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Veni, vidi, vici!

2011 September 18
by elizabeth_admin

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.

Elliott Berman fabric extravaganza

Blissed out sewists


Happy shoppers (although one of them is not a morning person)



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.

Wool flannel - Elliott Berman


Floral silk charmeuse - Elliott Berman

Wool suiting with floral pinstripe - Elliott Berman


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.

Shopping frenzy at Kashi's Metro Textiles

More frenzy


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.

Floral silk charmeuse - Metro Textile

silk twill print - Metro Textile

solid jersey knit - Metro Textiles

Cotton Rayon woven - Metro Textiles


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…

cashmere corduroy - Mood Fabric

large wale corduroy - Mood Fabric

knit - Mood Fabric

floral corduroy - Mood Fabric


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.

ITY knit - Spandex House


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?


24 Responses leave one →
  1. September 18, 2011

    Elizabeth, I had so much fun yesterday. Thank you so much for doing this. I meet some great women. Its good to see others obsessed with fabric. Cant wait till next year. Maybe one sooner :).

  2. Elaray permalink
    September 18, 2011

    I’m sorry sorry I had to miss this. While my fabric friends were shopping, I was sneezing (allergies) through a training on documentation and session notes! That black and yellow silk is BEAUTIFUL!

  3. September 18, 2011

    You got some great pieces…and just as I thought Elliot Berman looks like it was AMAZING! See that would have been too much for me. I wouldn’t have made it home without something or several somethings…*sigh* I have NO fabric willpower!

    Glad you had a great time!

  4. September 18, 2011

    I love the silk floral print you got @ Elliot Berman – I was thisclose to picking it up, but I was coming off a silk buying frenzy at Metro so I restrained myself. Did buy a beautiful lace-print knit @ EB.

    Lovely to see you and all the wonderful ladies yesterday (and to meet new faces), and thanks for organizing! A lady asked if we could do this in the spring for summer sewing…. perhaps we should!

  5. Shams permalink
    September 18, 2011

    Thanks for the info! Those of us too far to attend are happy to hear about it! 😀

  6. Shams permalink
    September 18, 2011

    Oh, and Carolyn, I was sad and surprised to hear you couldn’t make it!

  7. September 18, 2011

    it was a great day, elizabeth! well done and thanks for organizing!

  8. September 18, 2011

    So jealous!! :))

  9. September 18, 2011

    beautiful fabrics!!
    what a fun time you all had.

  10. September 18, 2011

    I can’t imagine 20 shoppers fitting in Metro at the same time! Sounds like you all had a wonderful time and you certainly got some great fabrics, I have an urge to go shopping now!

  11. September 18, 2011

    Thank you Elizabeth and Robin! That was such a fun day and I’m so glad I went. I blogged about it. 🙂
    And that wool with the floral pinstripe is awesome!!!

  12. September 19, 2011

    Heavens! I’m coming next year! 😉 You scored some beauties – I *love* the cashmere corduroy in particular. Can’t wait to see what comes of that! Also currently experiencing much jealousy over knits – I find it so hard to track down lovely knits, and yet they’re my favourite thing to wear. So yeah, maybe I *am* coming next year…

  13. September 19, 2011

    I’m coming next year. I AM.
    And I am truly coveting that burnt orange corduroy… the color is amazing!

  14. September 19, 2011

    Missoni!! Had I known, I would have asked someone to grab me some! I’m still pouting that I couldn’t come along! Glad you had such a great turnout. Next time, I’m coming along- it’s been way too long since I’ve been to Kashi’s…

  15. Johanna permalink
    September 19, 2011

    Thanks for organizing, Elizabeth (and Robin)! It was great to see familiar faces and to meet some new friends as well. Maybe next time we can arrange an optional meet up again afterwards? I love seeing everyone else’s finds (and creations — I was contemplating a fabric at Metro that Karen had made into a blouse and was actually wearing!).

    Can’t wait to see what you make with the orange corduroy, it’s gorgeous!

  16. Lindsay T permalink
    September 19, 2011

    Looks like you guys had a fabulous time! I need to get over to EBT to check out that Missoni. See, this is the bad part of working in the Garment District: It would be so fun to spend a day with you all but it’s kinda like coming to work on the weekends.

  17. September 19, 2011

    Thanks for organizing the event. It was a lot of fun and I’ve never been to Elliot Berman before. It was good to meet you in person!

    The FIT exhibit sounds awesome. I’ll have to check it out at some point. I love Daphne Guinness’s style.

  18. September 19, 2011

    Looks like so much fun! I think visiting NY Garment district (especially Spandex House) is on my bucket list now. I know I am in the solids camp, but I LOVE that gift print you got. Pretty! Can’t wait to see your fall sewing projects.

  19. Husband of the "one" we shall keep nameless!! permalink
    September 20, 2011

    I can tell from the one pic @Kashi’s she has that “crazed” look in her eyes and is about to do some serious damage. Glad everyone had a great time, I can’t wait for the UPS guy to show up, I am sure he will need help with the boxes!!

  20. September 20, 2011

    Oh man, I am so jealous. I was at a family reunion (not even my family!) in PA and there was no fabric shopping involved (I checked a map to see if it was near Fabric Mart; nope). Can’t wait to see you soon!

  21. September 22, 2011

    Lucky girls!

  22. September 30, 2011

    What fun!!! I hope to next year.

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