Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Fabric of my dreams

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Let's face it.

There are fabrics... and there are fabrics.

Let's look deeper into our pockets for a bit, shall we?

I recently had the pleasure of caressing some beautiful fabric in a the workroom of a couturier for whom I've been freelancing.  I appreciated its beauty, from a Swiss fabric maker I had never heard of... Jakob Schlaepfer... at a whopping couple hundred dollars a yard.

But if you could have seen it, you'd understand.  I don't see an example, or even a fair comparison on the web to lead you to, so you'll just have to imagine...

A yummy metallic silk ombre, with flecks of gold, pineapple, persimmon, with flecks of silvery green and soft rasberry splashes... Hypnotic in its beauty.  Heaven to touch.

Similar to the mood of the fabric the designer used, but different.

Another fabric by the same fabulous company


it invaded my dreams.  For once, I saw a complete garment made of fabrics that exist mostly in my own head at the moment... but my heart feels they exist.  Definitely for the holiday season. And the thought motivated me to get some of my own projects moving, right away, clearing space in my life for my next set of dreams.

One of the things I have not often discussed on this blog, is the high-end fabric market.  However, these are truly the most elusive goods in the district, and may require an appointment to view.  Not for browsers, but for the serious potential clients, here are some fabulous sources:

Jakob Schlaepfer New York (Sales office)

307 West 38th Street, Suite 1103
New York, NY 10018
Telefon +1 (212) 221-23 23
Telefax +1 (212) 221-32 12

Lace from SOLSTISS


561 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 7 19 - 9194

At C&J Textiles (below), you will find outstanding exclusive designer fabrics on cards near the left wall of the store when entering.  Beautiful, special fabrics, with appropriate pricing for such unusual finds.

230 W. 38th st.
7th Floor
New York, NY 10018

At Fabrics & Fabrics (below), go left of the register to the room full of lace.  See? I told you so...

Fabrics & Fabrics
270 West 38th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10018
TEL: (212) 391-7777
EMAIL: info@fabrics-fabrics.com

At B&J Fabrics (below), look all around you.  At this place, the bargains are a tougher find than the luxury goods, but both beautifully coexist in this place.  As an aside... looks like they have the fabric of my dreams, mentioned earlier in this post...

A wild sequin maze on metallic netting from B&J I used to make a very basic, but elegant top (below).

B&J Fabrics

525 7th Avenue - 2nd Floor
(corner of 38th street)
New York, NY, 10018
Email: bandjfabrics@gmail.com
Phone: 212-354-8150

Above all, keep dreaming!


  1. Wow that was beautiful fabric!!!!

  2. Thanks for your inspirations! I just ordered
    brocade by Marc jacobs from MOOD; I don't
    need it but decided to make a jacket to
    wear occasionally even if it is a bit dressy!

    1. Fantastic! Sometimes you have to sew for the joy and love of it!

  3. Thank you for this post! I've been forgetting to dream!! What beautiful dreamy fabric you showed us today!!! Thanks!

    1. Glad to help push the "dream" button for anyone who needs it!


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