NYC Garment District | Fabric Shopping Adventure!

NYC Garment District | Fabric Shopping Adventure!

Ok so I’m going to do something today that
I never thought I would do round here and that is do a fabric buying adventure slash
fabric haul. I never thought I would do this only because
I just never ever go and buy massive amounts of fabric at once, just because I prefer to
save money to buy little increments of good quality, natural fibre material that will
make my historical reconstructions look a little bit, slightly more ‘accurate’, whatever
that really is. Instead of just buying large quantities of
fabrics and compromising on the quality. But I don’t really have that option today,
because if you saw my last video you will have heard the announcement that I am doing
a Lady Sherlock Holmes, um, which is 1890s. It should be great fun, but unfortunately
that does mean that you have to start with the base layers so that you get the silhouette
correct as you build outward. The outer layers, however, are the ‘design
layers’, the fabrics that are seen and therefore need to be carefully thought out. Which means that you have to decide the fabric
for the outer layers to coordinate with the inner layers–which means that you kind of
have to buy all of the fabric at once. Or at least have picked the fabrics all at
once, however if you have ever been to the New York City garment district then you will
know that fabrics don’t tend to stick around too long. So if I pick a fabric for, say, the skirt
and the waistcoat now, the coat fabric that I choose is probably not going to be available
three months from now. It will all be ok, because, because these
are projects that I have planned for, that I was planning to do in the coming months,
it’s just a matter of buying the materials now versus in the future. I have made myself a list of all of the things
I need to buy. It’s probably not all of the things, but at
least the pressing things: the fabric, the design bits and pieces; you know, little things
like trimmings and notions I can always just go get at some other point. So I think–*rogue pencil escapes*–so I think
we should head out now. It’s bloody freezing outside, I think it’s
negative 4 degrees outside, uhh, so I am going to bundle up tightly, and we shall go and
head down to the garment district and see what we can find. Garment District Essentials: if you are following
along at home. Whenever I go swatching or purchasing I always
have roughly this array of items with me: snacks, of course, some water, my list of
things that I need to buy or swatch for, a little diary to make notes, as well as a stapler
to staple any swatches into, and some fabric sheers to cut swatches if I need. Some of the shops you will have to ask them
for swatches, they do not let you cut them yourself. Most of the shops know me only because I worked
in theatre for so long and obviously I gave them a lot of not my money! Uhm, which works in my favor nowadays, but
always yes, please do ask for a swatch if you would like one; most of them are very
happy to give you a swatch. Ok, but do I do the sensible thing and wear
flat shoes, or do I do the aesthetic thing and wear the American Duchess shoes? Flat shoes. Flat shoes. Always flat shoes. Come on. Haven’t we learned this? Alright, let’s go! Oh my god this is so weird to be vlogging
in public. So I’m looking for a couple of things today,
mainly, I mean obviously the skirt and waistcoat fabric; I’m looking for corset fabric, I’m
looking for lots of little trimmings and ribbons and things, and then of course the coat fabric. Hold on, I’m gonna stop because…people are
looking at me. So what I had in mind for the coat fabric
was some sort of green brown-ish tartan, I think Noelle is going for browns for Watson. My dream fabric was the tartan that I used
for the witch bonnet hat thing that’s also on my channel. Unfortunately that fabric does not exist anymore,
I looked; it’s from a little fabric shop on 39th street that I bought several years ago,
so of course it doesn’t exist anymore. Um. So I’ve been looking everywhere to try and
find a reasonably priced green brown wool tartan or check, to no avail on 39th street;
I also looked in Central London and in Goldhawk Road when I was in London thinking, of course,
you know, in England they’ll have beautiful tartans and tweeds. But, um, sadly nothing quite what I was looking
for there either. And then of course, it occurred to me, of
course: Mood, the fabric store Mood, has a fabulous selection of wool. If you are a regular in the New York City
Garment District, you will be aware of the living hellscape that is Mood Fabrics–packed
with tourists because I guess it’s famous because of this TV show or whatever, um, and
so when I was working in theatre it was always the person who drew the short straw that had
to go into Mood. I haven’t been in there in years. But…but I think it might be worth a little
look into the shop, just to see what they have, just because I feel like I don’t want
to go into B&J yet because they are quite expensive–not quite as expensive as Beckenstein’s
but–Mood will be cheaper than B&J so, I’m gonna look there first. Ok, I lied, so that first store was Day to
Day, which used to be on 39th street and I thought it closed years ago, but I just walked
by and there it was. So I just thought I’d pop in; they didn’t
really have much in the way of wools, as you saw, so now I’m actually headed to Mood. They’ve redone this whole lobby since I last
was here…like four years ago. My goodness, this is quite glamorous. This building was the only building I know
that had manual elevator operators for the longest time–and now they don’t; completely
automatic, oh my goodness! I love this one, it’s so cool; it’s got all
this little stitching detail in it. But it’s never gonna last; look, you can do
this little scratch test and you can see it’s just gonna want to pull right out. It’s pretty though. It’s a bit…duller than I would like, but
this actually isn’t quite terrible. I’m not entirely sure that there will be enough
here, um, but it’s a good option. It’s a good option. I’m here with George! George is a follower of this vlog and George
has just cut me a swatch of this lovely fabric here. Mood fabrics! Mood Fabrics. Oh come off it, you could make this so easily. Ok, I’ve just come out of Mood. I stand entirely corrected; they were very
very friendly there and they have a massive glorious selection of wools, uhm, so I shall
definitely be keeping that in mind for next time, but if you ever do decide to make the
decision to come to Mood, do come early in the day because it was much more tolerable
at this merry hour of 10am than it is at 3 o’clock. I didn’t buy that nice little wool tweed thing,
um, only because it was maybe a little dull, it’s not quite as green as I would like it
to be, and for some reason I have it in my head that I’m going to find something better
somewhere else…in any of the places I’ve already looked. I have remembered that there is another shop
called Lace Star that is just here on 39th street, it’s up on the third floor of a building
which I think is right here but I actually don’t remember which one. I’m gonna go and have a look in there if they
haven’t closed, because I haven’t been in there in a couple of years. But I remember them having a couple of good,
um, a good wool section so I’m gonna go and have a look there. If I don’t find anything then I’m just gonna
have to settle and buy the wool, so. There’s a really disappointing lack of brownish
greens available in the world; everything’s very…very blue green. Look how cool this is: it’s like felted into
a tartan pattern. It’ll last all of three and a half seconds
probably but it’s really really cool! Ok this one’s actually not terrible. Again it looks much greener in person, but
it’s very similar to this…this swatch that I’ve gotten from Mood, only it’s as you can
see it’s much greener. If I was mistaking this for greenish tinted
in Mood then this is most definitely going to read as much much greener. Let’s see if I can pull some out. Yeah…this actually isn’t terrible. Hold on. Yeah, you know…I think this will do. I think this will do. What’s even better is I think it will work
really really nicely with this fabric that I already have, so if I can find some more
of this I think this will make quite a nice little ensemble. This has got–this is a bit brighter and it’s
got a bit more pop of green color. The trouble with these stores is the lighting
is so garbage you often can’t really get a sense of what color these things actually
are–and certainly not on this camera. But…yeah, see I’m not sure if it’s going
to be too dull. Is it going to be too dull? You know what? I think we’re just going to have to do it. It’s been months of searching to no avail
and I think we just have to do it. Yeah. Yeah. We’re gonna do it. Ok, so, I did it. I bought the wool. It’s a much much better color in the daylight,
so I’m really really happy that I did it. This is the best option that I found anywhere
so far, so that’s good. And the gentleman was so nice, he gave me
20% off of it, which was a huge, massive massive life saver because now I’m actually under
budget for what I planned for this, which is always reassuring. I know a lot of people will say ‘oh, come
to 39th street and you can haggle with the–with the merchants’ and–oh, please please don’t
do that. The garment district is dropping like flies. The 39th street used to just be lined with
little independent fabric shops and in the like 7 years that I’ve lived here only probably
a third of them are still here. And so these people are not trying to get
rich, they’re just trying to stay in business, so yeah. If you come to the garment district, just
pay the, like, couple dollars more a yard, it really really helps them. And often times they’ll just offer you a discount
anyway if you’re a nice person. Um. And if you buy from them often. So, yeah. Be nice to people. So I’m off to 39th street now–I’m actually
on 39th street now, um, I’m going to try and look for the skirt and waistcoat fabric. Hopefully I can try and find the one I already
have so I don’t have to buy too much more of it. Um–it’s either–it’s one of two stores; it’s
either A&K Fabrics which I’m standing outside right now waiting to go into, or it’s the
one a couple of doors down; Material World? H&M? The one that doesn’t have a name basically,
but has a hundred gazillion signs saying that they’re closing–which they have been for
about three years so it’s all fake. So yes, I’m gonna go and have a look into
this shop and see if I can find this lovely little wool, and…yeah. Let’s explore 39th Street! PSA: this is where I got the fabric for the
circle skirt that I was putting the pocket into in the pocketmaking video. So if you want this fabric, A&K Fabrics on
39th street in the New York City garment district; it’s still here, there’s plenty of it. They also have some really great wools and
suitings here but…unfortunately nothing in my color. I know. I’ve checked in here about…5 times. So my magical hopeful swatch was not from
A&K which I sort of suspected immediately as I walked into it, because it’s not really
the type of quality thing that they carry there, um, so I’m gonna go have a look at
the other place now, but first I’m going to stop into a little shop which is right next
door called Beckenstein’s, which if you haven’t heard of, it’s like–ohh, the most swoon-worthy
wools and–they specialise in men’s tailoring and suiting fabrics which of course is my
aesthetic. So if course I can never help but have a quick
look round every time I walk by. Um–unfortunately their cheapest fabrics start
at $80/yard and go up to…$600/yard. So it’s not currently and probably not for
a while something I will ever be able to afford but…it can help…just to dream a little
bit. Ughh…I want them all. I just want them alllll! Look at all of the tartan…ugh. Oh look! It’s my skirt fabric…but probably five times
more expensive! This. Just my whole wardrobe out of this please. Particularly…this. I know 39th street has a reputation for being
the small cheap independent fabric shops but this is the single exception and it’s devastating. Ok, enough. Back to reality now, and back to searching
for affordable fabrics. *pitiful sigh* Yeah, so unfortunately I’m
not finding it here either, um, and now I’m a little bit perplexed because it doesn’t
seem like they have anything of vaguely similar quality to this. This fabric is surprisingly decent quality;
it’s got–um, I thought it was part synthetic but it’s actually got quite a high content
of wool in it. I’m perplexed as to where I bought this because
I wouldn’t have paid a lot of money for it if I was just buying a 2-yard piece that I
was maybe going to make into a skirt one day but had no actual project plans for. It’s possible I bought it at Hamed which is
just another couple doors down so I’ll go and have a look there but…yeah. Yeah. Very perplexing. No, on second thought I might have gotten
it from Fabric Garden, I’m gonna go have a look in there first because I always find
such great things from them. I forget that they have such a good wool section,
so I’m gonna go have a look there. More hope. We’ll see. Soon…soon you shall be mine. This is so quintessentially 39th street, just
pondering through these narrow lanes of fabric. So, no luck at Fabric Garden or at Hamed,
which is sad. But, you know what, that’s life. Fabrics don’t tend to exist two years after
you buy them, so. That was a long shot anyway. Um…I may have a ponder into Ayazmoon, which
is the last fabric shop remaining on the 7th avenue side of things. Um–don’t jaywalk. I can’t imagine why I would’ve bought it there;
I don’t usually go in there, only because they’re a little bit creepy in there, so I
avoid it when I can, but they do have some good fabrics and maybe, maybe, maybe I bought
it there. I don’t know. Let’s have a look. All of that over there used to be beautiful
fabric and notion and supply stores, but they’ve closed them all. I guess they’re gonna build something that
they perceive to be much more important but…I can’t imagine what. Ok, I wasn’t expecting to find anything in
there, except I did find a suiting wool that works fine with the coating fabric that I
have so my fruitless search for this one specific fabric that doesn’t exist is come at a close
because I’ve–I’ve gone with something else. They do have really nice fabric there but
it’s such…a difficult experience because he does this thing where he says ‘name your
price! Name your price!’ It’s like, well, well, what I’m gonna name
is not what you’re gonna want to charge me. And so that’s a bit tricky. I think I got a–a decent price for it; if
it is indeed 100% wool which…may or may not be the case because they don’t, you know,
they don’t list their fibre contents on 39th street so, always a bit of a gamble but we’ll
do a burn test at home and find out if indeed we paid the correct amount because if it is
100% wool then I paid a very good price for it. I’m now at the end of 39th street, I’m at
39th and 7th, there is a Pret right here and I think I’m just gonna go in and have a cup
of tea and sit down for a minute, then we shall continue east and down to 38th street
where we shall explore some trimming stores. Ok, so we are back on track. We are headed to the trimming district area
of the garment district. One big thing that I don’t have yet is–well
I didn’t get lining for the coat and the waistcoat but I think I may, um…look online for that
only because I know there are good sources. Historically a lot of these waistcoats and
coats in menswear were made–were lined with sort of a light cotton silesia, um–which
is like a glazed cotton and I know there are some pretty good sources to get that online. I may do that just because I think that might
be the cheapest option. The other thing that I didn’t get is I did
not get a silk for the corset, which is actually conveniently my next project, and I should
have the fabric for that. I’m not sure if I’m gonna go back to the fabric
world and see if I can find a silk or, again, if I’ll look online for something. I’m either gonna go for a silk satin, maybe,
or like a cotton satin, or a cotton sateen. I’m not sure which yet. And I’m not sure what color yet. So. I’m looking for. some just grosgrain ribbon to go on the, um…for…for
the deerstalker hat for Sherlock, now that I’ve got the fabric I can look for a matching
grosgrain ribbon for the little ear flaps, as well as I’m looking for a little silk ribbon,
um, to tie the combinations together, which I did not buy whilst I was originally purchasing
for this project. Part of me lowkey a little bit wants to look
for another insertion lace for the waistband and the drawers cuffs because the one that
I purchased I’m not super super thrilled about. Um…so we’ll see if anything better pops
up; if not then I’ll just use what I have. And while I’m out I might as well just pick
up a yard of twill tape, which I’ll use for the waist tape to go inside the corset. So, that’s also to happen as well. I think I’m going to, um…go into M&J only
because I know they will have the best grosgrain quality ribbon and they are I think also the
only trimming shop in the garment district I’ve found so far that carries silk ribbons
for not $45/yard for a ribbon. Um…they’re usually about 3… 3 or 4 dollars, which sort of makes me a little
bit suspicious as to whether or not they are in fact silk, but they behave very very similarly
to silk ribbon so, M&J is usually my go-to for silk ribbon needs. Joyce Trimming and B&Q which are literally
right across the street are also fantastic for cheap trimmings, so yes. I’m going to M&J which is on 6th, and on the
way I may just pop into two more little dream shops which are East Coast Trimming and Mokuba
which both carry the most beautiful–um, East Coast carries antique ribbons and laces and
beaded trims and they’re just so so beautiful, but they’re so expensive. Mokuba is similar; they make very very high
quality ribbons and beautiful laces, so I may just pop into there and just…just dream
a bit. But, you know. Probably won’t actually buy anything. So, let’s…let’s…let’s continue. Ugh…one day. One day I shall be able to afford Mokuba laces
and ribbons. Today is not that day. However the woman did very kindly give me
some swatches and prices, and now I am very very seriously thinking of just, like, putting
away some money to save up for enough lace to do, like, a glorious, like, 17th century
ruff or rebato with those beautiful beautiful laces. Ok, so I am finished at M&J, I got some nice
ribbons to work with. Weirdly I’m now getting much, much more comfortable,
much less weird about this whole vlogging in public thing, however I have gotten more
and more encumbered with things that I am carrying. So the physical act of vlogging is becoming
more difficult, whilst the emotional, psychological aspect of vlogging is not quite so difficult. Which I guess is the important thing. So, good. Good. Things are happening. Improvements are being made. So that is all I have planned to obtain in
the garment district today. Obviously I did not show you the, like, half
of the really great stores around here just because I didn’t have to go into them; but,
you know what? This could become a series. Come fabric shopping with me every time I
buy stuff. It will be incredibly disinteresting because
I always go to like one store. Or two stores. Never, like, this many. So I guess that was just a bit of a treat. So I suppose I shall see you back in my merry
workroom, aka my home, and I shall show you all of the things that I got in proper lighting. Ok, so I am back from my little fabric shopping
adventures. I mean I suppose you already saw all of this
as I was picking it out and purchasing it but, I mean I guess I’ll just like sit down
and show it to you formally because “hauls” are a thing on YouTube apparently and people
enjoy seeing that. Um, I suppose the lighting is a bit better
in here than it was in the fluorescence of the fabric stores, so hopefully you shall
be able to see a bit better the colors and the qualities of the fabrics and such. So, without further ado, the first thing I
got, obviously, from– from Fabrics and Fabrics, it’s not Lace Star; it hasn’t been Lace Star
for about 7 years, so pardon that–is this green, greenish brownish green, um, wool tartan
that will be the overcoat for Lady Sherlock, but it looks so much better in the daylight. It actually has quite a nice little greenish
tint to it with some purple and blue and little subtle pink striping to it which gives it
some nice depth and texture. So of all of my hunting both here and in England
I think this is the best option that I came across and it is a 100% wool, so it wasn’t
as cheap as I would like it to have been, however he gave me a very very nice discount
on it and, you know, this is a coat that hopefully I will actually wear in real life because
it’s my aesthetic and this is my color palette, so I think I will get some wear out of this
as well, I am very very excited about it. I only bought 6 yards, which I think was under
a little bit? Wait. I’ve got the pattern book right here and they
tell you how much to buy. Oh! “For a lady of medium size they need 6 and
5/8th yards of goods 44 inches wide”. This is much more than 44 inches wide, I think;
I believe it’s 55? I should have plenty of material for the coat,
for the cape, and the ulster coat in the picture is actually much looser fit than I think what
I’m going to make. I’m also not a Lady of Medium Size. And I really only need cabbage to make the
deerstalker hat. So I think I shall have plenty of this. Who knows, maybe I will have extra and will
get to make myself nice and…cabbagey. I found a nice replacement for the skirt/waistcoat
layer at Ayazmoon? I don’t know how you pronounce it. But it’s this dark check, it’s sort of dark
brown, dark red, and a little bit of golden, um, which I’m really happy about; I really
love this fabric too. He says it’s wool, it really–it feels really
nice. It probably has a little bit of synthetic
in it, but it feels really nice and it drapes really nice. So really that’s all that matters. This looks really nice against this, I think
this will make a nice skirt/waistcoat accent and will also I hope compliment the browns
that Noelle is doing for Watson. So I am very very content with my Sherlock
picks, and now I really really want to get started on it. I then went to M&J to pick up some of my little
ribbon bits for my combinations, which are just here, still in pieces. I don’t know when this video is going up in
what order against the combinations video, maybe this is already up? I don’t know? If not, it’s coming soon; but it’s still in
pieces right now in this very moment. So this is–these are the drawers, it’s not
the chemise bit. But I bought this just this little bit of
satin ribbon that will, um, attach at the center front somehow. I haven’t decided how. I haven’t done the research to figure out
how yet, but these will just tie shut because I think, what I perceive in the very horrible
quality grainy reference photo I think there’s a little ribbon that ties it shut in a little
bow at the front. I’m not sure though. It sounds like an appealing and…sort of…”historically
authentic” way to close a chemise. So I bought two yards of this, I think there
will be some tying involved and I may have a little bit extra to do some, some extra
little bit of bow ribbon work, so we shall see. Stay tuned for that if it’s not already up. I bought some 1 inch twill tape which is just
a sort of utilitarian purchase because I need some twill tape to act as the waist tape for
the corset that I’m making for this, the project for which I desperately need to get started
on, um, and of course bought none of the materials for today. Finally from M&J I bought this little bit
of burgundy grosgrain ribbon to be the little ties on the ends of the ear flaps for the
deerstalker. And I think–this is the deerstalker–the
deerstalker is going to be made out of this same coat fabric and I think this is just
going to make a nice little pop of red. I am such garbage for this color, as you can
see by my every article of clothing. I think it will also pick up the reds in this
quite nicely, and it will also match the ribbon that’s going to thread through the lacing
on my combinations. Secretly matching my undergarments with my
outerwear. If that doesn’t say I have my life together
then I don’t know what does. It’s all lies, it’s ok. That was all I set out to purchase. I mean it’s not everything I set out to purchase
but all of those things were on my list of things that I intended to purchase. However, I went into East Coast, which you
saw, and they had a little basket at the front of remnants. So they had this little tiny spool of left
over lace; it’s only 2.5 yards. It was $3 for this; I thought this might be
a really nice replacement for the lace that I was not so fond of for the combinations. This is what I had originally. I’m not really a fan of this flower motif. It doesn’t really scream 19th century to me. Also after spending about 5 days hand stitching
scalloped insertion lace into the chemise and drawers, I am, um, not looking forward
to it taking that long again. So something with a straight edge is going
to go much quicker, I think. This lace just feels better quality, more
durable, and it also still leaves little spaces in between, I think these little flower motifs
that I can split in order to thread the accent ribbon through. I think I’m happy with this; I think there’s
going to be enough here. So that is all I purchased today in the New
York City Garment District; it’s quite extensive, at least for me. This is, like, much more than I ever purchase
in one–one go. I know it’s only like four things but it’s
still. Thankfully at my rate of production, these
are fabrics that will last me for a couple of months worth of projects, and this is a
project that I’m very excited to get started on. I hope you are excited to see it happen. Plot twist, it’s a couple of days later. Meanwhile some of the things that I placed
orders for online have come, so I thought I would extend this magical sewing supply
haul by showing you some of these things. So the first thing that I ordered was a couple
of yards–I think there are 10 yards of muslin here; this is a medium weight muslin, I got
it from Fabric Wholesale Direct, I think. Um, they were having an extreme sale on muslin,
and so I just thought I’d stock up and get a couple of yards of this, just so that I
have mockup material so that I can get started on making the waistcoat and the walking skirt
and the coat for Sherlock, as well as other things, because you always need muslin. The second thing that I purchased from the
online world is this brown silesia, which is a fairly lightweight cotton. Historically it was a glazed cotton; I’m not
sure if modern day silesia is the same thing as historical silesia, but this definitely
does feel a bit, um, coated, and this was commonly used to line waistcoats and coats
in the 19th century. So I bought–I think there are 7 yards here;
there are 6 or 7. Um, and I want to use this to line the waistcoat
as well as the overcoat. And then the thought occurred to me that I
should also use it probably to flat line the walking skirt so I probably don’t have enough
here. However this was purchased from Bias Bespoke
online, they’ve got an online website, but, uh, they are based right out of New York City. I think they’re co-run by one of the costume
shops that I used to work a lot with whilst I was in theatre; that was a really nice discovery. They’re right down on 35th street, so I just
pondered down there to go and pick up this. I didn’t have to pay shipping which was fantastic,
um, and whilst I was back in the garment district, I stopped back into Mood. I was looking for a silk cotton, um, or a
cotton sateen for the corset. I did not find a silk cotton in the appropriate
weight in a nice color. Um, however, I did find this silk satin in
a lovely sort of light coffee color–coffee ice cream, I suppose, colored, um, satin. And I bought a yard of this which is entirely
too much. I probably could have gotten away with buying
a half yard. I’ve never actually made a historical reproduction
corset before, so I’m not sure techically how all of these work. I have a very knowledgeable community of people
behind me to help me which you shall hear more about shortly. So I’m very very excited for this project,
and I shall be starting this–actually today as soon as I turn the camera off. The next thing that I purchased from online
is a 13 inch spoon busk from Farthingales. This is the closure…thing…for the front
of the corset. This is very specific to the 19th century
because of the shape of it. It’s got this sort of spoon shape, and if
you turn it to the side you can see–I don’t know, can you see? It’s got sort of a, um, curved shape to it
down by the belly. In the 19th century it was not the fashion
to have a perfectly flat stomach. In fact it was very much the fashion to slightly
emphasise the belly. Which I find so charming. So I had to buy a reproduction 19th century
busk. Hopefully it’s the right length–it’s 13 inches. There was–there were options between 12 to
14 inches so I picked the average. And in any case I think I can alter the length
of the corset to fit the busk if I need. The final thing that I purchased online is–I
purchased and downloaded the pattern for the Symington corset that I shall be reproducing
for this project. It is reference number 23940, um, it is a–I
believe it’s 1893 to 94 is the approximate date. If you don’t know, I shall be explaining loads
more about this in the actual corset video that I make, but the Symington collection
is a collection of corsets and pattern books that remain from the Symington corset company
that was in operation from the mid-19th century up through the late 20th century I believe? I think it’s now owned by the Leicestershire
County Council Museum and of course they’ve got this massive collection of actual, um,
19th century manufactured corsets, as well as all of the pattern books that still remain. And a couple of years ago they just digitized
some of these corset patterns, put them online, which you can actually view for free, and
I shall link the website to the museum as well as this specific corset pattern down
below if you are curious. So I went through some of the images that
they posted online and picked one that I thought would suit this project and this time period
most, and I purchased a digital download of it. So I’m very very excited to get started cutting
this out and taping it together and making paper toiles and making fabric toiles and
fitting it, and mocking it up, and altering it, and stitching it together, and padding
it. It’s gonna be so much fun, I’m really really
excited to get started on this project. Now that I’ve got all these materials in my
possession, I think I just don’t want to leave my sewing room…apartment…anytime in the
near future and I just want to sit and work on this project for the next, um, couple of
months. So yeah. Back to Historical Bernadette who will give
you a proper outro. Thank you for coming along on this little
adventure with me. If you’re stumbling upon this video and would
like to continue on this journey and see these fabrics get made into a little 1890s/late
19th century lady version of Sherlock Holmes, then do follow along, I think there’s a subscribe
button for that. Otherwise, if we’re just merry olde friends
then, good to see you again; always good to see you. Hopefully I shall continue to see you and
you won’t run away screaming after this video. So until next time I shall be back soon with
some more historical sewing things and meanwhile I hope you have the chance to make something
nice for yourself. K? Cool. Bye.

100 thoughts on “NYC Garment District | Fabric Shopping Adventure!

  1. I was genuinely confused as to what kind of show could make a fabric store famous, thinking it was some kind of sitcom or something, but the minute you stepped into the store, I was like "ahhhhhh it's project runway"

  2. Kim k lied ! Myself thinking out of here Milo ventimiglia wife Kim k getting enegment ring ! I talking story to tom welling, and I talking story to Jason behar . I am sorry . thanks

  3. i just wanna organise it all

    i wanna go and take swatches and be all artsy and stuff
    but i don't need to,
    i cant either lmao
    i live in Aus and i'm a high school student

  4. MY used to be my favorite. Unfortunately it isn't special anymore. Plus half the size. East Coast is beautiful and one of my favorite discoveries. It is the epitome of you.

  5. Oh this is such a lovely video! It's amazing to me the variety and quantity of fabrics and trims available in the garment district! I. makes me wish I lived closer to one of the coasts! Finding exactly the right kind of fabric for a project is sometimes a challenge living in the middle of the country where fabric stores are limited. Maybe someday I'll make a trip up to Chicago and see what I can find up there…. Getting all sorts of fomo watching this… 🤤

  6. I’m interested on what kind of books you read. Can you do a TOP ten books that you love and would take anywhere given the chance? Thanks!

  7. OK now I want to go to New York purely to visit the garment district! It looks like heaven and I would spend all my money there.

  8. This kind of low key made me sad. I wish I lived in a city with a garment district. San Francisco has a few places. It would be quite interesting going fabric shopping with you even if you went into only one place.

  9. Is anyone here old enough to remember the filler music from Peanuts TV cartoons? (A Charles Schultz shout out is always in line.)

  10. You may have officially killed me. Can I get alllllll of the fabrics??? There's only one massive fabric store that I know of where I like and it's nowhere near as big as the ones in this. Uhhhh I want them allllll

  11. The first shop you went to looks a lot like my sister in law's house. They have bolts of cotton, linen and poly/poly mix everywhere. Except where she keeps her buttons, and then she has buttons everywhere.

  12. How I loved this!!!! We have 4 places to buy trims and fabric on our island! Walmart, Ben Franklin’s, Discount Fabric and Vicky’s. Your video is a wonderland in comparison!

  13. I love shopping for fabrics and buttons and such. Unfortunately that's where my stamina ends. In boxes of beautiful things kept safe until the day I get enough creative energy 🙄 and yes from mood and the beads downstairs as well.

  14. This is so great, thanks for making it! I was just in the garment district but had no time to look around because I was on my way to New Jersey. I'm also afraid of fabric being prohibitively expensive, Even JoAnn's has been more than I want to pay and they have little that I want. I passed by a little Indian or Middle Eastern fabric store on my way from Penn Station to Port Authority. Is it possible to get fabric in any of these stores for, let's say, under $15 or $20/yd? I want to go sometime but I'd like to be know how much I should save. I live about 100 miles – or one Amtrack train ride away so I want to make it worth it. Thanks again, and love your videos. You also do your hair similar to mine except I don't do the braid in the back, just leave it down or braided pigtails. 😀

  15. Paradise for you is probably where you always find the perfect fabric at a reasonable price, and all your sewing endeavours always seem to work out perfectly.

  16. I can totally relate to you as I am just a secondary school student so whenever I am in a fabric shop I could only stare longingly at the fine wools. I feel your pain.

  17. Being from Australia and not having many fabric shopping options available that don't require mail ordering, I'm both in awe and envious of the Garment District now

  18. Love your channel. Love your work.
    I wanted to point out something I was shocked to hear you say.
    There is no such thing as Jaywalking. It's a classist and in some parts of the U.S. a racist term.
    I study transportation history as a hobby.

  19. This is such a random comment but I was wondering if you had been to Cordings in London! so much tweed, and they have custom altering too, the interior is great as well. Of course there also many other great fabric and traditional clothing places in London that I’m sure you’d love!

  20. I have had a passion for fabric ever since I was a kid. Not sure why but safe to say I was swooning throughout this video. NY is so amazing.

  21. as someone who works in a 2 isle mom and pop vintage fabric store, those big big trimming stores give me anxiety , OH LORD

  22. Dear Bearnadette, i‘ve seen a lot of books about sewing, design,… in this Video (it‘s fabalous), maybe you can make a Video about them?

  23. gah, the ridiculously large diversity of possible selections are killing me. Living in a small town- one you'd think would have some small business fabric stores- you can't find anything. Gotta make an hour trip for any good shops

  24. "Just a routine check Maam, please walk through the scanner after emptying your pockets"
    sees 8 inch long heavy duty scissors on screen
    "Um . . . "

  25. Oh…my….goodness….at 19:45, sooooo many impressively, breathtaking, and intricate ribbons/trimming. I can see why you want to practically live there!

  26. Do independent NYC fabric buyers exist for small manufacturers? In LA haggling is expected (except at Michael Levine). A sliding scale, higher wage for lower-negotiated price?

  27. 'This actually isn't terrible' not sure I would want to buy a fabric based on that thought. Generally, I look for material content, avoiding all polyesters, acrylics, etc.

  28. Thanks to you I’m making pockets for all my clothes, so like you’re amazing. Thank you for sharing your passion and for being so kind, you keep my hope in humanity alive. Smile because you can! ^_^

  29. Even if you fabric shop in only one store, it would be interesting to me. I enjoyed this video SO MUCH. I really do hope you make it a series: "come fabric shopping with me". I wish I could actually go with you, and this is the next best thing.

  30. after watching this again, I feel that I must take a trip to NY garment district in the future. Time to start saving up.

  31. I grew up in NYC and started going to the garment district at age 11, (1969), I moved to NC 20 years ago and miss all the fabric choices I had. I spent many happy hours there. I enjoyed the tour.

  32. This entire video makes me really excited. My mom is from New York, my aunt went to school in the garment district (I forget the name). Once a year my mom and I come back to New York to spend a weekend with family and I always have a list of places to go. One year we went to the garment district and mom showed me all the places they would go to when in school and actually popped into a store or two looking for lace. I think I’ll suggest a few of the stores you listed so if we have projects of our own lined up when we head back we can see if they have it since our SoCal store don’t always.

  33. I don't know the first thing about sewing and I'm not generally a crafty person, but I'm in love with historic fashions and I've been binge watching your videos all weekend ㅡ! You seriously inspire me to want to try and make a small project and see where it goes from there. Love your style and personality. Definitely subscribed.

  34. Oh my god, virtual fabric shopping is fun. And much safer for my stash. Visiting the vintage trim shop was my favorite. My great-grandfather was a passementerie dealer in NY, so I image him selling some of that! Wish I could have met him…he died in young, 1917 in the flu epidemic.

  35. Please continue your videos in the garment district. That was on my bucket list until I became ill. Believe it or not your show thrills me.

  36. I love going to fabric shops! It's what inspired me to try and make clothes for myself. There're so many beautiful fabrics!

  37. Oh my gosh, all that fabric is overwhelming and beautiful! How do you ever keep focused in there? It’s so much busier than my local Hobby Lobby

  38. I used to go to a small shop on 25th across from FIT. I took my friend in when she was getting married, just to start looking, and we found a gorgeous silk satin for almost nothing and an organza with glittery stars for the overdress. I have to admit, I wanted crepe, which I think would have been prettier, but the dress turned out well.

    On another occasion, I found several yards of black velveteen with green and red sparkles, which they charged me $10/yard for to get out of the store, and it was originally $25/yard, if I remember correctly. I may never use it, but it's beautiful and brings me more joy than Marie Kondo could possibly imagine.

  39. Oh my goodness, 4:45 look at it all!! Obviously you are used to shopping in these places, but I would be completely overwhelmed already at that point. Where to even start?!

  40. I was once a cosplayer and I love to go to the rabbit market to buy the fabric and the trims. Somehow this reminds me of the days when I Browsing the markets are looking for the appropriate fabrics and trims for all the costume😂

  41. I dream of traveling to New York to shop on the garment district. I just had gastric sleeve surgery and kindof want to give myself this trip as a treat once I reach a specific weight goal.

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