Living in Chattanooga leaves you with one fabric shopping choice - Jo-Ann's. To my dismay, I've found that Atlanta is not much better, though it does have Gail K Fabrics, that is okay, and Forsyth Fabrics, that is actually amazing, if you are in the market for upholstery and home decor pieces. So, on a recent amazing trip that included time in New York and Paris I was lucky to be spoiled with fabric shopping in both!!!
I've ordered some things from Mood, but on-line ordering seems rather risky to me...though I loved the things I got. So, of course, I was thrilled to get to visit the sewist mecca in person. It was fabulous chaos...but a bit overwhelming!! This video captures it pretty well: MOOD!!!! I didn't end up getting anything there....this time!!!
I checked out Metro Textile as it is mentioned on many sewist's blogs and instagrams. It's a pretty small place, on the eighth floor of its building (if I remember correctly) and yes, I met the famed, slightly cantankerous and exuberant Kashi! I picked up this rather substantial knit (not a scuba, though) that I'm think of using for a dropped waist dress or maybe a flippy skirt:
|M7244 knit dress? OR M6842 flippy skirt?|
I wandered in and out of many places. If you are looking for sequins and sparkles there are streets full of nothing else!!! But my favorite shop was this one: B and J Fabrics So organized. So fabulous. So wonderful!!! I actually LOVED every piece I saw!!!! Here are my prizes....
|Thinking of a short version of S8125 (Mother's Day Dress) out of this soft and beautiful Liberty of London cotton.|
|Maybe another S8014, full skirted shirt dress from this pretty pale blue cotton with red embroidery?|
|Maybe the A-line version of S8014?|
|This cotton flannel is soooo soft and cozy. A tunic maybe?|
Once in Paris, B and I were traipsing through all the streets at the base of Montmartre and the Sacre'-Coeur for en tissu!!!
Tissus Reine was amazing. Interestingly, they sold Liberty of London cottons for only 25.90 Euros per meter while they will cost you $36.95 a yard in New York!!!! Just letting you know!!! Thinking of simple blouses from the two Liberty prints below....
|I know! This fabric is quintessential Provence table cloth fabric....but I think it will be a lovely midi length Hollyburn skirt next summer!!!|
|I have extravagant (for me!!) plans for this jewel toned (rather cheap) silk...if it is silk...seems a bit more like a crepe. I'm planning a top from the Grainline Studio's Linden sweatshirt with this fabric as the body and a knit for the sleeves, neck and waist bands???!!!!|
|That was all she wrote!!!|
|Though ordered from Tessuti in Australia more recently...soooo excited!! And look how prettily packaged!!!|
Enjoy your plans, whatever they include!! - love, c
PS....One of these things is not like the other....in that....it's already been used to create TWO BEEE-u-tiful tops!!!