Saturday, 24 July 2010

Fabric buying in New York - part two!

In my last post I promised that full disclosure of all my fabric buying in the New York garment district would be forthcoming. I have already confessed to my purchases in Metro Textiles …….. but I also visited Mood, Elliott Berman, New York Elegant Fabrics and, oh yes, Paron. And fabric was purchased in each of them!

In Elliott Berman’s I clearly had summer on my mind (and no wonder – the daytime temperature was mostly well into the nineties the whole time I was in New York!). These were my choices

On the left is a sheer cotton print (made for the NY designer Milly) and the one on the right is a cotton pique. I really enjoyed my visit to Elliott Berman’s, they stock some beautiful fabrics and their sales person, Eugenia (it was nice to meet a Eugenia!), was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Thank you Lindsay T for the excellent recommendation.

Over at Mood I continued the summer theme with these two fabrics.

The one at the top is linen and the one at the bottom is a silk charmeuse. Now I really should mention here that I already have in my stash some fabric that has exactly the same print as this silk charmeuse – but it is a cotton/silk twill that I purchased online, last May, from Emma One Sock, and it is designed by Oscar de la Renta. So, I am going to have some fun making a garment or outfit that combines the same print in the two textures – oh, Oscar, when the time comes, I hope I don’t let you down!

Also at Mood I purchased about 4 yards of a lovely plain black cotton knit that was a nice dress weight and draped well – a good stash standby. At Paron I bought three yards of a beautiful crepe back satin, also in black, just right for that LBD I’m always thinking I should make. This was priced at $30 per yard but they discounted it to $25 so I don’t feel quite so bad about my extravagance. Lastly, at New York Elegant Fabrics, I found some cotton lawn in a pretty aqua colour that co-ordinated perfectly with the stretch cotton that I had already bought in Metro Textiles.

So, there you have it. That fabric haul is certainly going to keep me busy for a while! I doubt whether all the summery prints will get made up before the fall arrives but, hey, think how nice they’re going to look in my stash in the dark winter months.


  1. Wow! I love the pieces you bought! Isn't Elliot Berman's just amazing!! I definitely want to do a fall trip there.

  2. You made some great purchases!!! I can't wait to see what you do with the Oscar de le Renta pieces! I'm most definitely sure you'll do him proud (wink)!!!

  3. Fantastic - I want a visit to the East Coast now!! I especially love the linen - can't wait to see what you come up with!

  4. Oh, what pretties! Make some beautiful things and show them to us.

  5. Those pieces are beautiful! It's gonna be a feast working with them (or looking at them!)
    And it's gonna be a feast for us to read about all the great outfits you'll be making with them.

  6. All lovely! My favourite is the red/blue print. Can't wait to see what you make out of them all!

  7. Not 117 degrees; It was actually 105 degrees with a heat index of 117. 105 degrees that feels like 117.

  8. I love your fabric choices! you and I have a lot of the same taste!

  9. I love all your fabric choices.

  10. Great fabrics. I love them all. My favorite is the silk charmeuse. Will be fun to see them transition into clothes!

  11. Those fabrics are so pretty and summery. I look forward to seeing what they turn into!

  12. Oh, my! Those fabrics are gorgeous!! I especially love the ones from Elliot Berman. Great colors!

  13. I am so jealous that you went to Mood! and Project Runway is starting a new season next week. I dream of seeing Tim Gunn and the comptetitors there.
    Great fabrics, love the colors.

  14. More fabulous finds! Love all your bright colors and prints.

  15. You guys seem to have a lot of fun in New York.

  16. I would love to own all of them.

  17. Too bad your bags didn't fall out of the plane over my house!

  18. That Milly print is fabulous! You got some great stuff while you were in NY, m'dear. :)

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