New York City Weekend – Fabric & Shopping Part 2

This is a continuation of my last post on my recent NYC weekend adventure. On Saturday, I attended a Kenneth King talk hosted by PatternReview Weekend. Kenneth was very entertaining; I could spend hours listening to him speak. Here is a picture of him and the clown hair jacket he constructed (sorry about the poor cell phone picture).

Kenneth King and Clown Hair Jacket

He was going though a ‘hair’ phase and was doing lots of garments using hair. Pieces of clown hair were meticulously woven to create this jacket. He also wove more natural colored hair pieces to ‘tone’ it down a bit just so it would not be so carnival! I’m not sure what look he was going for but it takes a special person to carry a statement jacket like this.

After Kenneth’s talk, there was a pattern swap. I brought some patterns to swap but ended up with a net gain. It was just too tempting; I snagged some cool indie and vintage patterns.

Pattern Swap Haul

In the afternoon, I slid out of the seminars to squeeze more critical shopping time in. I was also eager to explore the neighborhoods.

I walked from the hotel to M&J Trimming in the garment district. M&J Trimming is the place to go for that extra special button or trim.

M&J Trimming, NYC

Temptations abounded for me but the trims at M&J were pricier than at Pacific. I did pick up some trinkets though: ornate buttons of all sizes and a sturdy punch tool.

M&J Trimming Goodies

From M&J Trimming, I wandered on 6th Ave toward 42nd street. I stopped by Bryant Park on the corner of 6th Ave and 40th Street to sit and rest. Out of the corner of my eye, I spied Kinokuniya, a Japanese bookstore. I had to check out this store because there are no Kinokuniya stores where I live in the midwest.

Kinokuniya Japanese Bookstore, NYC

At Kinokuniya, I shamelessly added to my embryonic library of Japanese books (thanks to TJ!). I love the Japanese pattern book for men’s coats (and Mr. dashing did too; he gave the seal of approval to make a few of the styles)!

Kinokuniya goodies

The next day, I took a cab to Mendel Goldberg fabrics in lower east side NY. I had heard that Mendels was a great source for high-end boucles. I wanted to get something nice for a ‘Chanel’ style jacket. Unfortunately, Mendels was closed. I wandered down the block and noticed across from Mendels was BabyCakes bakery. What a happy surprise!

BabyCakes bakery, Lower East Side NYC

BabyCakes is a bakery that offers vegan, organic, gluten/wheat/soy/casein-free desserts. Full disclosure: I am not 100% vegan but I love dining at vegan restaurants because I suffer from various food intolerances. I was in heaven! I have all the BabyCakes cookbooks but I can’t seem to properly duplicate the magic they create in their cupcakes and desserts.

BabyCakes Covers the Classics Cookbook

I treated myself to a chocolate brownie cupcake with vanilla frosting and was on a sugar high for the rest of the day (good thing too because I ended up getting lost and wandering around for at least 20 blocks).

About 1/2 block from BabyCakes bakery was Moos shoes, a vegan shoe store.

Moo Shoes, 78 Orchard St. Lower East Side NYC

Was not particularly looking for shoes but when I spotted this little cutie in the shoebox, I was completely charmed by him and had to stop in the shop and look around.

Kitty in a shoebox at Moo Shoes, NYC

Apparently, the kitty is fond of boxes and the store employees have to chase him out of the boxes when packing things to ship.

I didn’t walk out of the store empty-handed. Check out these adorable cork wedges and the cute shoebox tote. The wedges are incredibly comfortable!

Moo Shoes Buys: Cork Wedges and Shoebox Tote

I ended my NYC shopping spree by walking to Purl Soho, a knitting and fabric store on Broome street. Walking past the SoHo boutiques was energizing! I wished I had a few extra days to explore the area. Purl Soho is a knitter’s paradise with posh yarns in every conceivable color. Purl also has a nice selection of Liberty fabrics.

Purl Soho, NYC

I fell in love with this crazy/colorful Liberty print and had to have it. I also picked up a blue Liberty print to match the trim Kirsty sent me in the swap (was going by memory but wished I brought the trim with me for a better match). The Liberty fabrics will be sublime sundresses. I tossed in a few matching notions for good measure.

Purl Soho goodies: Liberty fabrics, yarn & notions!

Of course, I had to pick up some lux yarn at Purl. I have always knitted with the cheap stuff and wanted to see if the knitting experience was more pleasurable with the really good stuff. The yarn was Anzula hand-dyed, boysenberry colored Merino/cashmere blend. Purl Soho will also wind your skeins into these cute little balls if you want.

At this point, I was exhausted and out of funds. The Liberty fabrics had put me over the top. It was an awesome weekend and hopefully I can make it back to NYC someday.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit New York City, here is a great guide to the garment district. I also recommend checking out Purl Soho and the SoHo shopping area.  Don’t forget to bring an extra suitcase!

About Javie

I am a scientist by training but an artist at heart. Currently going to grad school for more 'practical' training. I love to sew, cook and craft so this is my journal of my more artistic experiments.
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14 Responses to New York City Weekend – Fabric & Shopping Part 2

  1. Oh wow Javie. More? Wonderful. Don’t worry there really is no pressure to make stuff with your loot. Fabric, notions and yarn can be like fine wines. We put them carefully away, every now and again check they are OK, turn them over and then sometimes, just sometimes they are taken out into the light. :o)

  2. velosewer says:

    Hi Javie. I’m the same. I buy the fabric with some idea of what I’ll use it for and then it sits there waiting for the right moment. But that moment does arrive. Those patterns you swapped for are great.

  3. Dixie says:

    Sounds like you covered the garment district very well! I admire your self-control in fabric shopping. I’m afraid I would have come away with much more!

  4. Jeyco says:

    What a wonderful trip! I’m so jealous but your trip reminds me lots of things in NYC. My friends, parties, strange/nice shops, foods, weird people and many more! I took two-year of a too long life vacation there years ago:P So, some of your shots are familiar to me, especially Kinokuniya of course! Both of Liberty fabrics are awesome! I’m looking forward to seeing how you take that trim in Liberty garment:)

    • Javie says:

      Thanks Jeyco! Two years in NYC?! You probably know more about the city than I do! I’m still trying to figure out what to make with the trim but at least I have fabric that matches.

  5. Kirsty S says:

    What a fabulous time it sounds like you had at the PR weekend plus extras, I can see why you ended up in the shoe store – those cork wedges are great. I bought the same men’s overcoats book last year and the advent of cold weather here has got me thinking I need to get started on a muslin. Have you seen Mainely Dad’s japanese coat sewalong? http://mainelydadswintercoat.blogspot.com.au/

    • Javie says:

      Thanks Kirsty! I haven’t seen the japanese men’s coat sewalong but thanks for the link! Look forward to seeing your coat too (no hurry though).

  6. Pattern harvest bonanza-ahh Kinokuniya *sigh* I love that Japanese men’s book too but all their sizing is way to small for Carl (good hearty Western Australia stock + he’s athletic so his shoulders are unfittable in their sizing XD). And you got the latest Mrs. Stylebook-do a review please!

    • Javie says:

      Great harvest isn’t it! Good point on the sizing on the coat book, I haven’t explored this yet but figured that I might have to use the largest size. Will do on the Mrs Stylebook, might be a bit later since I’m traveling at the moment & don’t have it with me. I have years worth of projects now!

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