You make have already seen it over on Gingermakes, but a few of us are meeting up this Saturday to do some fabric shopping in the garment district. (If you live in the NYC area please join us.)

Although, yes, I have access to some of the best fabric shopping around living in NYC, it's still more of an ordeal to get there and actually shop than it ever was before. I can't just jump in the car and buy those buttons I forgot at the local JoAnns for instance. As a result I want to be very prepared for this trip.

I put together a little document with the items on my "to sew" list, what fabric, yardage etc. that I need for them, and some pics of inspiration with each. It's a pretty ambitious list, I realize, and I may not get anything on it, but I want to be prepared just in case. Otherwise I worry that I will just wander around without any purpose and waste the trip being in awe of all of the options.

Here is the plan:

Fabric Shopping List

Megan Nielsen Maternity Skirt - knit fabric, 1 yd 60”, 1 ½ yds 45”, 1” wide elastic, ¼” wide elastic

Blazers - linen or cotton or ponte knit 2 yds 60”, 2 ½ 45”, lining, buttons, interfacing

tshirt maxi or knee length dresses - knit fabric 1 - 2 yds 60”

Victory patterns Roxanne tunic - light weight flowy fabric, 2 ¼ 60”, 2 ½ 45”, light weight fusible interfacing ½ yd
Easy Gathered Skirts - 2 yards of cottons or rayon challis, 1” wide elastic

Thick cardi / wrap - ponte or other thick knit/wool blend - 2-3

So I am curious. How do you like to shop for fabric. Do you go in with a strict list, or do you wander and let the fabric inspire you?