As you have read, my next project is this sundress. Here is the fabric..
Is that not *gorgeous*?
I’m so pleased. I find the Garment Center to be really non-user friendly (or rather non-hobby sewer friendly) and a bit intimidating. So, game face in place, I set out Wednesday with dim hopes of finding anything.
I first hit Paron which was listed on Pattern Review as ‘well-labeled bolts with clear prices’. Cool. Because at this stage of the game I can identify cotton, wool and silk from a basic perspective but not with any sort of specificity. The pattern called for Sateen, Crepe de Chine and a few other mystery fabrics. Yikes!
Paron like most stores is a bit overwhelming. But they did have swatches attached to each bolt and stuff was extremely well labeled with prices, etc. That said, the prices, OUCH. I found a really nice fabric for $16.50/yard. The pattern calls for 4 yards. I know that sewing is not cheap but I’d like to hold off a major investment until I have more confidence in my sewing, you know?
Onward. I next hit NY Elegant Fabrics. Their run of the mill (boring) *quilting* fabrics started at $12.50 per yard. Quilting fabric – not going there. Disappointment. And now it was raining out which seemed a pretty apt but harsh commentary on the day by Mother Nature.
So I decided to go to Metro Textiles. People on Pattern Review have spoken about the great prices and really helpful owner, Kashi. But again, I was intimidated and nervous about going to a store that’s on the 9th Floor of an office building (hard to say you were just ‘walking by’ LOL) and checking it out. Still, I braved up and went.
WHAT a pleasant experience. Kashi basically acts as a personal shopper and he has great stuff. I described what I wanted, showed him the pattern and then he took the time to help me shop. He pulled out a bunch of fabrics, asked me what I liked/disliked about each and we ended up with 3 fabrics I adored. No settling at all. And all for $6/yard. I mean, SCORE. When I finish the dress, my next project will be an A-line skirt and I am absolutely going back to him. I can’t recommend him enough. Lovely.