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NYC Sewing Meetup and Stash Confessional

2009 July 17
by elizabeth_admin

Wendy of W 38th organized a sewing meetup to shop in the garment district yesterday after work.  We visited Spandex House, Pacific Trimming, and Paron’s.  While I’m not officially on a fabric diet, I have a lot of fabric for a newbie sewist and I feel like I should work with what I have before going all crazy in the fabric department.  Plus, I want to shop with a plan in the future.  Meaning, have swatches and patterns with me when I go shopping so I won’t buy crazy plastic dot fabric again. 

I had already been to Spandex House before with Trena and Cidell.  Boy, there is a lot of neon in that house of spandex.  They have great supplies for bra and panty making.  I found a fabric scrap that I liked for a bathing suit, but they didn’t have the bolt anymore.   I was thinking of making my own bathing suits as they are ridiculously expensive.  I don’t understand why they have to be so expensive.  I bet swim suits are a cash cow for clothing manufacturers since there is so little fabric to the cost; the mark up must be astronomical.  Anyway,  nothing jumped out at me so I held firm and didn’t buy anything there.

Next on the tour was Pacific Trimming, which I visited with Karen.  That’s where I bought the coconut buttons.  I drooled over the ribbons and buttons, but again did not buy anything as I did not plan ahead and bring anything with me to match colors.  Incidentally, Wendy mentioned that she had a great color memory and rarely brings swatches with her because it’s so reliable.  I definitely did not get that gene, but I have pretty good relative pitch.  But that doesn’t do much for my sewing.  I could, however, hum the note my Viking sings when winding a bobbin for you if you ever ask.

I have not been to Paron’s before however and they have a whole room devoted to 50% bolts and remainders.  Wow!  There was a lot of fabric at great prices there.  I walked out with one of the same pieces as Mica, a black lt wt t-shirting with a kind of floral design within the fabric.  Not quite a jacquard.  As you can see below, the floral pattern looks white, but it’s actually see through.  I just put a white bag behind it so you could see the pattern.  Maybe Mica can describe it better than my feeble attempt. 

black "floral" t-shirting

black "floral" t-shirting

In other sewing news, I bought a stash of buttons off Etsy (still mourning the loss of my Grandma’s button collection), some cute indian head buttons (so cute!!!)  for a shirt for Jack, reddish linen from P&S fabrics, and probably more worth mentioning but not foremost in my mind right now.  Here are some pics…

bag o buttons

brown & floral border print for a skirt

brown & floral border print for a skirt

Batik/tie die style cotton (navy and white)

Batik/tie die style cotton (navy and white)

 

Indian buttons for a shirt for Jack

Indian buttons for a shirt for Jack

 

pink and taupe t-shirt knit for me and my mom

pink and taupe t-shirt knit for me and my mom

turquoise and brown knit

turquoise and brown knit

 

red linen from P&S fabrics

red linen from P&S fabrics

Coconut buttons

Coconut buttons

 

And my next project will probably use this black and white fan print knit.  I am thinking a DVF style wrap dress.  What do you think?  I am going to consult with Karen on which pattern tonight and start tracing the pattern.  🙂

fan knit

 

On Monday, Thea and I will return to the pant sloper and tweak the pattern into capris. 

Happy sewing!

2 Responses leave one →
  1. July 17, 2009

    WOW you got some great fabrics!

  2. July 23, 2009

    You got some great pieces!!! I love the brown border print…almost made me want to stop by Parons…nah…I’ll live through you vicariously! *LOL*

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