Snow fell all day over New York City. The streets were very slippery but thankfully it was not bitterly cold and windy. I felt up to the long trip into Manhattan. I currently live in a neighborhood where only the local train is available. Weekends bring many changes to the other lines where I can transfer. So I decided to stay on the local and read “Dior by Dior” and revisit the early years of Christian Dior’s career. I was rewarded for my effort when I made it to Mood Fabrics.
Mood Fabrics is located at 225 West 37th Street. There is a street level store where home decorating fabrics are sold. To reach Mood Fabric’s nirvana for the home sewista, you must enter the office building next door and take the special elevator that goes direct to the third floor.
When the elevator doors opened I felt dazzled and uplifted. Here was a little lobby that looked like the formal reception area of a showroom. At the entrance to the shopping area I had to check my totebag and then was free to browse the many, many, many offerings.
There are two levels I had the time to browse through. The first was filled with aisles of well organized bolts of silks, satins, organdy, and other fabrics suitable for dressy clothes. What isn’t on a shelf is in a large circular bin. Sales Associates are available in every section to answer questions, pull the bolts and help you make a selection.
My vision for the Betty Joan outfit is very practical. I want to wear it while I’m out and about on a weekend. I knew I wanted a conservative, chic look to the outfit and decided to go with all natural fibers now that I am sewing for myself. I was directed to the lower level where cottons, denims and shirting fabrics are available.
Selecting fabrics, trims and threads is not something I do well on my own. I like to have a knowledgeable Sales Associate answer my many questions as we review what is available. I am happy to say that the Associate who helped me was excellent and in less than 10 minutes I had my skirt and blouse fabric.
Selecting the buttons took the most time. There are just so many that I had to look and look again. There were some novelty buttons in the shape of hearts and stars that were very cute. I had to resist, though, because they just did not pull together the look I had in mind.
I finally chose a simple button that has a dark grey center that matches the color of the skirt fabric. The lighter grey at the edge of the button blends nicely with the blouse fabric. So here we have my choices: charcoal grey poly/cotton denim for the skirt; 100% cotton shirting in a soft white background with a grey paisley design.
Mood Fabric is a place a sewista can get lost in for hours of delightful browsing. For this reason I think it is wise to have some clear idea of what you are looking for before going. This way you do not wear out your Sales Associate with endless journeys to and from the shelves. Since I had a screen capture of the pattern envelope illustration that inspired my interpretation of the style that also made it easier for the Associate to offer suggestions.
I’ve already hand washed the fabric so that it is pre-shrunk. Once it is dry I can cut it out and begin the adventure in bringing this style to life.