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Wool Jersey and Fabric districts

Earthmother | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I didn’t see anyting for the felting wool jersey here, but a couple of years ago, I found some fabulous wool jersey on sale, did not like the color, and felted it in the washing machine. Then I dyed it, cut two pieces for a long a-line skirt, and simply sewed the two side seams. No zippers, no buttons, and the wool gives to hug your body. I love it-in winter, it’s like wearing a thin blanket, it’s flattering, and if I could I’d make 5 more! I have had a hard time finding wool jersey since, for the same price. I also make my own felt fabric, but it doesn’t “give” or drape like wool jersey.
Speaking of finding fabric, I am going to NYC on June 30th, and would LOVE to hit some cool fabric stores. I’d like to bargain-hunt a little…I don’t have THAT much cash to spend. Threads had an article on finding fabric in NYC several years ago, but businesses change, so…any locals with suggestions?


Edited 6/12/2007 1:45 pm ET by Earthmother

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  1. Fruzzle | | #1

    I don't live in NYC, but I do manage to fabric shop there a couple of times a year. My favorite thing to do is to just wander the garment district -- around 40th St between 7th & 8th Avenues. You'll find that the stores tend to gather like with like (to a really surprising extent -- there's a tiara street for wedding apparel, and I once found a half block dedicated entirely to boas & feather goods).

    Garment district stores are to my mind cheap -- their major market is wholesalers. Check signs on the doors of stores to see if they sell retail. Some are wholesale only.

    1. Earthmother | | #2

      Thanks! I love to wander NYC and get "lost"...as lost as one can get on the grid. Any favorite stores you can recommend?

      1. Fruzzle | | #3

        Actually, I have to confess not looking at the names of the stores -- I usually just wander.

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