Rollin’ With the Punches

Christ, that only took like 5 hours to unsuccessfully dye….

Little Red Monster,
You are the bane of my existence.

Ever since I bought and dyed my cotton bobbinet, I had already had the sneaking suspicion that I didn’t have enough fabric for my skirt. However, in an effort to save money aka avoid spending more money temporarily, I avoided the situation. Come yesterday, I couldn’t avoid it any longer. It became overwhelmingly apparent that I needed at least another 3 yards to have an acceptable dress length.

So today, I make my way to Mood and of course, the cotton bobbinet I had purchased was nowhere to be seen. If I had had anything in my stomach, I most definitely would have thrown it up.

I knew B&J and Rosen and Chaddick both had similar bobbinets from previous sourcing but both had been 3x the price which is why Mood had been such a steal. Being stubborn as usual, I first headed over to Lace Star with high hopes of them having something slightly similar. And hurray they did! The only thing was that it was $59.95 a yard.

This is when my day gets better. When the man rolled the fabric out to show me, I noticed it had huge water stains everywhere on it. He and the lady (I think she is the owner, don’t deal with her unless there is no one else in the store and you have to) got nervous and first offered it to me for $40 a yard instead. I ended up leaving the store with 2.75 yards for $40. Happiness!

Now I get to find out if the stains will dye out. I’m pretty sure it will, but you never know. Matching deep shades when dyeing are a major pain because somehow it never ends up being the exact shade you need it to be. After five hours of hovering over my stove, I called it quits. Didn’t really help to have that it was past 2am and there was no sunlight. All I can do is keep my fingers crossed for now…

Some Fabric Resources

225 W 37th St 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10018
As Featured on Project Runway, Mood carries a wide selection of many different textiles. Only problem is they buy left over rolls and don’t replenish their sources. If you see a fabric you love, buy it right away because chances are, the next time you go it won’t be there anymore.

B&J Fabric
525 Fashion Avenue 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
Probably my favorite store to swatch from but my least favorite store to buy from. B&J Fabrics has some of the nicest and most beautiful fabrics in NYC, but beware of their prices. I always try to exhaust other resources before buying from them, they usually are just are not within my budget.

Rosen and Chaddick
561 7th Avenue 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
Fabric quality here is great, I typically do not come here because they carry the same stuff as everyone else.

225 West 37th Street 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018
In the same building as Mood, Preview actually sells through Mood, but I find it much easier to go up in the elevator and see the fabrics for myself. Specializing in silks, they have over 100 colors in all sorts of different silks. Most of their silks are woven in Korea making their fabrics surprisingly affordable and they also have a super convenient swatch station.

55 W 39th St 14th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Calamo is another great vendor that specializes in different silks. A tad out of the way, but their prices make up for it. The sweet old lady in front is always kind and the staff is very helpful.

C&J Fabric
230 West 38th Street 7th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Located in the same building as Mood but on the other end, they have a large variety of different fabrics and color cards to choose from. I find their silks are slightly more expensive than Preview, but they have other fabrics that Preview does not. Always worth checking out, especially if you’re already in the neighborhood.

Lace Star
215 W 40th St # 1
New York, NY 10018
Primarily known for their laces, they do also carry a lot of other different fabrics. Get help from the man and if you are gutsy, you can leave with an amazing bargain.

Trumart Discount Fabrics
261 7th Ave
New York, NY 10001
Definitely a FIT student favorite, if you are willing to dig this place has many hidden gems. The man is very helpful to students and tries to get you the best deals. However, it is Jewish owned so be aware of their slightly obscure store hours.

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