|Shiny and colorful|
Despite my frequent visits, there are so many places I haven't been. As a lifelong sewist, I've done some minor visits to the garment district, but i've never fully explored it's wonders. As I am in the process of starting my own sewing business, I needed some specific supplies. Now seemed to be the perfect time to expand my knowledge.
On Tuesday, I made the trek into Manhattan with a twofold plan:
1. Visit Spandex House and Spandex World
2. Take the subway to Brooklyn to visit my boyfriend.
I got into the city around 10:30, with a plan to head to Brooklyn around 1. I spent 3 hours on ONE BLOCK in the garment district. I had spandex on the brain, so my purchases had a specific focus, but I couldn't help but browse every store I passed. I was a little overwhelming, to say the least, but I managed to control myself. I made lots of mental notes on things to come back for (and what kind of game plan I should have on my next visit). But don't worry, I did bring plenty home.
This was my haul, in bag form. Note that i made purchases from both Spandex House and Spandex World. Can't leave anyone out!
My shiny and printed yards from Spandex World. They are all 4 way stretch.
Milliskin spandex from Spandex House. The purple, red and green are all shiny, while the pink is matte. These are also 4 way stretch.
My only non-spandex fabric purchase: 4 yards of thin yellow and white flowery cotton. I think this will make a fantastic summer dress.
I felt like i really scored when it came to notions. It had never occured to me how much cheaper they were when purchased from a bulk distributor. The 8" invisible zippers were 50 cents a piece. I bought 10 yards of elastic, and then found the same elastic on a large spool for even less. I also bought a big box of tailors chalk in different colors(which i always lose), some wider elastic, and a zipper to fix a friend's coat. Everything was so low in price. I'm never buying notions from a chain craft store again!