Not some fashionista photographista but a person about to go online teaching who rushed her fabric bags out into the sun and threw them over a lawn chair and snapped some pictures.
OK, set up the expectations appropriately?
I am in the middle of sewing planning for some wedding outfits for various family members and collecting fabric probably too crazy for my own outfits.
Here we go:
|From Mary Jo's in N. Carolina. I have some idea that I could do sleeves and a bit of a bodice with the rest dupioni. OK just idea #93.|
|After seeing a lot, a lot of lace with beads and sequins I was quite taken by this completely random ... stuff. Don't worry no one at home will let me wear this to a wedding.|
|Heavy silk jersey for my youngest son's girlfriend. From C&J|
|Red silk knit out of the bag obviously, heavy and a gorgeous hand. A wrap dress for me.|
|Melon coloured crepe de chine $15 a yard btw|
|More crepe de chine. My daughter said something about a striped skirt, she's probably changed her mind now. It would make a good top for me. Such a quiet dresser I am.|
|Beautiful silk charmeuse for another dress for girlfriend of son #2.|
Both of these places do not have websites so you might miss out on them.
The first is:
New York Elegant Fabrics 222 W. 40th.
This is a really neat place with a lot of classic fabric that so many places don't carry any more. Swiss dot in many colours, seersucker, home dec, fancy- really a fabric location of your dreams and fabrics priced well and what they are worth.
If you are the kind of shopper who gets overwhelmed, they also have something I really like - at the end of every bolt there are 3" swatches already cut and you can just pull one of these off and take it home so if you have one of those awful "why didn't I buy that" moments you can snap a picture and email them or even send off the swatch back so they know what you are talking about.
Nice relaxed salespeople. Listen I could live there.
C & J Textiles 7th floor 230 W. 38th
C & J is like an office.
Well dressed folks at desks with papers and phones and business being done you can see through a door. They are manufacturers and garment industry suppliers - those are the deals being done in there.
However the front office is a showroom of discontinued fabrics and leftover bolts, going at good prices for superior fabrics, plus these sample cards of their silks and other fabrics:
|Colour card for the silks (every kind you can think of) All fabrics in all of these colours, you just have to tell them what they want - no minimum cuts, and some person in the back will bring it out to you.|
|This is an upside down picture of the silk cotton (heavy like taffeta) and the colours that comes in|