This past weekend was the NYC sewing blogger meetup with Lauren of Lladybird and sadly, I couldn’t make it because of obligations at work. But that didn’t stop me from doing some shopping at home! Ana of Toil and Trouble and I hit the city in search of fabric and patterns and stopped at Grey’s Fabric and Notions in South Boston. It was my first visit to the store and I didn’t leave empty handed, that’s for sure.
Sarah Grey, the owner, stocks pretty much every awesome indie pattern company a modern sewist could want. I was bowled over at the selection of patterns and drooled over ones I have never seen in the “wild,” only online. I mean come on, look at that selection! Colette, Sewaholic, Deer and Doe, Sew Liberated, Jamie Christina, By Hand London, etc.
What I like about Grey’s is that the selection of fabrics and notions is geared more towards garment sewing. Not only were there quilting cottons, but also a great selection of knits (bamboo, rayon, modal, cotton), some great blouse weight polyesters, silk dupioni, cotton lawns and voiles, and some home dec weight fabric as well. And check out that ribbon and rick rack table! I scored some petersham ribbon for a waistband facing, which I can’t wait to try.
That zipper wall is too awesome for words.
So here’s what I got! I couldn’t pass up the chance to buy the Elisalex Dress from By Hand London and Sureau Dress from Deer and Doe – I’ll get to use my French degree for sewing, haha! I also found the perfect fabric for my Archer shirt for the sewalong starting on March 18, a blue voile from Art Gallery Fabrics. And just as I was wrapping up, a funky floral Alexander Henry home dec fabric jumped out at me and seemed perfect for an a-line skirt for spring.
Grey’s Fabric and Notions is a must-visit place if you’re in the Boston area. Sarah is nothing but welcoming and helpful – she showed Ana on-the-spot how to install a zipper for the Hollyburn skirt pattern she wanted to make and we talked about patterns we liked and sewing bloggers we follow. Oh! And she’s hosting Sarai Mitnick of Colette Patterns next month! I know I’ll definitely be there for that, wearing my (hopefully finished) Jasmine Blouse and Clover Pants.