I can’t even begin to describe the sheer heaven New York’s Garment District is. I’ve read a thousand sewing blog posts about it over the years and read them again before my trip, but nothing could prepare me for the miles and miles of gloriously bolt-bursting isles. My mind was blown, stayed blown and will never be the same again.
I tried my best to be organised. I had a list of fabrics I had never seen in real life in the UK before, and pictures of garments I wanted to knock off. I also wanted to give plenty of room for serendipity, of course. Equipped with my new fabric shopping bag and the blog Shop The Garment District’s invaluable map, I invaded.
From then on, it’s all a blur. The Garment District ate me alive.
I can’t find words to describe my feelings. No seriously, so I had to get some help:
- Don’t buy anything you can get in London (like silk organza, general bargain-hunting, haberdashery). Go spectacular!
- Only take swatches and photos on day one – DO NOT BUY! Think it over and plot your projects, then go back. Otherwise it’s like going to the supermarket starving without a shopping list – you’ll eat wine gums with Babybel cheese for dinner for a week.
- Don’t hesitate when you fall in love (but only after the first day’s DO NOT BUY ban. Perhaps).
- Try not to panic. This is not the only time in life you’ll see fabric.
- Try to refrain from hiding bolts in secret places in the shops for your next visit, Petra!
Swatch at Mood (click first photo for slideshow and captions):
Biggest lesson learned from this: Spend more money on fabric (she says while eating porridge for dinner for a month). Look for better quality and fall in love. It’s time to step up my game.
50 yards bought. Now some serious planning can begin – Head, be blown again!
Here’s a list of blog posts which can do much more justice to this area than I can (hope no-one minds):
All posts, from beginning to end! Amazing! Also the google map: