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.
black "floral" t-shirting
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…
brown & floral border print for a skirt
Batik/tie die style cotton (navy and white)
Indian buttons for a shirt for Jack
pink and taupe t-shirt knit for me and my mom
turquoise and brown knit
red linen from P&S fabrics
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.