So I was down in the Garment Center in New York City last week shopping for fabric for the upcoming Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews issue, and it's just like heaven to me. A bit on the chilly side, but heaven nonetheless
Anything that you can dream up to use for a project, you can find there, from fabrics to trimmings to notions. Most of the stores are selling wholesale to the trade, or acting as jobbers for designers. That means unique sewing supplies that you can't find anywhere else in the world.
I was first introduced to the NYC Garment Center by couture diva Susan Khalje, and what an introduction it was: $200 per yard fine French lace, fabulous silks and wools of every sort. It was like one big urban candy store, the likes of which I'd never seen
Later, my various fashion professors would send me on missions to what appeared to be sordid haunts from days gone by: esoteric chambers filled with every sort of interfacing known to mankind, ancient fusing operations, hidden denizens with millions of buttons.
It's a long love affair that I have with the Garment Center, and for anyone who is passionate about sewing, I consider it a must-visit. But do your research first, so that you don't end up at over-publicized tourist spots with high prices to match. With a little luck and study, you can find designer fabrics, unique sewing supplied, and more, at bargain prices. Be prepared for an adventure in negotiation.
For lots of sewing tips and techniques on how to utilize your treasured sewing supplies, check out the Seams, Closures + Hems with Liesl Gibson DVDs in the Sew Daily Shop.
Do you have favorite haunt for your sewing supplies? I would love to know!