Happily, fabric shopping was also combined with meeting with a group of 7 talented sewing, blogging ladies. I met Sonja, Liz, Mika, Cindy, Janice, Marina and Kelli - I'm sure many of you will be familiar with their blogs but if not, do check them out! Like me, Liz was on holiday in NYC (from Australia) but the rest of the ladies live locally. And most of us were wearing self-made clothing, so there was much examining of each others' outfits - of course.
Fabric at Chic Fabrics
Entering the hallowed ground of Mood
Fantastic zip selection and very reasonably priced - 50 cents for the short and $1 for the long
This is only A PART of the buttons, probably about half
Kelli perusing the selection
After Mood, it was time for a drink and comparison of our purchases:
Before the meet up I had been preparing myself to get overwhelmed by the experience of the Garment District, and I kind of was! The only thing I can compare it to is when I went shopping in Goldhawk Road in London last year and went from shop to shop - I bought a few pieces of fabric but they were slightly weird choices due to my being a little dazed by the choice.
Liz in front of Spandex World
So, want to see what I bought.....?
1. Textured bright red corduroy (it photographs really badly) for a one-seam skirt with a beautifully drape-y US-made rayon, destined to be a blouse (maybe an Alma?).
2. Lightweight paisley print cotton. Maybe for a lined dress if I can stretch it!
1. Flannel-like fabric in teeny blue and black houndstooth - to be a casual winter dress
2. Red Ikat printed linen - I didn't buy it during the meet up but went back for it because I couldn't resist. Sonja also bought some, and Kelli has already made a blazer out of hers, in the black colourway
Selection of bias (they only stuff I ever find at home is hideous and scratchy) plus piping and cute mini rick rack. I also bought some blanket binding to make more blankets like this one. Perfect for the job and much cheaper! I wish we had such a great choice of binding like this, I'm definitely going to look out for it online in the future.
I was pretty impressed that my fabric choices are all around a similar colour palette, which makes me feel like I did good shopping.
If you like sewing and go to New York, you HAVE TO go to the Garment District. I'm pretty sure there's nowhere else like it in the world. If you do go, go with a few ideas in mind and prepare to be overwhelmed. But I promise you won't regret the trip. The only problem is, my local fabric shopping is going to feel a little flat now :)
Thank you to Sonja for organising the meet up and it was lovely to meet you all, ladies.
A couple of days after the meet up I was in H&M with my Current Husband, as he was getting a few things. I was half-heartedly perusing the disappointing selection when I spotted....could it be......a lady wearing a Sorbetto? I looked harder....it definitely was....a pretty one with floral bias trim...very nice. Only after thoroughly looking at the top did I look at the Sorbetto wearer's face - it was Liz! What does that say about me, I wonder?! Definitely the sign of a dedicated seamstress.
I'm going to post a few more holiday photos soon, along with a little giveaway - watch this space!