Wendy of W 38th organized a sewing meetup to shop in the garment district yesterday after work. We visited Spandex House, Pacific Trimming, and Paron’s. While I’m not officially on a fabric diet, I have a lot of fabric for a newbie sewist and I feel like I should work with what I have before going all crazy in the fabric department. Plus, I want to shop with a plan in the future. Meaning, have swatches and patterns with me when I go shopping so I won’t buy crazy plastic dot fabric again.
I had already been to Spandex House before with Trena and Cidell. Boy, there is a lot of neon in that house of spandex. They have great supplies for bra and panty making. I found a fabric scrap that I liked for a bathing suit, but they didn’t have the bolt anymore. I was thinking of making my own bathing suits as they are ridiculously expensive. I don’t understand why they have to be so expensive. I bet swim suits are a cash cow for clothing manufacturers since there is so little fabric to the cost; the mark up must be astronomical. Anyway, nothing jumped out at me so I held firm and didn’t buy anything there.
Next on the tour was Pacific Trimming, which I visited with Karen. That’s where I bought the coconut buttons. I drooled over the ribbons and buttons, but again did not buy anything as I did not plan ahead and bring anything with me to match colors. Incidentally, Wendy mentioned that she had a great color memory and rarely brings swatches with her because it’s so reliable. I definitely did not get that gene, but I have pretty good relative pitch. But that doesn’t do much for my sewing. I could, however, hum the note my Viking sings when winding a bobbin for you if you ever ask.
I have not been to Paron’s before however and they have a whole room devoted to 50% bolts and remainders. Wow! There was a lot of fabric at great prices there. I walked out with one of the same pieces as Mica, a black lt wt t-shirting with a kind of floral design within the fabric. Not quite a jacquard. As you can see below, the floral pattern looks white, but it’s actually see through. I just put a white bag behind it so you could see the pattern. Maybe Mica can describe it better than my feeble attempt.
In other sewing news, I bought a stash of buttons off Etsy (still mourning the loss of my Grandma’s button collection), some cute indian head buttons (so cute!!!) for a shirt for Jack, reddish linen from P&S fabrics, and probably more worth mentioning but not foremost in my mind right now. Here are some pics…
And my next project will probably use this black and white fan print knit. I am thinking a DVF style wrap dress. What do you think? I am going to consult with Karen on which pattern tonight and start tracing the pattern. 🙂
On Monday, Thea and I will return to the pant sloper and tweak the pattern into capris.