About millendstore

65,000 sq. ft. of exceptional fabrics, provide a fabulous shopping experience for the customer wanting that hard to find item! Our stores offer a wide selection of all fabric types from the finest silks to the most luxurious woolens and basics too!

August 2016

Quilting & Costuming with Karen Wallach

Name: Karen Wallach Age: 53 Originally From:  Norristown, PA. Went to high school in Naperville, IL, & Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA “Originally from” is a loaded question for me. Growing up, my father moved around with each job promotion. My husband's position in computers has taken us all over the country and we now find [...]

July 2016

Lace: 101

Lace can be elegant & sophisticated. Lace can be simple & informal. Antique or modern. It's a versatile fabric & trim that adds texture and visual interest, and who doesn't want that! Here's a little run-down about the types of lace and tips for sewing with it. If you have tips, please comment and share them with [...]

April 2016

Historic Costume with Mary Micaila Curtin

Portland is a city of makers. Places like the Mill End Store are what make this city such a unique place for designers and artists. Without exception, the staff at Mill End is comprised of the most wonderfully talented and creative individuals with a wide range of interests and expertise. We'd like to highlight our employees as many [...]

Silk: 101

Ah, silk. With it's rich history, unique qualities, and undeniable beauty, silk has always been synonymous with luxury, glamour, and refinement. If you've never sewn with silk before it can be daunting, or at worse an expensive mistake (hey, we've all been there!). When I first started working at Mill End, the very first thing [...]

February 2016

January 2016

Pattern Review: Seamwork Akita

Seamwork's Akita For me, sewing is a form of meditation. I tend to lumber around leaving a path of havoc in my wake. As a 7th grade teacher told me once, with a hint of disdain, 'you're so destructive'. My father is an engineer, and I grew up encouraged to take things apart to see how [...]

December 2015

Top 5 Fashion Trends for 2016

2015 had us wearing midi-skirts, fringe, off-the-shoulder tops, and, the regrettable, pastel colored hair. Well, it's time to ring in the new year with a fresh start and a fresh look! We've been scouring the runways, newspapers, and fashion magazines, and rounded up the top 5 fashion trends that are coming in 2016. Plus we've [...]

Holiday Hours

We will be closing early on Thursday, December 24 @ 3pm, and will be CLOSED on Christmas Day. We will also be closing early on Thursday, December 31 @ 3pm, and will be CLOSED on New Year's Day. We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

2015 Sewist Gift Guide

Sewing requires a thoughtful plan, the perfect fabric, some perseverance, and the right....notions! Like apps on your iPhone, notions specialize in making an aspect of your sewing project much easier. Can't see to thread your needle? Need to snip some threads? Measuring around a curved line? There's a notion for that! Even with decades of [...]

10 Easy Holiday Tulle Projects

There's nothing better than holiday craft projects that are inexpensive, easy, and have a high impact! Tulle is a whimsical and inexpensive material to use, plus quite often sewing isn't even necessary, making it quick AND great for kids. We've put together a roundup of 10 EASY holiday tulle projects. Most of these projects only require a [...]