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What I bought in NY

I didn't really plan to buy fabrics in New York. Fabrics are heavy and I didn't want to pay extra for overweight luggage. But when weighing my suitcase on departure, I was quite a few kilo's off the maximum weight allowed, so ... I did buy a few fabrics and special notions.

Notions: ribbon for making welts as described in Kenneth Kings book 'cool couture' and rattail cord for piping (also in his book). I already loved this book and have written often about using it. It was so nice to meet the author in person and hear some background stories


I bought zippers too. 1.50$ for 5 good quality pants zippers, which is about half of the price of what I have to pay here for 1 quality zipper!

And very special: a long riri-zipper on which I had a special pull attached. I've read about these zippers and Nancy used them on a jacket last year. I can agree that they look and feel very special.

Here it is on one of the fabrics I bought. Don't know whether this will be the combination I'll use.


Small houndstooth fabric for a pair of pants.

Black wool, as always very difficult to photograph black, it is a very soft textured wool.

Silks, probably both will be used as lining, though I could use the plain one as a blouse too.

There was so much to choose from. Next time (whenever that will be) I must make a more detailed shopping list and plans for specific projects and what I need for them.

A new tool:  I didn't buy this, it's a lovely gift from Nancy. I tried it already and it's so helpful. Thanks again!

Now I have to decide what I will sew first. It will be no surprise after seeing above fabrics that the main colors of my fall/winter sewing are black and white.

Don’t know if I’m up to the jacket this weekend (still a bit of a jetlag feeling). It is the Burda jacket I wrote about earlier.

And thinking about using this bouclé, together with plain black edges.  Any thoughts on this combination?


  1. Nice haul. Glad you enjoy your trip. I'm very interested in the KK techniques you plan to try using the rattail cord and the ribbon.

  2. I love your idea of using the bouclé and black border for that jacket!

  3. I really like what you purchased in NYC. I think the fabric combination sounds perfect for your jacket.

  4. Sounds like a great time in NYC. Know what you mean though, about needing a clear list when heading into the garment district, Thanks for reminding me! I will buy Riri zippers for sure, they're just awesome.

    Like Kay - who I see is wearing the jacket in her avatar :) - I'd say the black outline would look great on the jacket but it's easy to test without wasting much fabric. It will probably highlight your narrow waist and small upper body - not a bad thing!!

  5. Love the idea of the boucle with a plain border.
    I did warn you ahead of time to make a list. There are just so many choices it becomes overwhelming. When I started shopping in the garment district there were many more shops and there is still more to choose from than almost anywhere else. I miss not getting run over with by the rolling garment hangers though. It added a flavor to the area that is missing now.

  6. Great fabrics! And, that pincushion is awesome. I've had mine a couple of weeks, and it is the best pincushion ever!

  7. Beautiful fabric choices! and the pin cushion is on my list :)

    Where did you get the bouclé? I love it.

  8. Your jacket plans sound great, look forward to seeing it when your jetlag has worn off!

  9. Isn't Kenneth King a talented, entertaining person? At the PR sewing weekend, he had us all laughing as he told stories about his experiences with his book publishers, and demonstrated his embellishment techniques.

    This jacket is one I want to sew someday. I think it will look wonderful in the boucle with solid black bands.

  10. I am so glad to see you made it back home safely. I bet the kids are glad to be with their friends and not with mom and dad! I can't wait to see what you sew with your NYC purchases, and I am so glad I got to meet you!

  11. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip to NY! I love that jacket pattern and using a border will really look nice. Can't wait to see it!

  12. Love the boucle and I think the black border will be very nice.


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