Sunday, August 29, 2010

Final Fabric Fling of the Summer

Elizabeth organized a Pattern Review Shopping Day for Aug. 28, 2010, just days before my summer vacation ended and I was due to go back to work.  It was a wonderful way to end my vacation on a high note. I always have a great time fabric shopping with the friends I've met through Pattern Review and it was wonderful to add new friends to the list.

Metro Textiles (265 W 37th St) and Elliot Berman (225 W 35th St ) agreed to open on Saturday especially for us and judging by the full bags and rolling suitcases, everyone found something to purchase at those stops.  There was no way we all could have fit into Metro Textiles at one time so we divided into two groups and conquered Metro Textiles and Elliot Berman separately.  Then we reassembled and went to Mood for more shopping and to practice our Tim Gunn "Thank you, Mood!" impersonations.

Half the group at Elliot Berman
Remembering how overwhelmed and exhausted I was after PR Weekend 2010, I came with a very short To Do List.

√  1.  Get fabric to make a dress for my best friend's retirement party.  I found this jersey knit at Metro.  The party is at the end of September, so this project moves to the beginning of my queue.

2.  Find blouse fabric to match bottomweight recently added to my collection.  It's hard to tell from the photograph, but this cotton/silk blend is a perfect match for the teal bottomweight.

3.  Get eighteen red buttons for a knit top that's been in the queue for months.  I've been wanting to do more with knits.  This fabric has been pushed back many, many times because I prefer sewing wovens.

Since I successfully checked all of the items on my To Do list,  I treated myself to this bonus piece:

I have no idea what I'm going to do with this French cotton from Elliot Berman.  I just liked it!

These PR shopping excursions are really fun.  There are few things better than spending time and talking with people who are as passionate about sewing as I am.  Kudos to Elizabeth for planning such a great experience and kudos to co-commander Carolyn.  I'll be watching the PR message boards for the next outing.


  1. Thanks for posting this. I had the best time too, even though I overspent my budget! I am so happy to have finally met you. It was a pleasure.

  2. Lucky you and a great way to end your summer vacation!!! Like your French cotton fabric from Elliot Berman

  3. It was great to see you again! And contrary to how much I was teasing you, you did step outside your comfort zone with those awesome print pieces!

  4. Sounds like a great Saturday, Elaray, and nice pieces purchased for your garments.

  5. ooooh, i love that cotton print from Elliot Berman! I'm sewing up the cotton I bought there, it's sooooo nice to work with. Wow, this stuff is going to spoil me ;)

  6. Sounds like so much fun and you found some very nice fabric.

  7. It was a pleasure seeing you again and your short list includes beautiful pieces.

  8. Oh, I am so sorry to have missed this event but wedding planning and last minute sewing kept me very busy this weekend. Looks like you had a few great finds.