Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hunting for Spring Fabrics

I'd love to find a heavyweight cotton print like the one this Milly coat is made of. (Available at Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman)

I am on the lookout for spring fabrics. Specifically, I'm searching for spectacular cotton prints, lightweight denim, linen and linen-blend prints, and white terrycloth to make a beach coverup. (I don't recall ever seeing terrycloth in the Garment District—do you?)

I'll probably be trolling W. 39th soon, looking for bargains. Long skirts are in again—yay!—but they require a lot more fabric (and more money). Let me know if there are any fabrics you'd like me to look for while I'm out and about….


  1. Right now I am finishing up some UFO's from last summer and in a few weeks will be ready for a trip to NY for spring/summer fabrics. This blog has been a tremendous source of both information and inspiration. I eagerly await your findings. Mimi

  2. Try New York Elegant for lightweights & cottons. They have a section in the back of the first floor that's shirting, and around that area were some seersuckers, cotton blends, etc. Of course, Greyline (Grey Line?) Linen will have all sorts of that stuff. Great store. I looked at Mood last summer for cotton shorts fabric but only found one that passed my "crush" test -- even tho there's a wall of "cotton" on their main floor.

    I'm on the lookout for terry, too. I made my husband a terry robe 30 years ago, and like a kid with a favorite blanket, he will not give it up. I keep mending the robe & giving it new leases on life. Now I have to patch a hole inside the pocket, so I bought a matching color washcloth to cut up for the patch. The robe is the old, heavy terry velour, and that fabric is nowhere to be found these days! And I've only seen the looped terry at Jo-Ann's...terry that isn't half the weight it used to be. :(

    Buying large "bath sheet" towels on sale might be one source for better beach cover-up terry than what's on the bolts.

  3. I'm really interested in coordinating embellished fabric. Like this, http://www.burdafashion.com/ru/index/1270777-1000019-1778091-1778138.html
    I know I've seen something similar with the flutters in NY. Not sure where though. But, finding border prints like this is just impossible outside of NY. Even without the applique I'm interested in coordinating border prints. I'd love to make this dress. But, without the trim, it's just a sack.

  4. I'm interested in madras in bright, fruity colors.

    Something like this:


    I usually only see patchwork madras.

    Thanks for asking.

    The documentary on the centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was good.

    New York Sewer.

  5. I don't recall seeing terrycloth in the G.D. either. If I can find an old resource book I have, I'll take a look.

    As for the cotton print, there's Mood, but maybe this would be a good opportunity to try Spoonflower. http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome

    I haven't used it, but I'm very happy to learn from other people's experiences. :-)

    You'll need to to create a design in Photoshop or Illustrator (I assume), but I gather you know people who have some savvy with those applications.

    New York Sewer

  6. When I was at H&M Fabrics on 37th (I think) last November they had cotton lawns in great prints for $1.99/yd. Probably gone by now, but it's worth it to poke your head into the scary (and cheap) places.

    I am well stocked with Spring fabric (as I keep telling myself over and over and over), but I would like to make a trench. I wouldn't be averse to a print trench so if you do magically find that heavyweight print suitable for a jacket keep me posted.

  7. I thought I saw terrycloth in the 50% off section at Paron's. As you enter the section, make a left, on the ride side, on one of the bottom shelves. I recall a red terrycloth? It's been awhile since I've been there.

  8. I've been looking for "Mountain Weave" type fabric, which is what The Vermont Country Store calls this:


    I'd love to find reversible, washable cotton like that in the Garment District. If you ever come across any, let me know!

  9. I'd love to find something like that too.

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  11. Yup, there's some double-sided terrycloth at Paron's Annex. Straight ahead, bottom row as you walk into the 50% section. Made in Italy, I think around $9 a yard when the discount is taken into account. Didn't see white terrycloth though.


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