675 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30308
Sharing creative experiences is the inspiration behind Leigh Metcalf’s Topstitch Studio & Lounge in Atlanta. After an inspiring six years in London visiting tony fabric shops and researching her book, “London Stitch and Knit: A Craft Lover’s Guide to London’s Fabric, Knitting, and Haberdashery Shops,” Metcalf returned to Georgia to establish a unique retail and user experience. She wanted to create a space where people could shop, sew, and share their stories and talents as part of a sewing craft community.
Located in the historic Sears & Roebuck building – now the trendy Ponce City Market – Topstitch echoes the vitality that animates Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward region. Together, they serve as crown jewels of one of the city’s largest adaptive reuse and revitalization success stories.
Ponce City Market is a neighborhood mecca that includes the popular Central Food Hall, bars, apartments, offices, and various shops. As a modern fabric retailer and sewing studio with wide-open spaces, comfy couches, and chairs for a laid back, loft-y feel, Topstitch fits well with the Ponce vibe and is well worth a visit when you’re in the Big Peach.
So what does Topstitch have to offer? Metcalf’s European sensibilities have brought some of the continent’s finest fabrics, independent apparel patterns, and unique sewing items to Atlanta. They include crêpe viscose from Paris’s Atelier Brunette Couture Collection, Named Clothing apparel patterns (Finland), supplies from Merchant & Mills (U.K.), and sartorial fixtures from Sajou (Paris again, of course). Metcalf also carries patterns and prints from North American standouts like Grayline (Chicago), Closet Case (Canada), and Atlanta local Ruby Star Society, to name just a few.
Aside from its top-flight merch, Topstitch offers beginner to advanced sewing classes, open sewing sessions, craft nights, and trunk shows with independent crafters. In a tip of the hat to the lounge love in Atlanta, there are movie nights here, too. In short, for Metcalf, it’s as much about building a creative community as it is about procuring fine fabrics.
Topstitch also has a robust online presence (including an e-commerce platform) if you can’t make it in for a browse or sewing class. Subscription-based memberships such as the recently established Sewcial Club provide premier access to patterns for a single annual payment of $15.
For more information, visit Topstitch Studio & Lounge.