Monday, November 8, 2010

Readers Questions: Where to find linen and silk lycra

Believe it or not, there's a lot I don't know about the Garment District. Rather than take a guess and pass on misinformation that will live forever, I'd prefer to open up reader questions to STGD readers. So please, if you know the answer to questions posed on this site, raise your hand and leave a comment!

Laura asks:

"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?"

Hey Laura, I know B&J Fabrics has a decent linen section because I just looked at it last week. What about you, readers? Any recommendations for linen sources?

Snow asks:

"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?"

Snow, Mood Fabrics has a ton of silk lycra prints. This would be my starting point. You could also check Elliott Berman Textiles. Chime in, readers, if you've seen silk lycra prints elsewhere in the Garment District.
Wondering where to find something? Send me an email at lindsaytdesigns [at] gmail dot com. If I don't know the answer I'll post your question here on STGD.



At November 9, 2010 at 12:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The store the Laura is likely referring to, Gray Line Linen (on 39th), is most definitely still there. They have an amazing selection of beautiful linens (including a metallic linens in multiple colors that I can't get out of my head). The owners are so nice and helpful, too:

Gary Line Linen, 260 West 39th St # 2, New York - (212) 391-4130

At November 9, 2010 at 12:34 PM , Blogger Emory said...

Paron's usually has a pretty good selection of linen as well and I've always found the people there very helpful.

I will have to check out Gray Line Linen, it sounds wonderful!

At November 9, 2010 at 2:17 PM , Blogger Meg said...

I'm so glad you filled me in about Gray Line Linen. Same thing, knew there was a linen store but couldn't remember anything else about it. I'll have to do a review of it.

At November 13, 2010 at 5:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A big YES for Gray Line Linen! Their prices started at $4 a yard when I was there last. I filled 2 boxes to ship home. They probably have whatever linen you need, and I saw many color charts for ordering. They have lots of different weights, colors, patterns, etc. in stock. I got some unique striped linen that comes already finished (selvages) at table runner width. Website is

As far as lycra, what about Stretch World and Spandex World, both on 38th? I don't know if they have silk lycra, though. Try NY Elegant, also?


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