By West Village Bill
On a day off from work yesterday, I visited Mood, the fabric store in New York's Garment District that everyone knows from Project Runway.
that show—and a guy I used to work with who made his own funky-print shirts—to "someday" give shirtmaking a whirl. My sweetie remembered me mentioning that eventual goal, and so he gave me a beginner's sewing machine for Christmas.
I've got a lot to learn about sewing because I haven't touched a machine since eighth-grade Home Ec class. I bought a book that appears to be the only English-language one on shirtmaking. And I went to Mood today to get some tools, such as fabric shears, the book said I would need to get started. And also some printed cotton fabric that will eventually become a shirt and some plain, cheap muslin to practice on.
My friend John, who's visiting from Austin, Texas, and I got to the store about 5:30. I wasn't expecting to run into Tim Gunn and a group of contestants at that hour, but I was sure hoping Swatch, the cute little dog who hangs out at the store, would be there.
basset hound and corgi were no doubt strong. He was a very friendly woofer who enjoyed the attention we gave him.
The endless variety of fabrics was almost overwhelming, even though I'd decided to limit myself to all-cotton prints. A guy who worked there pointed me in the direction of the cotton shirting fabric. There were some beautiful solids, plaids, and very subtle prints in that section, but I wasn't going to buy one when my whole reason for getting into this project was to avoid those kinds of patterns or nonpatterns.
Later, I told that guy that I wanted to get some tools, and he told me to go to aisle two, where I found no scissors but did find this stuff.
I couldn't resist taking a photo of the sign at left, which marks the location of perhaps the gayest fabric ever.
I finally settled on the floral print in the top photo. I got two yards of that, three yards of muslin, and spools of dark-blue-gray and white all-cotton threads. "Thank you, Mood!"