NYC Garment District | Fabric Shopping Adventure!
Okay so I'm going to do something today that I never, thought, I would do around here and that is do a fabric, buying adventurous, slash fabric. Haul I never thought I would do this only because I just never ever go and buy masses amounts of fabric at once just because I prefer to save, money to buy little increments, of good. Quality, natural, fiber material, that will make my historical reconstructions, look, a little bit slightly more accurate whatever, that really is instead of just buying large quantities of, fabrics and compromising, on the quality but I don't really have that option today because if you saw my last video you will have heard the announcement that I'm doing a lady Sherlock, Holmes which. Is 1890s. It should be great fun but unfortunately. That does mean that you have to start with the base layers so that you get the silhouette, correct, as you build outward the outer layers however, are the design layers the fabrics that are seen and therefore need to be carefully. Thought out which means that you have to decide the fabric for the outer layers to coordinate, with the inner layers which means that you kind of have to buy all of the fabric at once or at least have picked, the fabrics all at once however if you have ever been to the New York City garment district then you will know that fabrics. Don't tend to stick around too long so if I pick a fabric for say the skirt and the waistcoat now. The coat, fabric that I choose is probably not going to be available three, months from now it will all be okay because because, these are projects that I have planned for that I was planning to do in the coming months it's just a matter of buying, the materials now versus, in, the future I have made myself a list of all of the things that I need to buy it's probably not all of the things but at least the pressing things the fabric the design bits, and pieces you know little things like trimmings and notions I can always just go get at some other point so I think so. I think we should head out now it's bloody, freezing outside, I think it's negative, 4 degrees outside so I'm going to bundle up tightly ugly she'll go head down to the garment district and see what we can find garment, district essentials, if you are following, along at home whenever, I go swatching your purchasing I always have roughly. This array of items with me snacks, of course some water my list of things that I need to buy or swatch for a little, diary to make notes and as well as a stapler, to staple any swatches, into and some. Fabric shears to cut swatches, if I need some of the shops you will have to ask them for swatches, they do not let you cut them yourself most of the shops know me only because I worked in theater for so long and obviously he gave them a lot, not my money which, works in my favor nowadays, but always yes please do ask first watch if you would like when most of them are very happy to give you a swatch ok but do I do the sensible thing and when flat shoes or do I do the, aesthetic, thing and where. Can. Dutchess shoes. Flat. Shoes flat shoes always watches come on haven't we learn this all right let's go. Lately. I mean obviously these. Where's the fabric we're looking for lots of little trimmings and ribbons and things and then of course the coat fabric. Because. So. What I had in mind for the coat fabric was some sort of green. Brownish. Parts and I think Noel is going for. Watson, right dream fabric, was the tartan that I used for the rich, fauna tactic, that's spot on my channel unfortunately. That fabric does not exist anymore I look it's from a little fabric shop on 39th Street that I bought. Several years ago so of course doesn't exist anymore so. I've. Been looking everywhere to try and find a reasonably. Priced, green. Brown wool, tartan, or check to no avail orphan ministry I also looked in, central London and angle talk Road I was in London thinking oh of course you know in England the Haggadah starts in two weeks but sadly. Nothing, quite what I was looking for fair either and then of course it occurred to me oh of course. News. Has, a fabulous, section. And if you are a regular in the New York State garment district will be aware of the Living hellscape, that is mood fabrics, packed of tourists because I guess it's famous because of this TV show or whatever.
When, I was working at the theater was always the person who drew the short straw and had to go into food I haven't been in there in years, but. But. I think it might be worth a little look into, the, shop to see what they have just because, I feel like I don't really want to go into B&J yet because they are quite. Expensive not quite as expensive seconds, ticking but good will be cheaper than in check so I'm going to look there first. Okay. I lied so that first store was day-to-day, which used, to be on 39th Street and I thought it closed years ago but I just want my and if there was just like they, didn't really have evening machi no bevels so. So now I've actually headed to. But. They've redone this whole lobby since I last was here like four years ago my, goodness this is quite glamorous, this, building was the only building I know that had, manual, elevator, operators, for the longest time and now they don't completely. Automatic. This. One so cool this, little stitching detail in it but it's never gonna last look you can do this little scratch test you can see it's just gonna want to pull it right out it's. Pretty good. Duller. Than I would like but this actually, isn't quite, terrible not, entirely, sure that there will be enough, here. But. It's, a good option that's a good option, I'm here with George George, is a follower of this blog and George is just cut me a swatch of this lovely fabric here, fabrics. Mood fabric, oh. Come. Off it you could make this so easily okay. I've just come out of food, I stand, entirely corrected, they were very very friendly there and they have a massive, glorious. Selection of wools. So I shall definitely be keeping that in mind for next time but if you ever do decide to make, the decision to come to me we do come early today because it was much more tolerable. At this very hour of 10:00 a.m. then it is three I didn't buy that nice little wool tweed thing only, because it. Was maybe a little bit dull it's not quite as green as I would like it to be and for some reason I have it my headband I'm going to find something better somewhere. Else in any, of the places that I've already lost I have, a member that there is another shop called lace bar that, is just here on 39th Street it's up on the third floor of a building which i think is right here but I actually don't run with each one I'm gonna go and have a look in there if they haven't closed because, I've been in there in a couple of years but I remembered, I'm having a couple of good a. Goodwill. Section so I'm gonna go have them there if I don't find anything that I'm just gonna have to settle and, buy the board so. There's. A really disappointing, lack of brownish, greens available, in the world things very very, Bluegreen. Look, how cool this is it's like felt it into a tartan pattern to. Last all of three-and-a-half, seconds probably but it's really really cool. Okay. This one's actually not terrible, again it looks much greener in person but it's, very similar to this this, swatch that I've gotten from mood only. It's as you can see it's much greener if I was mistaking, this for. Greenish tinted and mood then this is the most definitely, going to read as much much greener so if I can close it up yeah. This actually isn't terrible. Yeah. You know I think this will do I think, this will do it's, even better is I think it will work really really nicely with miss fabric. That I already have so, if I can find some more of this I think this will make quite a nice little ensemble, this is got this is a bit brighter and it's got a bit more pop of green, colour trouble, with these sources the lighting is so garbage. You often can't really get a sense of what color these things actually are and certainly not on this camera but, yeah. See I'm. Not sure if it's going to be too dull is, it going to be too dull, you. Know what I think, we're just gonna have to do it it's, been months of searching to no avail and I think we just have to do it yeah yeah we're gonna do it. Okay so I did it I bought the world it's, a much much better color in the daylight so and if I'm really really happy that I did it this is the best option that I found anywhere, so far so that was good and the gentleman was so nice he gave me 20% off of it which was a huge. Massive. Massive lifesaver, because I know I'm actually under. Budget for. What I plan on doing there switches which is always reassuring, I know a lot of people will say oh come to 39th Street you can haggle with with. The merchants please, please don't do that the government district is it, dropping. Like flies the, 39th. Street used to just be lined with little, independent. In. Like seven years like left here only. Probably about a third of them are still here and, so these people are not trying to get rich they're just trying to stay in business so yeah, if you come to the garment district just pay that like couple dollars more yard who really really helps them and often times they'll just offer you a discount anyway if you're a nice person and.
If You buy something long-term. So. I'm off to 39 Serena I'm actually on 1323 now I'm. Going to try and look for the skirt and lace coach fabric, hopefully. I can try and find the one there we have so I buy much, more of it it's, either it's one of two stores it's either in, cave metrics which I'm standing outside right now waiting to into or, it's the one couple. Of doors down. Material. World, H&M. The one that doesn't have a name basically because 100, facility in science hang that they're closing which, they have been for about three years so it's all fake so yes I'm gonna go have a look into this shop and see if I can find this lovely. Little world. Yeah, let's explore very nice Street. PSA. This is where I got the fabric for the circle, skirt that I was putting the pocket into in the pocket making video so if you want this. Fabric a and, K fabrics on 39th Street in the New York City garment district it's, still here there's plenty of it. They. Also have some really great wools and shootings here but, fortunately. Nothing in my color I know I've checked in here about five. Times so. My magical hopeful swatch was not from, an k which I sort of suspected, immediately as I walked into it because it's not really. The type of quality thing to think very there and, so I'm gonna go have a look at the other place now but, first afford to stop into a little shop which is right next door called second Steve. Hadn't heard of it's like oh the, most soon worthy goals, if they specialize, in men's tailoring and suiting fabrics which of course is. My, is nothing so of course I can never help but just have a quick look round every time I walk by unfortunately. Their cheapest, fabrics start at $80 a yard they go up to $600. In yellow so it's not currently and probably not for a while anything, I'll ever be able to. Help. Just. To dream a little bit. I. Want. Them all it, just. It's. My skirt fabric but probably five, times more expensive. This. Just. My whole wardrobe out of this please. Particularly. This. I. Know. 39th, Street has a reputation for being the small cheap independent, fabric shops but this is the single exception and it's devastating.
Okay. Enough back, to reality now and back to searching, for affordable, fabrics. Yeah. So unfortunately, I'm not finding it here either and. Now a little bit perplexed, because it doesn't seem like they have anything of vaguely similar quality, to this this, fabric is a surprisingly, decent quality, it's got I thought, it was part synthetic but it's actually got quite a high, content of wool in it my perplexed, as to where I bought this because I have, paid a lot of money for it if I, was. Just buying a two-yard piece that I was maybe going to make into a skirt one day but had no actual project, plans for it's possible that I bought it at hamed which is just another couple doors down so I will go and have a look there but yeah. Yeah. The, flexing no, on second thought I might have gotten in from the fabric garden I'm gonna go have a look in there first a bit late I always hide such great things from that I forget they have such a good rule section so I'm gonna go have, a look they're more. Home we'll see. This. Is so quintessentially. 39th, Street just, pondering. Through these narrow, lanes. Of fabric. So. No luck at fabric garden or at the Med which is but, you, know what that's life fabrics. Don't tend to exist two, years after you buy them so that was a long shot anyway I. May have a ponder into, a Yasmin. Which, is the last fabric, shop remaining, on. Seventh Avenue, side. Don't jaywalk I can't. Imagine why, I would have bought it there I don't usually go in there. A little, bit creepy in there so, I avoid it when I can but they, do have some good fabric so maybe, maybe, I bought it there I don't know let's have a look all, of that over there used, to be beautiful, fabric, and notion and supply stores. But they've closed them all I guess. They're going to build something that they perceive to be richly more important but I can't imagine what. Ok. So I wasn't expecting to find anything in there except I did find a suiting, wool that works fine, with the coating fabric that I found so my fruitless, search for this one specific, fabric that doesn't exist is because.
Like I've gone to something else they do have really nice fabric there but it's such a difficult. Experience, because, he, does this thing where he says name your price name your price and it's like well well what I'm gonna name is not what you're gonna charge, me and. So that that's of the trick I think I got a. Price for it if. It is indeed 100% roll which, may. Or may not be the case because they don't you know they don't they don't list their box I've. Always been a gap but we'll do a burn. And find, out if, indeed we page the correct amount because if, it is 100% world and I. I'm, there at the end of 39th Street I'm at 39th, and 7th, there is a pret right here and I think I'm just going to go in and have, a cup of tea and sit down for a minute then we shall continue East and down to 38th Street where we shall explore some turning surface. We. Are headed, to the trimming, the district's area of the garden district what biggest thing that I don't have yet is going. To get lining for the I think. Menswear. Were made reliant, with sort of a light citation. Just. Like a glaze and, I know there's a pretty good line. But they do that just because I think that might be cheapest. Option the other thing that I didn't get is I did not get a silk for the corset, which, is actually, convenient. My next project and I should have the battery for that I'm not sure if I'm going to go back to the fabric world and see if I can find it so before again, for. Something. Maybe. Or like a cotton sack or a consultation, I'm not sure in which yet and, I'm not sure with color yet so. I'm. Looking for some just grow green ribbon to go on the heap for, for. The deerstalker the Hat for Sherlock now that I've got the fabric I can look for a matching to throw green ribbon for, the little ear flaps as well as I'm not too big for these little silk ribbon about, tie, combinations. Together which I did not buy for whilst I, was originally purchased. Project. Part, of me Loki, a little, bit, for. Another insertion, lace for. The waistband and the drawers copses, because the ones that I have purchased I'm. Not super. Super. So. We'll see if anything better pops up. It. Will take for Julian's for the waist tape I. Think. I'm going to go. In to M&J because I know they will have me best grow great quality, ribbon and they are also I think the only trimming, shop in the garment district I found so far carries, silk ribbons for, not 45 dollars a yard burden, they're. Usually about three three or four dollars, which. Sort of makes me a little bit suspicious as to whether or not they are in fact you silly but, they behaved very very similarly to silver itself, M&J, is usually my go-to for some ribbons needs joy stripping, and B&Q which I literally right across the street are fantastic, first they, go yes I'm going to Nha which is on six and on, the way I may just pop into two two, more little dream, shops which are East Coaster by. Which both carry the most. East, coast carries antique, ribbons. And laces you need it it's, so so, beautiful but they're so expensive, mokuba. Is similar, they make very very high-quality ribbons, in beautiful. Places so. I made us some pop into there and just just. Dream of it but we. Both actually play anything. We're continued. One. Day one. Day I shall be able to afford. Today. Is not that day however the woman took very kindly give me some swatches on prices and now, I'm very very seriously, thinking of just like putting. Away some money to, save up for enough place to do like a, glorious. Like. 17th. Century Ruffer Roboto with those beautiful beautifully. Okay. So I've finished to M&J I got some nice ribbons to work with weirdly, I'm now getting much much, more comfortable much less weird about this whole vlogging is public saying however I have. Gotten more and more encumbered, with things, that I'm carrying. The physical, act of LARPing is becoming more difficult West, the emotional, psychological. Law. Game is not, which. I guess is the importance oh good, good things. Are happening, improvements, are making so that's all I have plans to obtain in the garment district today obviously, I do not show you like it's half of a really great story around. Here just because I think you go into them but a, series. Comment. Average shoppings made every. Time I find stuff it would be incredibly this interesting because I always go to like one store or, two stores I've, never like this money so. I guess this is a bit of a treat I suppose I shall see you back in my merry workroom aka, my home I shall. Show you all of the things like on improper, lighting.
Okay, So I am back from, my little fabric shopping adventures. I mean I suppose you already saw all of this as I was looking. It out and, purchasing, I mean I guess I'll just like sit down and show it to you formally, because poles are, a thing on YouTube, apparently, and, people enjoy seeing that I suppose, also the lighting is a bit better in here than it was in the fluorescence, of the fabric store so hopefully, you shall be able to see a bit better the, colors and the qualities. Of the fabrics and such so. From. Fabrics and fabrics it's not lay star it hasn't been laced star for about seven, years so pardon that it's this green. Greenish. Brownish, green, wool. Tartan, that will be the overcoat. For Lady Sherlock but it looks so much better in the daylight it actually has quite a nice little greenish. Tint. To it with some purple. And blue and little subtle, pink striping to it which gives it some nice depth and texture so of all of my hunting, both here, and in England I think this is the best option that I came across and, it is a 100% wool so it wasn't as cheap, as I would like it to have been however, he gave me a very very nice discount on it and you, know this is a coat that hopefully, I will actually wear in real life because, it's. My, aesthetic, and this, is my color palette so I think I will get some wear out of this as well I'm very very. Excited I only bought six yards, which I think was under, a little, bit wait. I've, got the pattern book right here and they tell you how much to buy for, a lady of medium size they need six and five eighths yards of goods 44, inches wide this, is much, more than 44 inches wide I think I believe it's 55. I should have plenty of material for the coat for, the cape and the bolster. Coat in that picture is actually much looser, fit I think what I'm going to make I am also not a lady of medium size and I really only need cabbage to make the deerstalker hat so I think I shall have plenty of this who, knows maybe I will have extra and I will get myself something nice, and Capucine but I found a nice replacement. For the, skirt. Waistcoat. Layer at I. Assume. I don't know how you pronounce it but it's this dark. Check. It's sort of dark brown dark, red and a little bit of sort of golden, which, I'm really happy about I really love this fabric - he says it's wool it really it feels really nice it probably has a little bit of synthetic in it but it feels really nice and it drapes really nice so really that's all that matters this looks, really nice against, this I think this will make a nice skirt, waistcoat, accent, and we'll also I hope compliment, to the Browns that Noel it's doing for Watson though I am very very content, with my Sherlock picks and now I really really, want to get started on it I then went to M&J to pick up some of my little ribbon fits for, my combinations.
Which Are just here still in pieces I don't know when this video is going up in what order against, the combinations, video maybe this is already up I don't know if not it's coming soon but it's still in pieces right now in this very moment though this is these are the drawers it's not the shimmies bit but I bought this just this little bit of satin ribbon that will attach. At the center front somehow I haven't decided how I haven't done the research to figure out how yet it's like these will just tie shut because I think what. I perceive, in the very horrible, quality grainy, reference photo I think there's a little ribbon that ties it shut in a little bow at the front I'm not sure though but it sounds like an appealing and sort, of historically. Authentic way. To close. A chamois so I bought two yards, of this I think there will be some tying, involved, and I may have a little bit extra to do some some little bit of extra bow ribbon, work so we shall see stay tuned for that if it's not over yet I bought some 1 inch twill tape which is just sort of a utilitarian, purchase, because I need, some tulle tea to act as the waist tape for the corset, that I'm making for this the project for which is pretending, to get started on and. Of course bought none of the materials for today, finally. From M&J I bought this little bit of burgundy, green ribbon to be little ties on the ends of the ear flaps for the deerstalker, and I think this is with your stalker the, deer stalker is going to be made out of this same coat fabric and I think this is just gonna make a nice little pop, of red I am such garbage, for this color as you can see by my every, article I think, it will also pick. Up the Reds in this quite nicely and it will also match the ribbon that is going to thread through the lacing on my combinations, secretly, matching my undergarments with my outerwear if that doesn't say I have my life together then I don't know what does all lies okay.
That Was all I set out to purchase I mean it's not everything that I set out to purchase but all of those things were on my list of things that I intended to purchase however I went into East Coast which you saw and they had a little basket, at the front of remnants, so they had this little tiny spool of left over lace. It's only two and a half yards it was three dollars for this and I thought this might be a really nice replacement, for the lace, that I was not so, fond, of pretty, combinations, this is what I had originally I'm not really a fan of this flower. Motif, it doesn't really scream 19th, century to me also after, spending about, five days hand stitching, scalloped. Insertion, leaf into the shamisen doors I am. NOT. Looking forward to it taking that long again so some even this straight edge is going to come watch quicker I think this place just feels better quality, more durable, and it also still, leaves little spaces in between I. Think these little flower motifs that I can split in, order to thread the, accent. We've been through I think I'm happy with this I think there's going to be enough here so that is all I purchased, today in the New York City garment district it's quite. Extensive, at, least for me this is like much more than I ever purchased and one one, go I know it's only like four things but it's still thankfully. At my rate of production, these, are fabrics that will last me for. A couple of months worth of projects, and this is a project that I'm very excited to get started on I hope, you are excited to see it happen, plot, twist it, a couple of days later I mean while some of the things that I place orders for online have come so I thought I would extend, this, magical. Sewing. Supply hole by showing you some of these things so the, first thing that I worked was a couple, of yards I think there's 10 yards of muslin, here this is a medium weight muslin I got it from fabric, wholesale. Direct I think they. Were having an extreme sale of muslin, and so I thought I'd just stock up and get a couple of yards, of this just, so that I have market, material so that I can get started on making the waistcoat and the walking skirt and become, for Sherlock as well as other things because you always need muslin the second, thing that I purchased, from the, online world is this brown Silesia, which is a fairly. Lightweight cotton historically. It was a glazed cotton, I'm not sure if modern-day, South Asia is the same thing as historical, site Asia this definitely does feel, a bit coated. And this was commonly, used to lying waste coats and coats. In the 19th century so I thought I think there are seven, yards here there are six or seven and I want to use this to line the waistcoat as well as the overcoat and then the thought occurred to me that I should also use it probably to flatline be walking skirt so I probably don't have enough here however this was purchased from bias bespoke, online. They've got an online website but they are based right out of New York City I think their Co run by one of the costume shops that I used to work a lot with whilst, I was in theatre that was a really nice discovery, there right down on 35th Street so I just pondered down there to go and pick up this I didn't have to pay shipping which was fantastic, and.
Whilst I was back in the garment district, I snuck back into mood I was looking for a silk cotton or. A cotton sateen for, the corset, I did not find a silk cotton in the appropriate, weight in a nice color however. I did, find this, satin. In a lovely sort of liked. Coffee color, coffee ice cream I suppose colors, I. Bought. A yard of this which is entirely too much I probably could have gotten away with buying half yard I've never actually made, a historical. Reproduction. Corset, before so I'm not sure technically. How all of these work I have a very knowledgeable, community, of people behind me to help me which you shall hear more about shortly it's, like very very excited, for this project and I shall be starting this actually, today as soon as I turn the camera off the next, thing that I purchased. From online is a 13, inch spoon, busk from farthingales. This is the closure thing, for the front of the corset this is very specific to the 19th century because of the shape of it it's got this sort of spoon, shape and if you turn it to the side you can see I don't know can you see, it's. Got sort of a, curved. Shape to. It down by the belly in the 19th century it was not the fashion to have a perfectly flat stomach in fact it was very much the fashion to slightly emphasize, the belly which, I find so charming, so I had. To buy a, reproduction. 19th, century bus hopefully, is the right length it's 13 inches if there was there were options between 12, to 14, inches so I picked the average and in any case I think I can alter the length of the corset to fit the bus if I need the final thing that I purchased, online is I purchased, and downloaded the, pattern, for the Symington, corsets. That I shall be reproducing. For this project, it is reference, number, two, three nine four zero it. Is a I believe it's 1893. 294, is the approximate, date if you don't know I shall be explaining loads more about this in the actual corset, video that I make but the Symington collection, is a collection of corsets, and pattern, books that remain from the Symington, corset, company, that was in operation from the mid 19th century up through the late 20th. Century I believe I, think it's now owned by the Leicestershire, County Council, Museum and of course they've got this massive, collection of actual, 19th. Century, manufactured. Corsets, as well as all of the pattern books that still remain and a couple of years ago they've just digitized. Some, of these course of patterns put them online which. You can actually view for free and I shall link the website to the museum as well as this, specific, course of pattern down below if you are curious so I went through some of the images that they've posted online and picked one that I thought would suit this project, in this time period most and I purchased a digital, download of it so, I'm very, very excited to, get started cutting, this out and taping.
It Together and making paper twelves, and making fabric, twelves, and fitting. It and mocking it up and altering. It and stitching it together and padding it it's, gonna be so much fun that I'm really really excited to get started on this project now that I've got all of these materials in my possession I think I just don't want to leave my. Something through apartment. I need time in the near future and I just want to sit and work on this project for the next couple. Of months so yeah back to historical, Bernadette, who will give you a proper outro, thank, you for coming along on this little adventure with me if you're stumbling upon this video and you would like to continue on this journey and see these, fabrics get made into a little 1890s. A late 19th, century lady, version, of Sherlock Holmes then, do. Follow along I think there's a subscribe, button for that otherwise, if we're just merry old friends but good to see you again always good to see you hopefully, I shall continue to see you and you will run away screaming after, this video so until next time I shall be back soon with some more historical. Sewing things and meanwhile, I hope you have the chance to make something nice for yourself okay. Cool. Bye.