Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fabric Finds From New York City

The first full day I was in NYC, I hit the fabric shops. In the garment district, there is an entire city block (both sides of the street) of fabric and sewing shops. So much to see and buy! There were also a few others scattered around the city that I had read about and made sure to stop by.

My favorite fabric and sewing stores I visited in New York were: Mood FabricsDiana FabricsThe City Quilter and Tender Buttons.

I was pleasantly surprised by the prices of the fabrics (or at least the fabrics I was interested in). The most I paid for anything was $12/m, and many of the shop workers were willing to negotiate. I wish it was that way in more Canadian fabric stores. Here is what I found:

Coral-patterned silk with coordinating silk lining. I was hoping to whip this into a dress to wear to my friend's wedding but that has since passed.

Teal and coral floral rayon, likely to be sewn into a top.

Ivory coloured floral lace to play and experiment with.

Large geometric print cotton for a dress or top, or maybe both!

Brown leather remnant for a wristlet and orange leather for a new purse.

I started planning my newest quilt project at the City Quilter and this is what I have so far. I'll have to add another fabric or two to make it a tad more balanced.

I bought more fabric that I thought I would. I'm getting better at not buying fabric unless I have a specific project in the works. But one thing I was hoping to find in NYC was cute and happy sewing notions (e.g. clipper scissors, unique rulers, pins, etc.) but all I found was a needle case!

Handmade marbled Fimo needle case by Off the Grid Designs


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