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The Pilgrimage

March 24, 2014

I’ve been sewing since I was little, but I’ve only been back at sewing full force for the past year or so. I’ve had such a great time exploring the sewing world (mostly through all of the amazing blogs out there), and I’ve wanted to make it to the Garment District in NYC since I first learned of its existence.

Needless to say, when an academic conference took me to New York, I planned an afternoon shopping trip. I’m so happy to have had the guidance of Lauren and Peter‘s blog posts to narrow down my quick trip, although I sure wish my timing had allowed me to go shopping with them! I whittled my list down to six potential stops and made it to Mood, Paron, and Fabric for Less.
Mood Fabric

Paron Fabric

Fabric for LessAs you can tell by my facial expressions, fabric shopping is serious business! I went in with a plan, but I was still overwhelmed by all of the fabric crammed into these stores! I don’t know what I would have done if I had just planned on having a look around.

I have enough projects to keep me busy for a very long time, and I don’t have much money or space for fabric, but I wanted to get something special on this shopping trip. A milestone birthday of mine is coming up, so I decided to shop for fabric to make myself a birthday dress (more on that in another post).
Birthday Dress FabricThis photo totally doesn’t do it justice–it’s taken in artificial light–so you’ll just have to believe me when I say that this is a lovely cotton from Paron Fabrics. It’s not at all what I expected to buy. I had originally thought that I wanted to get a cute print for a fit-and-flare dress, but Sweetie talked me into this one, and I think it will be lovely for spring and seems adequately celebratory for my birthday. And the price was right–the whole store was 25% off regular price fabrics!

Aside from the Garment District, I had a wonderful time in the city. The conference I attended was fantastic and proved very useful in thinking through some of the ideas I have for my dissertation (which is still a way off, but inches closer every day!). I wandered around Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Times Square, Central Park, and Midtown. I had coffee with a cousin I never get to see, got a personal tour of the Met from that MFA husband of mine, and ate a lot of tasty food. It had been ten years since my last trip to NYC, and I hope to get back again much sooner!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2014 6:53 pm

    Bad lighting or not, that cotton looks so pretty! I went to the Garment District for the first time about a year ago (and had an almost identical trip, it seems like). I also bought a beautiful watercolor-y cotton. Coincidences all around (: I can’t wait to see the finished dress!

    • March 24, 2014 7:42 pm

      Oh, how funny! Thanks for dropping by my blog–I just clicked over to yours and added it to my RSS feed. It sounds like we have a lot in common!

      • March 24, 2014 9:47 pm

        Yay! (and thank you)! And yes – I love finding other graduate students who enjoy crafty pursuits.


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