In the Brisbane CBD there is a fabric store that stood the test of time. Established in the 1930s, Gardams Fabrics had been trading for a long time. From memory, they had a larger store in another location, and for a little while they moved to a different suburb, but they are still here in the city in a small store.
288 Edward St, Brisbane QLD 4000(Edit Sept 2016: they moved to 65 Adelaide St, Brisbane 4000)
- Website: http://www.gardams.com.au/
And I did say small. It is not a big store, but it is at a convenient location if you are in the city or stay around that area. They stock mostly silks, cottons and evening fabrics.
(Addit: As usual, I am just sharing my experience and love of fabric shops here. No advertising!)
I would go to Gardams for: convenience (if one is in the CBD), great customer service, a personal touch, and a somewhat limited range of higher quality fabrics.