Day 2 in the NY Garment District

As promised, I will continue showing pictures of the garment district in NY.  On day 2, after a delicious breakfast in the hotel, I headed to the garment district to visit the stores that were on my list.  I was bundled up warmly since the temperature was in the teens.  Well, I got about 1/2 mile from the hotel and my legs and bootie were freezing, so I ducked into Macy’s and found the lingerie department.  I purchased some Cuddle Duds long johns and put them on under my jeans to keep warm.  LOL!  That was exactly what was needed!!!  Back out into the freezing weather.

There are so many stores to see and such a variety of fabric available to buy, it’s almost overwhelming!!!  I enjoyed window shopping along the way.  I did duck into a few stores just because the fabrics looked interesting.  One of those stores was A & M, Ayazmoon Fabric Store.

They had LOTS of beautiful African Wax cottons in the front window and I immediately thought of one of our refugee women in the sewing school where I volunteer.  I thought I might make a purchase for her.  However, the instant I set foot into that store, the 2 men started in on me.  One of the men followed me through the entire store – walking just 3 feet behind me.  Grrr!!!!  What?  Did he think I was going to run out of the store with a bolt of fabric?  The fabrics were beautiful and the prices were good, but being watched and followed like that was very offensive to me and the verbal harassment to purchase something was equally bad.  I left without purchasing anything!  I would not recommend going there.

I found another store called Gray Line Linens.  This store was all linen fabric – every color, weight, weave that you can imagine!!!  Of course I had to make a purchase there!  I have a beautiful piece of blouse weight aqua chambray linen from this store!  I am thinking a tunic of sorts would be pretty.

There are stores that are so specific to particular things, like the store front that was just feathers and sequins.  I didn’t go in, but couldn’t resist taking a picture of the store front.

I also visited notion stores, including Pacific Trimmings and SIL Threads.  The amount of zippers and buttons in all of the different notion stores is unbelievable!!!  You really have to have something in mind when you shop.

Rows and rows of zippers in every different color and style.

You can find any kind of hardware for making purses, totes, etc. as well as every imaginable tool for pressing.

One of the stores with the most beautiful fabrics that were displayed so nicely was Elliot Berman.  They had gorgeous cottons for men’s shirts and every bolt had samples attached to it that could be taken.  They also carried beautiful wools for suiting.  I could have purchased LOTS there if I was short on fabric!

There was no shortage of trimmings to purchase in the various stores.  Floor to ceiling trims of every kind imaginable!!!

Another store with just as much to offer.

More zippers!!!

The buttons available at the various stores was incredible!!!  So, so many to choose from.  Look at the beautifully painted wooden buttons!!!

I did manage to find some pretty aqua, mother of pearl buttons that had to come home with me.

I am thrilled that I got to visit all these stores and look forward to the next time I’m in NY city!  I will go with a plan.

I managed to get back to my hotel room just before the snow started!

I was glad to be inside where it was warm!

Today the painters are supposed to return to finish up in my kitchen.  I’m ready to have this project finished and my kitchen supplies back in place.  I will be sewing something while they work!

I hope you have a wonderful day stitching something that you love.

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