If you are a Project Runway fan like me, then you have probably watched the designers on the show with envy as they browse the endless aisles at Mood Fabrics every week to get fabric for the next challenge. So for my trip to NYC last month this fabric mecca was at the top of my list of places to visit.
Could it really be as fabulous as it looks on TV?
YES. Uh-huh, yep.
First of all, in classic New York fashion, to get to Mood, you enter a fairly nondescript building in the heart of the garment district, step into an old-fashioned elevator with a manual sliding door, and an elevator operator personally takes you up to your floor. Moments later the operator slides the door open and you are magically transported to fabric heaven.
A view from the floor at Mood Fabrics in New York City.
You enter the first of three large floors and 40,000 glorious square feet of floor to ceiling fabrics to die for. When I walked in my eyes got as big as saucers and my mouth was open in a constant “oh, my” as I slowly turned every corner and looked down aisle after aisle of fabrics. Honestly, I think I was momentarily paralyzed because I simply didn’t know where to start. And did I mention the drop dead gorgeous young man working there who asked me if I needed any help finding anything? What more could I possibly ask for?
Stocked full of designer fabrics in every variety, there were so many beautiful textures and prints, and endless color variations. I got lost in the jersey knits aisle as I tried to find just the perfect shade of green jersey for a dress, out of say 20 green shades of jersey. Crazy. Part of me just wanted to buy every pretty, shiny fabric I saw, as if I was going to be shipped off tomorrow to a desert island where there are no fabric stores and I needed to buy a lifetime fabric supply on the spot. But then I got a grip and tried to focus on buying a few fabrics I simply couldn’t live without. (My advice is to always buy fabric you absolutely love, because then you will go home and sew it right away instead of just storing it in your stash.) I settled on a few beautiful shades of silk jersey and splurged on a stunning silk chiffon print.
While checking out the third floor European wools and suitings, Valerie Mayen, one of the designers from the current Project Runway season (she was “offed” in Episode 10), was suddenly shopping alongside me. Could this day get even better? I think not. Since the store was closing in 15 minutes, I let Valerie shop in peace, and made my way to the cutting tables and the checkout line.
Yeah, this was good day.
So if you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Mood Fabrics, put it on your list for your next trip to the Big Apple. I can’t wait to go back! And if you’ve been to Mood or Britex in San Francisco (another fabric store destination) or had a similar euphoric fabric shopping experience, tell me about it in the comments! I’m always looking for new fabric stores to visit during my travels.