Veni, vidi, vici!
What a day! We definitely came, saw and conquered the NYC Garment District. We were armed with our wallets and Lindsay T’s map of the Garment District stores. Major credit card damage was done. About 20 hard-core fabric shoppers descended like locusts on Elliott Berman and Metro Textiles. I am pretty sure that Matthew and Kashi were pleased with the day’s sales. I’m not going to name any names, but I know for a fact that someone went a little crazy with knits buying yesterday.
As promised, Elliott Berman had loads of new fabrics from Valentino, Missoni, Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel. The selection was dizzying. I didn’t know where to look first.
I had a short list of must have fabric for this Fall’s sewing plan: I was on the hunt for burnt orange wool flannel for a super cute Fall skirt (pattern undecided, but I am sure pleats are in order or maybe one box pleat). I also knew I wanted some silk. I really enjoyed sewing up my orange chrysanthemum dress this summer so some silks were definitely on the list. Unfortunately, Matthew didn’t have any burnt orange wool flannel, but he did have some yummy heathered plum. The silks were divine here and I scored a beautiful floral. I also found an unusual suiting that would make a lovely sheath dress.
And Kashi at Metro Textiles did not disappoint either. We had a grand old time there. There was a party in our pocketbook. Here are some shots of the
piranhas I mean shoppers at Metro.
We also had a surprise visit from Deepika of PatternReview too! The only picture I got of her was blurry though, unfortunately. Her poor little girl was so overwhelmed by all of us though, she had a nervous breakdown from all the stranger anxiety. Poor thing!
I bought some gorgeous silks, a purple jersey knit and a nubby cotton rayon woven. I am really getting into silks, I’m telling you. The first one here is a little bit out of character for me with the acid yellow petals. I usually don’t wear yellow at all, but I was just taken over with lust for this print. I couldn’t help myself. Really! The second silk is a silk twill with a suBtle print. This is destined to be a sheath dress as well. Can you tell I love dresses? Oh yeah, the cotton rayon will probably end up as a dress too. The knit has no destiny yet, but don’t worry, it’s my favorite color so it will definitely get used.
After Metro, we were all feeling a bit peckish so we had a bite to eat at a diner nearby. After the impromptu lunch, I wanted to go to Mood to use the Groupon I had purchased there a few months ago. To be honest, I don’t usually buy anything at Mood, but today, I found quite a few things to whet my already large fabric appetite. I discovered the Mood remnant bin downstairs and finally found a burnt orange fabric; it was a corduroy, not a wool flannel, but it was the perfect shade and a cotton/cashmere blend. Who knew that cashmere corduroy even existed?!?! I also found a winter white large wale corduroy. I found a gorgeous knit in my fave colors (purple, duh!) and a great floral corduroy that would look cute as a winter jumper for my poor niece Chloe’s very late bday present. The only bad news? I completely forgot to use my groupon when I checked out at the register. 🙁
Now to the pretties…
We snuck in some knit shopping at Spandex House as well. The person who shall remain nameless bought up the entire collection of ITY knits they had. I couldn’t resist this knit.
There is a bonus fabric as well. Karen brought me a cut of a fabulous knit to thank me for sending her my cut of pink plaid for a recent fabric emergency. Thanks Karen! I love it!
Claudine suggested we check out the current FIT exhibit next. So we hoofed it down there after some much needed coffee. It was the private designer collection of a London socialite, Daphne Guinness. There was a ton of Alexander McQueen’s clothing. She loved him apparently. You should definitely check it out if you get the chance. Some of the clothes were pretty out there and I had difficulty imagining that anyone actually wore them outside of a runway show. Very cool though.
And thus ended our day of fabric-ulosity. It was so great to meet new sewing obsessed people and see old friends. I wish we could have all chatted a little bit more. Robin was a great co-host and it was so fun that she came all the way from my hometown of Chicago for the day. Fun times were had by all and we definitely did our part to help local economy. 😉
I hope you can join us next year! Because there will be a next year.
PS: Did you notice that I actually bought some solids yesterday????? After shamelessly admitting that I am a print girl, I totally went against grain and bought some solids. What’s this world coming to I ask you?