Busto, local separates designer and Chicago Fashion Incubator alum; and Hector-Javier from Monarrez Collection, your one stop shop for all special occasion needs!

The winners received gift certificates for Supreme Novelty Fabrics, and the first place winner also received a photo shoot with Dean Paul who photographed the event. And now for the winners…..

3rd Place: Amela Bego of Harper College

Amela Bego is a Sophmore at Harper College.  Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Amela likes her designs to have a touch of home.  As a little girl, she was taught to crochet by her grandma and incorporates crochet into many of her garments.  It can be quite a challenge to incorporate crochet and fabric into the same garment, but Amela likes a good challenge.  She feels that crochet makes the garment more exquisite and eye-catching.  Amela strives to create unique pieces that stand out from the crowd.  As you can see above, she created quite a piece! The crochet detailing was just beautiful!

2nd Place: Samantha Goldberg of Harper College

Samantha studies fashion design at Harper College.  She is a California native but, aims to win the competition over with her romantic style and eye for detail. She bases her esthetics on standing out from the normal everyday look but keeping classy and emphasizing the female forms curves.  She is using all the fabric provided, highlighting the pleats, creating a sexy grunge dress design with a vest for the competition.  She is inspired by high fashion and ready-to-wear designers like Valentino and Marc Jacobs. She is excited to show her work to Chicago.

First Place: Sandra Yau of Columbia College Chicago

Sandra Yau is going into her Junior year at Columbia College.  For this competition, she created a flowy evening dress with a beautiful train.  She won the judges over with the grace of the dress, and the amazing drape!  We could not have a more gracious winner and we look forward to seeing more looks from her!

The competition was such a great success that we have decided to host a Fall competition as well! Please e-mail if you are interested in details!

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