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The Garment District Debauchery Aftermath

2014 February 9
by elizabeth_admin

Well folks, I survived, but my feet didn’t.  They are still tender from walking the Garment District in boots meant for torture purposes only.

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Man, was it a great day.  We had so much fun.  Some friends were missed dearly but couldn’t make it for various health, scheduling reasons.  But I think we got over our grief pretty quickly by buying fabric.  I, of course, foolishly declared that I wasn’t going to buy anything, but was proven wrong and delusional right away at our first stop, Paron’s.  But first, the debauchers….

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Kat, Claudine, Sarita, Elizabeth and Peter

We met up at a coffee place near Paron’s to fuel up for the day and then bravely went shopping.  Paron’s was waiting for us like a neatly wrapped package.  We were greeted by a 40% off sign in the window.  This sale is for the month of February only and applies to all regularly priced fabrics.  So be sure to visit Paron’s if you’re in the area to get some amazing fabric at almost half off.  Pretty amazing.  I picked up a sweet flocked stretch denim ($9/yd after the 40% off) there.  Could this mean that I finally dip my toe into the waters of jeans making?

Then we visited Daytona Trimming where I bought some bias tape for my niece which she needs for a skirt project for her doll.

The next stop was Chic Fabrics where they only had one employee working so we had to wait quite a while to get our fabric cut while another customer hogged the owner.  He finally had to call his brother to come into the store.  I bought some silk organza.  Claudine said that they have the best price on silk organza in the district ($10/yd).  They had gorgeous colors and cross weaves, as well as a stunning ombre, but I just bought a plain cream color.  Two yards thank you.

Then we were off to Pacific trimming where I bought some floral trim for Katie’s doll dress project.

And last but not least, we went to Mood Fabrics.  I found the ever so elusive chocolate brown ponte knit ($12/yd) for which I’ve been searching forever.

Silk organza from Chic Fabrics (L), Flocked stretch denim from Paron's (M), and Chocolate brown ponte knit from Mood Fabrics (R)

Silk organza from Chic Fabrics (L), Flocked stretch denim from Paron’s (M), and Chocolate brown ponte knit from Mood Fabrics (R)

By this time, I was certain my feet needed to be amputated, but made it to Peter’s restaurant recommendation, Market Cafe on 9th Avenue. I heartily endorse this restaurant — the food is great at a nice price point and they serve the best spicy Bloody Mary I’ve ever had.  We talked about…  sewing of course.  Kat has been sewing since she was a teenager and drafts her clothes now.  She was wearing a very cool knit jacket.  We all oohed and aahed over it.

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Sarita is relatively new to sewing.  She’d just had her colors done and showed us her color swatches.  Very cool!

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Claudine was wearing her latest make, totally gorgeous and TDF.

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Peter was wearing his fabulous new coat.  Loved it!

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After lunch, Kat and Sarita went off to finish off their days’ schedules, and Claudine, Peter and I went in search of more coffee.  We had a nice long chat.  So long in fact, that I wasn’t able to see the FIT exhibits as I had to head back downtown at that point.  I believe Claudine and Peter decided to venture on.  You’ll have to wait to hear from them how good the exhibits were.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to tend to my poor feet.  I will have more on Katie’s current sewing projects soon!

Happy stashing everyone!

 

13 Responses leave one →
  1. February 9, 2014

    Oh, this looks like SUCH FUN! Excellent photos. And I love your denim. LOVE. BTW, I can get silk organza in my garment district for 10 bucks a yard routinely. Interesting. Mind you, wool jersey for a reasonable price is like finding a unicorn.

  2. February 9, 2014

    Glad you had a great time and didn’t do too much damage to your credit card! Loved the reflection in the mirror of the last pic.

  3. February 9, 2014

    You couldn’t go all the way to NYC and not buy anything! That would have just been silly! Glad you had a fun day.

  4. February 9, 2014

    LIKE! but so jealous…..

  5. February 9, 2014

    It sounds like you had a great time. Sorry I couldn’t be there. Hopefully next time.

  6. February 9, 2014

    Awesome! Looks like so much fun! And hooray for finally finding the brown ponte you needed.

  7. February 9, 2014

    this looks like such fun! and I really love the flocked denim. lovely!

  8. February 10, 2014

    What a day and I have to say you were very restrained with three purchases (of fabric anyway). Even though you vowed to buy nothing….

    The brown ponte is lovely – is it a wool blend?

  9. February 10, 2014

    and now i see (AGAIN) the advantages of preparing ahead of time….i’m so sorry i missed you! third time’s a charm?

    that denim is calling my name. (no oona, BAD oona, go work on your next project)

  10. February 10, 2014

    It’s so great when you find the fabric you wanted in the colour you’d imagined. Sounds like a lovely day out!

  11. February 11, 2014

    I’m sorry I missed it!!

    You can totally make jeans! No fear! Try Jennifer Stern’s jeans class on PR. She helps you fit your muslin and then has the videos to sew them up. She’s great!

    Hope your feet are feeling better!

  12. February 13, 2014

    p.s. about the jeans….buy some jeans topstitching thread and then practice stitching it onto your denim. I think when you see how good that looks, it will get you super excited to sew them!

  13. February 13, 2014

    what a great post – what a great time you had! thanks so much for posting and see you next time.

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