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Oops I did it again

2013 April 9
by elizabeth_admin

Honest, Officer, I have no idea how that fabric got into my suitcase!  It must be a Festivus miracle.

Along with wearing out my feet yesterday running around the Garment District again, my wallet had a work out as well.  There were just too many glorious fabric offerings to pass up.  I don’t have this level of quality or bounteous selection back in San Diego.  Oh, you don’t have raspberry colored china silk?  Well, I’ll just walk next door and see if they do.  Oh, you charge $18/yd for china silk?  Well, I’ll just go across the street and buy it for $9/yd.  Nope, you don’t have that in San Diego.  I don’t think they have china silk at all.

What a morning I had.  It was wondrous.  I checked out Botani to see if they had the purse frames I was looking for to use in my next project.  I texted Shop the Garment District for a store recommendation for children’s knits and then visited NY Elegant Fabrics on her suggestion.  Of course I visited Kashi at Metro Textile.  I walked out with a few things from there.  By the way, he misses you all and invites you in to see all the awesome new fabrics he has.

Silk/cotton woven.  Wonderful hand.

Silk/cotton woven. Wonderful hand.


Silk swiss dottish in navy blue.  Absolutely gorgeous drape.

Silk swiss dottish in navy blue. Absolutely gorgeous drape.


Cotton diagonal seersucker shirting.  Psychedelic.

Cotton diagonal seersucker shirting. Psychedelic.


Prussian blue polka dot cotton knit for the PJ project commission

Prussian blue polka dot cotton knit for the PJ project commission


I couldn’t leave NYC without visiting my friends at Elliott Berman, now could I?  They had some gorgeous stuff in from Italy.  And the holy grail of knits which is very hard to source, some linen knits from Australia (I think).  And I believe they have a huge sale going on now.  So do stop in or check them out online.  I couldn’t walk out without buying this luscious knit.  I think it will be a lovely summer scarf…

Cotton knit

Cotton knit


And on Claudine’s suggestion, I searched for some china silk to line my emerald green silk charmeuse Gatsby dress.  As I was looking at the selection in various stores, I couldn’t find the right green.  Black was too… well, black.  Nude was too meh.  So what did I choose? A raspberry china silk.  Yes, I think that will do nicely.  A little splash of color on the interior.  Yes!  I found my raspberry china silk at Chic Fabrics.  They have a great selection of china silk there at reasonable prices.


Raspberry colored china silk lining for the emerald green silk Gatsby dress


And look who I met up with for a bite to eat?  Peter!



We had a great chat.  Isn’t funny how sewists never have a lack for conversation?  We could just go on and on about fabric and sewing.  That’s us right outside of Kashi’s building.  I went back for the polka dot knit and ended up walking out with the navy silk and crazy seersucker too.  Kashi is very persuasive.

Ok, I think I did enough damage in the Garment District yesterday.  I’m going to go soak my feet and check my bank balance.

Happy fabric shopping!

8 Responses leave one →
  1. SusieR permalink
    April 9, 2013

    Happy Elizabeth!
    That cotton diagonal seersucker is to DIE for. And I adore the teal and white knit.
    Can’t wait to see the magic you work with these beauties!
    Safe travels home, my friend. xoxos

  2. April 9, 2013

    Wow, you bought some great fabrics!
    Funnily, I just posted something on blog with the same title and a somewhat similar story… So yes, I think all of us who sew are obsessed with fabric.

  3. April 9, 2013

    Awesome to see you and Peter together. What fun!

  4. Pat permalink
    April 9, 2013

    Hi I follow your blog, but don’t have one of my own. FYI Patsy Aiken has wonderful fabrics for kids. I live in Raleigh and we have an outlet here, but you can order on line. It is very high quality knits and wovens. Hope this helps.

    I miss NYC and the garment district guess it is about time for a treat for myself !!!

  5. sharon permalink
    April 9, 2013

    I am so jealous. Those fabrics are gorgeous.

  6. Rebecca permalink
    April 9, 2013

    Linen knits are absolutely fantastic to wear in our hot humid summers (Sydney Australia) but I would recommend making them up in something fairly loose fitting as they do not have very much recovery. I have worn them in loose t shirts and summer sweaters, as well as loose fitting dresses. Good luck

  7. April 9, 2013

    Glad you had a marvelous shopping trip!

  8. April 14, 2013

    Sounds like a great trip — so envious, as it has been a while since I’ve been to NY! Love the raspberry china silk with emerald green. Have fun!

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