Thursday, November 4, 2010

Reader Tip: Best Place for Silk Organza

from Emory via email: 

"I just wanted to suggest adding maybe one comment/fact to your review on Chic Fabrics. They are probably the best source for silk organza in the garment district—$7/yard, always. I'm sure other places occasionally have sales or whatever and you might be able to find silk organza for less, but Chic Fabrics has a good color selection and a consistent low price. Kenneth King recommended that I get my silk organza there when I took an online class with him - that's how I found it!"

If you have tips about shopping in the garment district that you'd like to share here, send me an email at lindsaytdesigns [at] gmail dot com.



At November 4, 2010 at 3:06 PM , Anonymous Broderie Americaine said...

Thanks for the tip. Duly noted.

I suggested some ideas for future Garment District surveys. Obviously, if there's a cheaper online source for something standard, like muslin, pattern paper or oak tag, please mention it.

Unlike some people, I'm wary of online fabric shopping. I once ordered something from It was inexpensive, so the purchase was low-risk, but the colors looked different than they had on my monitor, the texture was coarser than expected, and the yardage came packaged in a plastic bag and was slightly moist.

I don't believe that the fact something is priced at $1 a yard means it's a bargain. Especially if I can't touch it.

Another suggestion:

Where to buy leather. Mood's collection looks good and I've seen some other recommendations, but I know nothing about skins.

At November 4, 2010 at 3:10 PM , Anonymous Broderie Americaine said...

BTW, $7 a yard for silk organza sounds good. I've usually paid around $10 for new organza at places like Paron and New York Elegant Fabrics, both of which are good stores.

At November 5, 2010 at 7:10 AM , Blogger Laura Lee said...

Thanks for starting this blog! First thing I hit in the morning (well after FB!). The only hazard for you is that I now consider you my personal garment district shopper! Here is the first, of what will likely be many, questions/requests!

Do you know of any good shops for linen shopping? I am most interested right now in looking at some stretch linen (sort of an oxymoron) to see how it handles and drapes. I remember seeing a "linen-only" shop on 36th or 37th a couple of years ago. Any insight?
Thanks so much

At November 5, 2010 at 8:26 PM , Blogger Nancy K said...

I'm going to be in twice this week and you can bet this will be on my visit at least once this week.

At November 5, 2010 at 8:44 PM , Blogger snow said...

Help! I'm trying to find silk lycra printed fabric. I purchased a DVF blouse and to my horror it had a metal zipper in the back that wasn't flattering and incredibly cold. I had to return it but then I decided I'd make my own blouse, but I'm having a really hard time finding silk lycra in prints ,any suggestions? Thanks :O)


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