Post # 1
Does anyone know of a good fabric store in NYC? I need to get swatches tonight for the curtains I’m going to have made. I’ve heard of Mood fabrics before and I might swing by since it’s on my way, but any other recommendations?
I’m looking for somewhere that will be open after work, has a decent selection and isn’t totally scary or intimidating.
Post # 4
The only one I’ve ever heard of is Mood (and that’s just from Project Runway).
I think there was another one they used in later seasons.
ABC Home might have fabric as well, but they can be really expensive.
Post # 5
@KatNYC2011: I almost said “anything but ABC” in my original post, lol!! They are actually having a sale right now so it’s a great suggestion, but they’re so expensive to begin with that their ‘sale’ means fabrics are like $150/yard instead of $300/yard. I”m definitely not in the market for that – maybe one day though!
Post # 6
@moderndaisy: Haha, I’ve never looked at fabric there but just assumed it was expensive.
What about wandering the garment district near where FIT is? I’m not sure if they are open after work, but I know I’ve seen lots of fabric on display walking by them.
Post # 7
@KatNYC2011: I will definitely be in the garmet district walking around so if something looks promising I’ll head in. I’m a total amateur though so I am nervous!!
Post # 8
@moderndaisy: I would have no idea where to start. I wish you luck!
Post # 9
Looks like there’s a few Calico Corners in New York and Jersey, but not NYC. I’ve bought nice upholstery fabric there before. You can also order swatches online.
Post # 10
Mood, the one from Project Runway. The ladies in there will answer any question that you have and lead you to the right fabic if you need more help. I have only spoken to them on the phone, but they were more than helpful.
Post # 11
@tksjewelry: Thanks! Yes, I’m definitely going to Mood first, from what I can find online it seems to be the most suited to my style.
@JoJo Bananas: Thanks for the suggestion, that is a great idea especially if I can’t find anything I love in NYC for a reasonable price. I guess I could really do this entire process online if I had to, but I like to see the entire bolt in person if possible so hopefully I will find something!
Post # 12
@moderndaisy: I think the best idea is just to walk around the fashion district. I find that the best stores are 37th – 39th between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. The people there are always so helpful. Are you going to sew the curtains yourself? That’s pretty cool. Sorry, I don’t watch Project Runway so I don’t know Mood but I do know that there are lots of cool fabric stores in that area I mentioned.
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Decorator’s Best is FANTSTIC for fabrics that are used in home decor. They beat my local shops by $10 per yard on the fabric I used for wedding projects.
Calico Corners is a total rip off. If you’re willing to go out to Jersey, there two AMAZING fabric stores to check out Milton Fabrics in Lodi, behind the Wholesale Liquidators/Home Depot complex on Rt. 17.
The other store is called Decorating Exchange and it’s in River Edge (but very close to the Riverside Square Mall in Hackensack). Be aware that this store carries very high end fabrics, like Kelly Wearstler’s Gordian Weave, which retails for over $200 per yard.
Here’s an album of pictures I took when I went to Milton’s and Decorating Exchange: https://picasaweb.google.com/101614227942330344965/FabricShopping?feat=flashalbum#
Miltons (bolts downstairs, books upstairs):
Decorating Exchange (mostly books, not as many bolts):
The clearance room:
Post # 14
I would go to mood, they have a huge selection and fun/funkier fabrics. Plus the elevator ride is a total throwback; I have a vendor in that building so I ride it a lot.
The only issue with just wandering around is that a lot of the textile shops in that area don’t carry home fabrics, those are a little more downtown. Also some of the really good fabric stores (like mood) are in showrooms so you’ll miss them just walking around.
Maybe when you go to mood, ask them if they have any places to suggest for whatever you are looking for, they are really helpful!
Good luck, and don’t let the garmentos creep you out.