I just got back from NYC. I went to see my little sister. She just had her first baby. My nephew is an adorable, smily, charming, gorgeous, absolutely lush little thing. But, we all know how much work new babies are, especially precious first borns. Even the good ones don't sleep for long stretches and seem to need nursing all the time.
|He just turned 3 months old while I was there!|
She had an entry level brother sewing machine. Other than being very lightweight, it was a nice little machine with a good straight stitch. A newbie sewer could do some proper dress making on a machine like that without having to make much of an initial investment.
|Brother CS-6000i, I think she found it on sale for a little over $100.|
The second sewing related activity was the garment district. Oooooooo
When my sister and nephew went to a Mom and Baby group one afternoon, I headed on down to the garment district, armed with Meg's information about all the shops. Without her, I would never have known that shops would be anywhere but the ground level. It was a wonderland. I wish that I had more than an afternoon to explore it, I could have easily spent a week. But the time I had in NYC was short and very precious, and I preferred to spend it with family.
|The fashion Centre also produces maps and guides, but I found Meg's well edited blog more user-friendly for an outsider.|
|I bought two very soft and drape-y lambskins.|
It was great advice. I'm glad that I didn't miss these stores. Mood had an amazing selection of fabric with lots of hard to get colours. I was very tempted by some mustard coloured knits and some wool/cashmere pumpkin coloured coating. But I really had spent all my money, so I left empty handed! At Pacific Trimmings I bought some buttons and snaps and closures. I even saw Gretchen of Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing fame looking at buttons. I said nothing and ignored her, this you see is the polite, British way of dealing with celebrities.
|There is always enough pocket change left for a few buttons!|