We did a little bit of planning ahead of time. We knew we wanted to go to the theatre, so we bought tickets to see Phantom of the Opera. We reserved a parking spot. And we got in touch with my sweet cousin who lives there so we could meet up with her for dinner.
At my dad's insistence (I told you he was awesome, right?) we went to Mood. Having never been to The City before I didn't know the proximity of the Garment District to Broadway, so when I found out, it was a no brainer. And, of course, why should I go to just one fabric store, when there are so many others so close? That's right, we squeezed in one more that always gets rave reviews in the blogosphere--B&J Fabrics.
My first time in a fabric store can be really overwhelming, especially when I'm not looking for something in particular, so I was a bit apprehensive at first. But B&J is really great because of the way it is organized. They hang about a half-yard of each fabric on a hanger with a label and grouped together based on some sort of logic. This really helps make looking through the fabrics so much easier.
Then we braved the rain and made it over to Mood. The first person I saw when I got off the elevator was Koon! I wanted a picture, but chickened out, telling myself that he was busy working and it would have been rude. Oh well.
That store sure has become a tourist destination (at least I assume it has) since Project Runway. They have all sorts of memorabilia and they were buzzing. I walked the aisles and took in all the fabric. I shop fabric with my eyes but mostly my hands. There was a lot to touch in there.
When we left Mood my dad surprised me with a book he picked up there, Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible, signed by Mr. Gunn himself. To tell you the truth, I'm a little worried about reading the book--I might need to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe.
|Dressforms--kinda creepy, that's why I had to take a picture.|
|Dad, waiting for me while I was upstairs at B & J.|
Well, on to the rest of the trip. Phantom was awesome! The sites were super cool. And dinner at The Smith was delicious and all the better with some wonderful company.
Thanks Dad! Let's do it again.