How has your July and August been?
I have had a great winter. I escaped twice to the northern hemisphere. Two lots of almost two week blocks of summer. (I know. I am very lucky). You’ve already heard about the first ‘escape’ to Northern Italy. The second one was to the US East Coast. It included a few days of free time in New York City with Samantha, a ‘craft lady’ from Adelaide.
You know what that meant. Garment District.
A truly magnificent selection of ribbons, lace, trims, buttons, buckles, hardware…
Samantha and just some of the wonderful ribbons.
It was not possible to walk away without buying at least one of these beauties.
I so wished I had a project that needed feathers
Even the sticky tape dispensers were be-trimmed
This place is zipper heaven
Samantha posing with the mannequins
There were stunning designer fabrics here. A bit like visiting a museum.
We saw some amazing skins and hides here.
I was sorely tempted by a butter-soft baby blue leather. I need to brush up on my leather sewing skills. The last time I worked with leather was in my twenties (a tight black leather skirt for myself and my cousin – we looked great!)
No natural fibres were harmed in the creation of this explosion of colour and design!
I found a lovely springtime cityscape ITY print to bring home
And that striped fabric in the right hand corner was purchased too, but not at Spandex House.
Once we got here, I wondered why we had bothered going elsewhere. It’s truly a wonderful store. Totally lives up to expectations!
Some of the fabrics that ‘got away’
I didn’t leave this shop empty handed.
Two cotton voiles:
Birds and flowers and maps and botanicals! (excuse the multiple images; the pattern repeat is huge)
A vibrant stretch cotton chock-a-block with nasturtiums
A beautiful digital print polyester twill ( the last yard on the roll! lucky me)
And a most interesting mesh-like-knitted navy and white stripe cotton. The stripes are about 6 cm wide
It has good stretch and recovery, but I don’t think there is any spandex or similar elastic yarn in it. And neither did Etyjn- the stylish Eastern European-accented out of work fashion designer cutting the fabric for me at Mood- after he did a burn test.
Seriously, that’s what he did- pulled out a lighter and did the test on a scrap of fabric right there and then. I gawped, just like the out-of-towner that I was. Then the next out-of-work-designer at another cutting station did the same thing when I asked about fibre composition on another fabric. Clearly it’s just a thing they do. I loved it! I felt surrounded by amazing fabrics and encompassed about by stylish fashion experts with deep knowledge of textiles.
Enough gushing. Back to the fabric. The stretch seems to be knitted in: see that crimp in the thread fraying from the edge? I’m thinking this needs to be made into a slouchy summer sweater, perhaps with a hood. I don’t have a lot of fabric (suitcase size restrictions!) so it will have to be sleeveless or colour blocked.
Thank you Mood!
(Yes, my Jungle January dress went to New York too)