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one kick ass week. Lots went on, as per usual, but more important lots went on – I went to NYC. Although I live a short train ride away, my trips to the city have been few and far between. I have full intentions of hopping on a train Friday night and doting around SoHo, Central Park, and the Upper-East side, but by week’s end, I’m so pooped that I schedule little to nothing for Saturday and Sunday (little to nothing = lots of sewing). But when work asked me to cover an event, I committed visiting to the city.

I scheduled my train a little early so I could squeeze in fabric shopping before the evening’s event. Not only did I find some good finds (apologies for the redundancy), three lovely ladies – Oona, Christine, and Nette – escorted me around the garment district. I was rather nervous to meet them (I took extra special attention to my garb – which Oona totally showed me up – she’s got serious style) but I was so surprised how well we got along. I’ve read around the interwebs of bloggers who testify they instantly click with other bloggers when they meet. I never knew if it was true but I can tell you – it’s true. As we lunched at Stitches (coincidence?), it was amazed how despite our different lives, one hobby – sewing and pattern making (I consider them the same) – made us so alike. Sewing is a solitary hobby – garments are made solo – but the community that exists around it is very sociable and together.

To say that I bought good fabric would be an understatement. I bought killer fabric! What’s best about my purchases is that everything goes – all fabrics and trims can be mixed and matched. I meant this as I want to create a lingerie wardrobe out of the fabric I bought using a many patterns I have perfected over the past couple of months. It seems like my lingerie sewing (and tutorials) are not over. Oh no, no, no…

As promised, I give you photos of my purchases as well as a recap of the shops Oona, Christine, Nette and I visited. Included in my recap are shops that we weren’t able to visit but readers and friends suggested.

1. Metro Textile Corp: located in a very confined space, this gem of a store has great prints (I bought the star and green floral prints – pictured below – here)

2. Pacific Trimming – be prepared to feel like a kid in a candy store. It has LOTS of trims – seriously – and this is where I bought my elastics, stretch satin and velvet ribbon (stretch satin and velvet ribbon can be used and is a more shi-shi and posh option than elastic)

3. Paron Fabrics – I didn’t find much here but what I found was amazing – the butterfly printed fabric pictured below. It was on sale for $5 a yard and has a texture similar to faille. It’s sheer and I plan to layer this over the creme and brown chiffon I bought for a bra

4. Mood Fabrics – does Mood really need an explanation? Even though it’s a tourist destination – every seamstress and designer flocks to Mood – the quality is not sacrificed. The selection and variety is on point. Side note: Meg of Mood was kind enough to introduce herself to me! She knew me from my blog and she even snapped a photo of Oona, Christine, and I for Mood’s Instagram. Hey, hey… I’m kinda famous!

5. M&J Trimming– another store that doesn’t need a description. They have every trim imaginable

6. Spandex House – anything stretchy, this place will have it!

7. Mendel Goldberg Fabrics – couture fabrics – wool, boucles, lace, and such – for those not afraid to spend a pretty penny on fabric

8. Jem Fabric Warehouse – for hard to find fabrics such as power mesh and foam padding

9. Silthread Inc & Steinlauf & Stollerfor specialty notions, including lingerie

10. Shindo – great lingerie notions, although you might have to fib and say you’re sourcing for a company to get access

11. Mokuba New York – another awesome store for lingerie notions and again, you might have to fib and say you’re sourcing for a company to get access

12. City Sewing – for industrial machine sales, parts, repairs, and rentals

13. Also, check out Sylvia’s recap on where she went while in NYC



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    Beautiful finds! I’m so glad you had a nice time in NYC – it sounds like so much fun! Can’t wait to see what you make with all your fun fabrics and trimmins’ !!

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    Gorgeous stuff! Oh man, I can’t wait to see what all you make out of it 😀 I’m also totally jealous that you got to meet Oona because when is it gonna be my turnnnnnn haha. I must make the pilgrimage to New York!

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    Ooh, you found some fun goodies! A big ole trim store sounds like my kind of circus. I look forward to see what they become. Have a good weekend, Maddie!

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    Miss Crayola Creepy

    I’m 100% jealous of your whole day!

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    Heather Valentine

    I can not wait to see what you make with all these goodies!

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    the Garment Farmer

    nice loot! 😉 Glad you had fun!!

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    I am so in love with everything you found, like those super cute printed fabrics and pretty bows. I’m happy you had such a good time in NY. I can’t wait to see all of the beautiful and inspiring things you make with these.

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      I’ve already started cutting!

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        Yay!! It’s actually kind of scary how excited I am to hear that.

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    Wow you found some really fab fabrics and trims! That is a great recap of some places to go in NYC, I have been thinking of visiting, this is a good list!..
    So glad you had an awesome meet up!

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    Meg the Grand

    What a marvelous, marvelous trip!!! So glad you got to meet up with those amazing ladies! I love meeting with other crafting enthusiasts – regardless of our backgrounds, we have a passion in common and it’s so fantastic to be able to share that enthusiasm with other people that understand 🙂 Your fabric purchases are AMAZING. Seriously love love love the butterflies!

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    You lucky lady! Looks like you got some killer stuff and awesome that you got to meet some fellow bloggers 🙂

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    i cry foul, your overalls were amazing. even your camera slung jauntily about your neck seemed perfectly accessorized.

    it really is amazing how embracing we solo sewists are out in the wild. loved our meetup!!

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    Sew Me Love

    Very, VERY envious of all your new buys!!!!

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    Becky Stets

    I love traveling to New York to fabric shop! I rarely find good fabrics in my area.
    I’m so glad I found your blog (found you from Secondhand Sundays). I’m a fellow pattern maker. My “full time” gig is a patternmaker for a dance wear company also in PA. I have been slacking in making patterns for myself, when you do something for many hours a day it can be the last thing you want to do when you get home!

    Becky from http://thebisforbecky.blogspot.com/

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    Mokuba always has beautiful things. Fabric Mart sells the same cotton/silk/lycra. Here’s the link in case you need to know any information about the fabric : http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/xcart/MBE2270L-Stretch-Silk-Cotton-Floral-Challis-Cream-Aqua-Toasted-Oat-43-Wide.html

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    so jealous of all you new yorkers and your awesome stores and more awesome bloggers/sewists!!! oh well, at least i get to live vicariously through you 😉

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    Mohammad Salauddin

    Beautiful fabrics collection. I love traveling to New York to fabric shop! I rarely find good fabrics in my area. that is Fabrics USA Inc. here is beautiful Guipure Lace Fabric and other fabrics.

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