Sunday, March 29, 2009
My Visit to NYC
I had some experienced shoppers helping me buy fabric on my visit to New York City. Karen brought Elizabeth (she's taking the picture), and we met up with Terri and Carolyn at Metro Textiles. It was a small group and good thing too. Metro Textiles is tiny. Who knew? With all the fab fabric coming out of this store, you'd think it was at least as big as a JoAnn's. Of course I did some damage, but had Kashi send it to me. As it was, I had to check a second bag on the plane for $25 because I didn't have the strength to tote it around the airport or lift it up to the luggage compartment.
These two pictures are of the fabric I bought at Stretch World. All of them except the printed lace is cotton lycra knit. However, the quality is fantastic. I'm sure I'd never find such great stuff with the price tag of $6/yd. I could find it at Mood in Los Angeles, but at $14/yd.
The day before the official shopping trip, I had a couple of hours alone while my friend Stephanie rested. I was in NYC, I figured I could rest later. While wandering around the city, I found Paron's. It has a lovely 50% off side of the store with all kinds of goodies. The black wavy design is a Diane Von Furstenburg jersey knit. I got all 3 1/2 yards for $16. The middle fabric is a nude silk organza that I paid $18 for all that was left on the roll -- a total of 2 1/2 yards! The white is a wonderful quality rayon/cotton/lycra mix. Of that I got 3 yards. I can't remember how much it cost. The pattern is a plus size Burda jeans pattern that may be OOP. They were selling it for $2 but they threw it in for free.
I don't remember what the store's name was where I picked up this beautiful pink/brown poly/lycra mesh knit. It's rather opaque for a mesh. I won't have to underline it at all to wear it. The store was somewhere on 5th Street. We did visit Mood, but all I could afford was some $2 fusi-knit interfacing in Ivory. I had been searching for this color for another jacket I want to make for spring. More about the jacket later, though.
Just so you don't think all I did was fabric shopping, here a picture of my friend, Stephanie and I on our carriage ride through Central Park. Please notice the jacket. I stayed plenty warm in it. Everywhere around the park they had bulb flowers just starting to spring from the ground. I love bulb flowers, but it doesn't get cold enough here in California for them to do very well. Too bad they weren't quite ready to bloom.
However, the Macy's window displays were blooming. On our last day in the City, they were changing out the windows. Isn't it beautiful? All those flowers are made from paper. I'm ready for spring sewing and I see dresses in my very near future.
This picture was taken on the morning we left. It was sort of a goodby to this fabulous city. I never once experienced anything remotely unsafe while we were there. I'd go back again in a heartbeat if I only had the $$$ to do so.