Sunday, August 29, 2010

Saturday with friends!

I spent an amazing Saturday with about 30 women fabric shopping in the NYC Garment District.  I met some awesome new sewists and reconnected with other sewing friends that I hadn't seen in a minute.  It was wonderful to experience these women shopping at some of my favorite places.

Of course no shopping trip is complete without laughter, fabric (and loads of that was purchased), food and photos.  I completely forgot that I had a camera while we were at Metro Textiles, and if you've ever been to Pacific Trimmings you know those aisles are way too skinny to get any decent photos in...but I did remember to take at least one picture almost everywhere else.  So let's go to the pics to tell the tale of the fun, new friendships formed and much laughter and fabric shared:

The gang at Elliott Berman's
(We split up into 2 groups to make it easier to shop the 1st two stores!)

Sheila (Sheila CTK) at Elliott Berman

Nancy K. (Nancy K Sews), Emory & Cindy in the racks at Elliott Berman

Candy (who came all the way from Atlanta & who was
wearing the most awesome dress that she handpainted)
digging for gold at Elliott Berman's

Wendy (West 38th Street) paying for her pieces at Elliott Berman's

She cut my fabric and I felt like I "knew" her.  Finally,
I just asked and it's Terri (on the right) from Project
Runway Season 5!

Lunch was at Village28 on 8th Avenue
where both groups met back up!

One more lunch shot - didn't want to leave anyone out!

Rachel (A Sewn Wardrobe), me, Joanne (Miss Muslin)
and Alethia (Kassmin's Creations) in Mood!

The last of the gang (quite a few people had left
by this time) at Paron's.

There were a couple of interesting moments during the day...meeting Terri from Project Runway Season 6 at both Elliott Berman's and Mood.  Meeting Joanne, who walked up to me in Mood and introduced herself...she is in town taking a class with Susan Khaljie...seeing the new Vogue Pattern Magazine on the pattern counter at Mood and begging everyone not to show me the Selfish Seamstress' article (I want to read it at home where I can enjoy every word!)...and believe or not there are more pics in my Flickr Album.

So you're wondering what I bought right?  Not much actually...I guess proximity never makes me feel like I have to whip out my credit card and shout "Charge It", ala Betty Rubble and Wilma Flintstone!

3 yards of black doubleknit
2 yards of red doubleknit
Both from Metro Textiles

2 yards of this awesome rayon/lycra knit
from Elliott Berman

I did take a detour away from the group and alongwith Claudine & Alethia headed over to Daytona Trimmings to purchase invisible zippers (was missing some basics from the notions stash), 5 yards of 1" black satin bias binding and 8 of the cutest little pink mop buttons.

I had a great time and would like to thank Elizabeth and Robyn for thinking this up and then arranging for it to happen! always, more later!


  1. Thanks for sharing the Saturday shopping day. Saw your Flickr photos this AM and truly looked like all had a good time.

  2. Wow....If there is a next time, I will definitely make time to do this. Looks like everyone had a great time!

  3. I'm still exhausted but I had a lot of fun. Thank you so much for coming and helping me wrangle the group. I even managed to sew quite a bit last night. I may just finish up the dress for the wedding on time.

  4. Looks like such fun! Thanks for sharing. Love that knit that you got.

  5. woooo hoooo! I was thinking about you guys yesterday and love seeing pics already. I love seeing meetup posts on blogs. Everyone looks happy.

  6. How amazing to share in such fabric and creative abundance!

  7. I am so jealous! You all look like you had a blast. Shopping for fabric in New York with sewing buddies is definitely on my bucket list!

  8. Thanks for letting me enjoy vicariously! Looks like it was FUN!

  9. it was so much fun! thank you for marshalling our little group... i'm so excited that now i know how to find kashi's store & elliott berman :-)

  10. I'm so jealous, sob! I absolutely love that rayon/lycra print. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

  11. OMG - On Saturday, I was on the upper East Side 'taking a meeting' and on the upper west side taking a cooking class. I'm not sure I could have figured out a way to join you but oh, I wish I'd been able to!!

  12. Sounds like everyone had a great day. It's so nice to see pictures from these shopping trips :)

  13. It was a fantastic day! Thank you so much for your guidance on the B5147 fabric. I really enjoyed meeting you!

  14. OMG!! It looks like you all had so much fun!!! Wish I was there.

  15. sounds like such a fun time.

  16. I enjoyed myself immensely and looking forward to the next one.

  17. How fun. I love your knits.

  18. Carolyn it was a pleasure to meet you and the other ladies. Sorry I had to take off early. I had a lot of fun and look forward to the next meet up.

  19. I can't get over what a great time I had Saturday. Can't wait for the next one (and to see what you do with the knit from Elliott Berman - I hope it's at the top of your sewing list).

    It was lovely meeting you!

  20. The minute I saw those knits at EB I was like, Carolyn! So you.

  21. Looks like a great time!!! I've GOT to get to NY! LOL


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