Sunday, February 6, 2011

"Clothes made in NYC: Fashion made in New York City gets the cache it deserves"

From a 2/5/11 article by Patrick Huguenin for New York Daily News:

"In New York City, a dense few blocks in the West 30s are the fashion industry's busiest hive.

Here, in the Garment District, embroiderers set up shop next to button sellers and leather workers. Designers can pick up a zipper, a dress sample and a replacement stiletto heel in a five-minute walk.

But it's an area that faces hazards. It has seen businesses die off as designers outsource production overseas. As with any other New York City block, it has come under the eye of eager developers and faces complex questions of rezoning. The district's survival depends on public support, dedicated designers and a new breed of shopper: the fashion locavore."  Read the rest of the article here.


  1. Es ist manchmal gar nicht so einfach das passende Einstecktuch auszuwählen. Bei der großen Auswahl auf hat man allerdings weniger Probleme damit. Es gibt dutzende Farbvarianten an Einstecktuch.

  2. I love puttering around the fashion district, it makes me feel like a crow grabbing up beautiful shiny things! The only problem for me is that I'm very new to sewing. I've only ever worked with fabrics meant more for quilting than clothing and I'm totally clueless about different types of fabrics, what they're best for, and what it'd take to sew them at home--despite my growing collection of impulse-bought stuff. Any suggestions on how to go about learning fabric types?

  3. Phoebe, the best thing to do is go to stores where they'll cut swatches for you. Collect a bunch of swatches from a variety of fabrics, and then label them all when you get home. The more fabric shopping you do, the better you'll get at this. Also take a look at RTW clothes and read the labels to see what they're made of. Hope this helps!

  4. Phoebe S.:

    Most beginning sewers do best with stable fabrics such as cotton, wool, or corduroy. I suggest you look at clothes on or, make note of the fabric content and then look for patterns in similar styles.

    Start with a skirt or a simple dress. Then try a blouse. This Australian fabric store blog features many reviews of easy patterns with good pictures.

    You can also search for patterns on

    I'm sure there are others, but Claire Shaeffer's book on fabrics has always been popular.

    It also never hurts to take a class.

    Good luck.

    New York Sewer

  5. Great ideas, thanks very much!


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