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Subject: Your NYC garment district favorites? Date: 10/29/13 4:35 PM

I'm very excited...next week I get to go back to NYC for the first time since I graduated from FIT in 2005! My favorite store when I lived there was definitely Paron (the Annex was a staple for my poor student self), so I will be visiting them (with my Groupon!) and will also stop at Mood as well.

Is there anywhere else I shouldn't miss? I have a love of knits and am mainly hoping to stock up on some delicious wool jersey and silk jersey.

I also would like to get into bra/lingerie making and wonder if there's a good lingerie notion and fabric shop anyone knows of?

Looking forward to hearing what you lovely folks have to suggest!
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Date: 10/29/13 5:38 PM

Go see Kashi at Metro Textiles.

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Date: 10/29/13 7:15 PM

Elliott Berman Textiles! I personally haven't been but my friends have, and it's their favorite store. I also would stop by Around the World Magazines to pick up any issues of La Mia Boutique if you want.

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Date: 10/29/13 7:20 PM

I second the motion on Metro Textiles. Kashi is a lot of fun to dicker with.

If you're into knits like I am, stop by Spandex Word and Spandex House. They're close by each other. Great for swimwear fabric and workout fabric. Have a laundry list because you'll be overwhelmed by all the color choices.

I'm anxious to find out where to find good lingerie fabric and notions too. I've got a NYC trip planned for April 2014.


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Date: 10/29/13 8:42 PM

I was just in the city last week with a friend who wanted to buy something special so I took her to B & J. She found a gorgeous laminated wool and lace suiting and a stunning. I bought a beautiful quality wool and rayon blend jersey. They had lovely quality jerseys and pontes. They had a gorgeous range of colors in everything. Lots of silk jerseys if I remember correctly. Everything is beautiful quality.
As far as I know there isn't a good place to buy lingerie fabrics and finding.
Have a wonderful time.
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Date: 10/30/13 2:05 AM

I was about to say Elliott Berman too! Not only is their selection amazing, Eugenia is pretty much the nicest person I've ever met. Last time I was there, I started talking to her about my winter wardrobe plans and was asking her advice about fabric choice and she answered all my questions really patiently and showed me this totally incredible Bill Blass wool flannel that was perfect for what I wanted, and this gorgeous wool double-face that is going to be a perfect coat. I got a bit caught up in my brainstorming and didn't realize until I left that I'd probably taken up like an hour of her time.

I keep meaning to get to the famous Metro, but somehow when I get out of the subway I never get past EB or Mood. Maybe it's because I've stashed enough fabric now that I feel like I shouldn't get anything unless I absolutely need to, and if I feel like I need something specific I tend to go to my TNT places.

I really enjoy going to B&J too but I have a hard time justifying spending so much on fabric. Last time I went I was looking for stuff to make warm pants, and I saw lots of absolutely breath-taking wool flannel and crepes, but they were all around $80/yd. There were cheaper flannels and crepes too, but I didn't like them. The only thing I ended up being able to justify was this silk-blend stretch denim for $30/yd. They did have some really nice bamboo jersey knits and french terry that were very reasonably priced between $15-20, but I didn't pick up any because I felt like I was good on knits at the time.

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Date: 10/30/13 2:23 AM

BTW I just saw that you were looking for Burda magazines, too. I would definitely go to Around the World for that. Last time I was there (this past Monday), they had the November issue on display, and they still had back issues for October and September. They didn't have the new US edition yet, but the guy told me he's getting them in (I don't know when). They also have the F/W Plus Style Special, and the Classics special as well, but I only saw a couple copies of each out.

Definitely don't buy the Burda mags from Paron's, they charge much more than Around the World. ATW charges $9.50 for each issue of Burda, IIRC Paron's charges $14ish.

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Date: 10/30/13 9:07 AM

Another vote for Elliot Berman and Metro Textiles. Had a great time in both, and discovered later that the deals I got were even better than I first thought. Turned out that some of the gorgeous cotton shirting I got for $5/yd was Liberty Lawn. I also found some great stuff at Paron, though not the deals I got at the other two.

Have a great time!
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Date: 10/30/13 8:17 PM

i absolutely love Rosen and Chadick! Very nice nd helpful--beautiful
silks and laces.

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Date: 10/30/13 9:25 PM

Elliott Berman for the silk and wool, last time I was there I bought some Missoni wool knit.
Spandex World has a bottomweight cotton spandex that I've never anywhere else, and rayon lycra knits in every color of the rainbow.

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