Friday, November 30, 2007

Kashi Convert - Building by Must(sew)stach

The Internet is the thread that binds us sewers together (major pun intended). Yet and still I wish I could spend some in-person time with you all to pick your brains and have sewing meets. Fortunately one of my favorite blogistas (feminine pronoun for blogger...I made that one up, lol), Carolyn, commutes to NYC for work and I stole a few moments of her precious time. She took me to Metro Textiles in the garment district were I met the owner, Kashi. What a lovely soul this man is AND he has good taste!! I didn't see a fabric I didn't love. After about an hour, I lit up the AMEX card and bought these awesome fabrics at a great price. I wobbled home on the train with these 2 big bags and a HUGE cheesy smile on my face.

Delicious, no?

Needless to say, Carolyn did impart some valuable knowledge. The main being how to approach fabric shopping in general. I have the tendency to think up a garment, look for a matching pattern, the think of the fabric I want, then go to the store and *attempt* to find a match which is often time leads to disappointment. This is not how designers nor Carolyn shops for fabric. She taught me how to fall in love with the fabric FIRST, and let it dictate how it will dress you. I then realised how many times I walked into a fabric store, saw something beautiful, and passed it on because it wasn't in my plans. I'm definitely a convert! Since I don't have your mailing address, Carolyn, this is for you:


Dear Carolyn,

You are Awesome. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Cindy




In other Cindy news:

Wednesday was my Honnie's birthday! I took the day off and spent it with him in Philly. He did have to go to class so I took the car and went down to Fabric Row on South 4th and picked up some notions. But not before I accidentally ended up on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and going into New Jersey 0:) I'll be going back next Wednesday for our 3 year Anniversary. (YAY!!)

today *Sigh* I've been having digestion issues for the past 2 weeks which can only be attributed to my own I'll be home this weekend...sewing though I'm not feeling very well. I didn't even go to Sfactorimproper eating habits. (Note to Self: Add healthy diet to New Years Resolutions. End note.)

18 comments :

Adrienne said...

I can't WAIT until I get to the garment district!!!!!! I am going to have to ship my stuff back home! LOL

Erica B. said...

Great stash!

latoya said...

hopefully I get some time to pop in next week, I'm trying to go to MoMa and FIT Museum. I love all your new stuff! tfs

Cidell said...

That woman needs to open a tutoring / hand holding service. She sold me on all this beautiful fabric that I wasn't planning on using. But, it does just speak to me!

Cidell said...

Oh. wait. talk to me about that orange and black (hopefully) knit. I may have to call him up. I am emailing you now for a photo.

Kat said...

Lucky you! When I was at Metro Textiles a few weeks ago I bought 4 lovely prints and was kicking myself for not buying a beautiful boucle. Great fabrics, great deals, and what a guy Kashi is! Just love his place and wish it was in my backyard!

Lashell said...

NIce stash. You betta watch out it will start to take over your house the way my stash took over mine.

Mimi Jackson said...

Oh Cindy... Had I known you didn't know Kashi, I would have told you to RUN to Metro long ago! I find that the only drawback of his shop is that it isn't laid out in a way that is particularly comfortable for the retail shopper, so I end up doing a lot of impulse buying there. His prices are great though, huh?

There are also some Metro-like stores in Queens... you'd be suprised!

Berry said...

What a great choice of fabric. I went to the blog, you're so lucky to have such a store close to home.

Sheila said...

Love your fabric purchases.

christina said...

What a great haul! Looks like you have plenty to keep you busy now.

Hope you get better soon.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Cindy ~ I am glad that you had such a great time! I did too! I am also glad that you made it home safely...I was a little worried about you getting on the A Train with those bags! And I was more than happy to spend some quality time with you at Kashi's...even if it meant that 13 more yards of fabric followed me home! *LOL* Any time you want to do it again, just drop me a note!

Karen said...

Kashi is as truly dangerous man. I want almost everything I handle in that store, and he's just so helpful, suggesting things you would never think of but end up looking great. I always buy more from him than all the other stores combined.

Philly doesn't have anywhere near what NY has, but next time you're headed this way, drop me an email - I'd love some company fabric-shopping, and it's always great to meet another fabric-holic.

Sheri said...

That is a very nice selection of fabrics. I have to make my way over to that fabric store to find some fabric I can stash as well.

Linda said...

Cindy, in reading Carolyn's blog, I found my way to yours. Carolyn is such a great enabler when it comes to fabric. She is a great sewist and has such good fashion ideas. I love your haul from Kashi. I have yet to visit his store in person, but having fabric envy I have ordered from him based on fabrics pictured on others blogs, like Carolyn. Happy sewing!

gold said...

Wow nice fabric you had good reason the smile!

Lovely said...

Ummm.. let me get a yard or two of some of your stash?? I am coveting your new purchase something tough! LOL

Anonymous said...

on a completely different note;your 'digestion' issues. Have you been taking antibiotics for anything? 2 years ago I had some issues that got progressively worse over a 2 week period.I'm very healthy so imagine how shocked I was to find that I had c-dif brought on by antibiotics for a root canal (I was blaming my college age daughter for giving me ulcers!)A one week hospital stay cured me but it was VERY scary and VERY dangerous. Don't mess around, go to a docter!!! And everyone else; eat yogurt when on antibiotics.