Last weekend was a weekend of firsts for me. Before then, I have never traveled across the country for a sewing event. I have also never been to the New York City garment district nor explored the NYC neighborhoods. This all changed when I attended PatternReview Weekend in NYC.
It was exciting! It was draining! I am still recovering from that weekend.
Truth be told, I skipped out of some of the PRW programmed activities to carve out more time for personal shopping and to explore the neighborhoods. And I did not regret it one bit. I certainly did my bit to help jump-start the U.S. economy.
However, I did value the opportunity to meet fellow sewists from all over the country/world. It was amazing to meet women from all walks of life and to have an instant bond with them over fabric and garment construction. I enjoyed meeting you Petra, Katy, Catherine, Laurie Lou, Elnora, Andrea and Rachelle (and anyone else I may have missed). Had a wonderful time getting to know you/seeing your work/ learning new sewing tricks.
I also was pleased to have achieved my other objective: to gain familiarity with and confidence in shopping the NYC garment district on my own!
Below is a recap of my weekend spoils. Warning: the rest of this post is picture heavy.
Friday was the “official shopping day”. I first visited Mood Fabrics (made famous by the TV show “Project Runway”).
Mood is huge! Lots of eye candy and lux fabrics to behold. Here is part of the silk area:
Last summer, I was at the Mood Los Angeles store where I made my most expensive fabric purchase EVER (a stunning black & blue silk/cashmere brocade). I knew I had to restrain myself if I wanted to have any money left over to enjoy the rest of the weekend. I walked out with this luscious grey snake-skin printed silk charmeuse and a cool Mood fabric bag.
I then walked to Metro Textiles and met Kashi, the friendliest fabric shop owner ever. Metro was crammed with fabric from floor to ceiling and it was a treasure hunt to sort through all the bolts. The prices at Metro were very reasonable so all restraint went out the window. I picked up 5 pieces of fabric. Luckily, Kashi can ship the fabric home so I didn’t have to carry 15 lbs of fabric with me.
Here are my Metro fabric scores: black & white cotton sateen, dark pink & black silky poly print, violet animal print knit, black & white geometric floral knit and a brown & white swirly print knit. I was hoping to make a maxi dress and a few tops with the knits.
Then I visited Pacific Trimming. Wow! It is now my favorite NY trimmings store ever! This is the place to pick up your standard trimmings at a reasonable price.
I picked up black trims and chains for a future french jacket project. I also stocked up on all kinds of cool bag making hardware.
After all this, I was completely exhausted. I was going on only 2 hours of sleep the night before. After resting a bit, I made a quick stop in Spandex House. The amount of glitzy spandex in that place was dizzying.
My only purchase at Spandex House: black and white tricot.
To be continued…..