This Friday I am heading into the city to visit my daughter and of course do a little fabric shopping as well. Shopping in the garment district can be overwhelming so doing a little advanced leg work can be the difference between coming home with what I need and walking out of the fabric shop looking like a deer caught in the headlights with no fabric to show for my efforts. This is SO MUCH CHOICE - not that I am complaining, but without a game plan, I just get overwhelmed and ending up buying nothing, or worse yet, not buying enough of a particular fabric. As brick and mortar fabric stores become fewer and fewer, whether you are heading to NY or another destination where you will have access to one or more fabric stores, it is important to be organized so you can get the most from the opportunity. So this post outlines my game plan!
First up, I spent an evening looking through the new fall patterns that are out and well as reviewing my Pinterest Boards where I have pinned patterns and design details that I want to sew. In particular I reviewed Fall Sewing, Things I want to Sew, Sewing Inspiration, Details, Stripes and Powerful Plaid (if you follow my boards you will see when I add additional finds).
Next, I reviewed my existing wardrobe and noted what pieces I could use for Fall. In particular I noted that I really could use a few comfortable fall dresses and a skirt or two. Reviewing my wardrobe gave me some ideas on colors that would fill gaps and create new outfits.
With those thoughts in mind, I picked out a few patterns that I wanted to sew and listed the patterns along with the fabric and notion requirements as new projects in the Sew Organized App on my phone. The App is free for both iphone and android and is simple to use. I picked out the following patterns:
Both of these dress look warm and comfortable. The Talulah dress would be great for fall made up in a rayon knit and for the Butterick Dress I am going to look for a French Terry.
For tops, I chose this Burda Wrap blouse (I have had my eye on this pattern for several years)
For skirts, I already have a lovely black wool that I purchased last spring and never got to. After the success of my Extra Sharp Pencil Skirt, I am going to make another and line it this time. I also included the Woodland Stroll Cape on my list. It would be a fun piece to have for fall and I have several coating fabrics picked out for it.
Which brings me to the next step in the process - several of my favorite fabric stores in NY (which you can read about in this post), now have their fabrics on line; including Mood, Elliiott Berman, Metro Textiles. and B and J Fabrics. I spent a few evenings window shopping via my computer and noting which fabrics I am interested in. Mood has a wish list feature and I saved all those I was interested in to my wish list. Now when I get to Mood and am surrounded by 3 floors of fabric and can't find what I am looking for, I can just pull the fabric up on my phone and ask a helpful sales person! it will also help me prioritize which stores I need to get to if (actually when) I am running short of time.
Finally, I entered my measurements as well as my daughters into the App so I have the information that I need if I find a wonderful and unexpected fabric! I will be back next week to let you know how I make out, but if you are on instagram, check out my posts and stories today because I will be posting as I go along! Wish me luck!