So, last week was just crazy busy, but a fun busy!!! I headed up to NY City with hubby for a work event. He worked and I shopped!!! What a perfect combination. LOL! The time was short and the weather was stinking cold.
We got in Tuesday at around noon, had lunch and then checked into our lovely hotel. He headed to work and I headed to the garment district.
My first stop was to the exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology. It was a small exhibit, but the gowns on display were exquisite and the information about the gowns, fabrics and history was very interesting and well done.
Look at the beautifully draped skirt and bodice on this dress! If I remember correctly, it was silk chiffon.
Of course I had to take a picture of the fabulous smocked bodice of this dress – just exquisite!
This pair of dresses were equally pretty. The embroidery on the sheer cotton silver muslin was executed perfectly and done in silver filament thread and it was gorgeous. I wish I’d been able to get a closer picture, but alas, that wasn’t allowed. The gown next to it was a sheer cotton organdy.
I immediately thought of Kari Mecca and her embellishment techniques when I saw this dress.
I did manage to get a closer view of the embroidery at the waistband. I wish I’d taken a notebook to write some of the details on these beautiful dresses! The beaded embroidery was stunning and the embroidery at the waistline set it off beautifully.
This was a very unusual dress because of the very open weave of the fabric. They referred to it as a “knit” because of that. The fringe at the hem was part of the fabric and not something that was sewn on afterwards. Very interesting.
This dress was another beauty and the description of it was all about the fabric details. I was drooling over the lace!!!
Yet another gorgeous dress with beautifully draped bustle in the back and more gorgeous lace!!!
There were many more dresses and each had their own history of fabric, stitching techniques, etc. I was thrilled to be in NY to see this exhibit! I heard that the next exhibit will be even more fabulous than this one, so I am considering another visit later this year – hopefully when the weather is warmer!
From there, I headed to the fabric shopping. Oh my!!! I had some places selected that I just had to see, and then others that I just passed by and walked into. It was like being a kid in a candy shop!!!
My first stop was Mood Fabrics. Endless bolts of fabric to look at, touch and dream about! There was everything from home dec to bridal to leather hides and everything in between! It was so overwhelming that though I thought I took a picture, apparently I didn’t! I walked through the bridal section/floor, but then headed to the cotton floor and I did have to take home one piece of fabric. Isn’t this a fun piece of dotted Swiss fabric! I don’t know what I’ll do with it yet, but it looks like a summer sundress or top for one or 2 of the little girls to me!!!
I stopped in a few other stores and managed to snag one more piece of fabric before heading back to the hotel. The hotel was about a mile from the garment district, so not a bad walk. My second fabric purchase was from a shop on the 9th floor called Metro Textiles. You have to already know about these places. It is a pretty eyelet that I see as possibly the summer beach dresses for the girls. It is cotton, eyelet and already has a wrinkled look to it, so no ironing required! Perfect! And it’s turquoise, so I LOVE that!
I also loved the color and weave of this lavender fabric, so bought enough of it to make a couple dresses as well. The color is much prettier than my sideways pictures shows. LOL! All little girls love lavender, so I’m sure that this will be a hit.
After a short rest and a change of clothes, we headed to a little French restaurant nearby called Le Parisien Bistrot where we had dinner reservations. It was a tiny restaurant with delicious food!!! I would highly recommend it if you’re in the area.
All in all, day 1 was a great day with 2 happy purchases, dinner with hubby and on the way back to the hotel we stopped and got a nice bottle of wine to enjoy in our room. Perfect day!
Stay tuned for day 2!!!