Planning a trip to the Garment District in New York City? We’ve got a store to add to your must-visit list. It’s called Fabrics & Fabrics, and it’s located at 270 W. 38th Street on the third floor. The store has the most scrumptious selection of designer silks, brocades, wools, knits and more, and most of it is neatly arranged so you don’t have to hunt through bolts piled on top of each other.
Penny Payne, fabric editor, and Carlos Correa, Vogue Patterns designer, visited the store last week to source some lace fabric, and I went along with them to hunt for fabric for the V1467 pea coat I’m making as part of our sewalong. We all struck gold. This store is also a favorite of sewing educator and Threads contributor Susan Khalje.
If you’re looking for bargains you might be better off along W. 39th Street, but if you love sewing with the same designer fabrics you see on the runway, then this is a store you need to see. You also get lots of personal attention. Fabrics & Fabrics does have an online presence, but it doesn’t come close to matching the volume of fabrics you’ll find at the Garment District store. Worth a visit!
This Tracy Reese dress for Vogue Patterns is the last of our summer on-location photo shoots. Can you believe our model Karen needed to return to her regular McCall’s job of art directing?! We shot these photos in the Chase Bank plaza across the street from our office. (Managed to get in a couple of shots before a security guard gave us dirty looks, forcing us to scurry away.)
Karen loves this dress pattern and we do too. The lace and the contrasting lining are a striking combination, especially when you make it in black like the designer did. You could sew it yourself in lace and mesh, or try it all in a lightweight brocade and not worry so much about the contrast lining. This is a great dress to wear to a wedding or summer special occasion.
To help you sew it, we took photos of the inside of it and posted them to our Pinterest board “Detail Photos: Vogue Patterns.” The inside is almost as pretty as the outside:
When we were looking for dresses for Karen to wear for this photo shoot we almost said no to this new Butterick B6203 pattern. On the hanger it looked pretty…though a little plain. But then when Karen put it on and we paired it with the belt and shoes, we did a 180. It’s so cute, right?!
The great thing about this pattern is that it comes in multiple cup sizes, which will help you get a slim fit in the bodice area. And if you don’t like the skirt with tiered layers you can make it without. Comes with a cap sleeve version as well.
For fabrics, a lightweight cotton sateen with some Lycra would be cute and comfortable. Florals are big this spring and summer, or try a tropical print. Ooh, maybe a gingham? Make it in red check to match your barbecue tablecloth. (Just kidding, but maybe not, could be kinda fun.) Keep your fabric choice on the lightweight side, unless you’re going for a retro poufiness with your skirt.
Do you like these on-location photo shoots? We had fun doing them. We were able to get Karen (the model shown here who is actually our associate art director) to do one more of these shoots before her other duties claimed her, darn it. Maybe we can do some more when the fall patterns are out. Stay tuned!
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Another Fashion Sewing & You video is here! Jennifer of Workroom Social produced these creative videos with McCall’s and they’re all about inspiring you to think like a fashion designer with the patterns you sew. The latest video is perfect for the ’70s fashion trend we’re experiencing now:
Speaking of fringe, check out this very groovy pattern I found in a 1971 McCall’s catalog:
That guy’s mustache reminds me of Roger Sterling, so pardon me while I weep about Mad Men ending. Did you watch the finale? I’m going to miss the clothes from that show as much as I’ll miss the characters. Personally I liked seasons 6 and 7 best for the clothes, when styles loosened up a bit. Which season of the show had your favorite looks?