Mood Fabric: Not for Beginners

I moved to New York City two months ago and couldn’t wait to venture into Mood Fabric. As a dedicted-viewer of Project Runway and a beginner seamstress, a trip to Mood Fabric was a must-do. For those of you who don’t watch Project Runway it is the fabric store that the competitors use to find the fabric that they turn into masterpieces that are eventually judged by Heidi Klum and crew. After completing the Pinafore Folding Chair cover, I decided I was skilled enough to venture over to the famous store. I compiled a list of materials needed for my next project and made the walk across town to Mood. Unfortanely, like most stores in New York, it has varied hours and was closed.

So today I woke up and decided this was the day I would finally make like a Project Runway contestant and find my way back to Mood. I had heard the store was huge, the fabric selection amazing and the staff some-what rude, so I figured I was prepared for what was to come. Well….let’s just say I was wrong. I took the elevator ride to the 3rd floor with five fashion school students talking about the three-piece outfit they were working on. As I entered the store with my list of materials for a beginner project, the intimidation only grew. Not only was I probably the only beginner seamstress in the store, but the store was huge and I had no idea what I doing.  However, the store was amazing and the fabric selection was the best I’d ever seen. Mood is definitely Heaven for anyone looking for fabric, notions, buttons, etc. So I got to digging.

After close to an hour of drowning in material, I came up for air and had finally found the perfect fabric for my next project. Next thing on the list, one-inch webbing. What’s that? Great question. Panic almost took over as I realized I was in one of the most popular fabric stores in the world, surrounded by amazing designers and about to ask an employee what webbing was. Not only that, but like I said, rumor had it that the staff wasn’t exactly friendly. I got in line behind a woman getting material cut for an evening gown and in front of another fashion student getting fabric for a twill coat. Next thing I knew I was up in line and whispering to the employee about webbing. Thankfully, the rumors were wrong and she was extremely nice. She helped me gather up webbing, D-rings and elastic, and wished me luck with my sewing. For those of you still wondering, this is what webbing is:

After what seemed like hours, I had everything I needed and made my way to the cash register. Along my way, I passed pictures of Project Runway contestants, the store dog, a beautiful re-finished couch and many fabrics that I don’t even know the name of. Feeling a little defeated, I opted for the stairs instead of the elevator, and found my way back to the busy streets of NYC. All-in-all, I’m glad I ventured over to Mood as it really is filled with anything a fashion designer would need. Being surrounded by so many talented people was really inspiring and definitely motivated me to keep with sewing. However, I think I will do my research on all the materials I need before venturing back to Mood again.  Also, I may need to get a few projects under my belt. So, it’s back to the sewing machine for me. Pictures to come…

Thanks Mood!

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2 thoughts on “Mood Fabric: Not for Beginners

  1. pmiller March 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm Reply

    I’ve never watched project runway, but I’ve worked on a few sewing projects with you and perhaps that store should be alerted that you are shopping there! Enjoyed and can’t wait to see your projects…

  2. amben March 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm Reply

    We all were beginners at some point… Lucky you going to Mood! I hope to go there next time I am in NYC.Good luck with your sewing and welcome to the crazy people who love sewing group! It never stops being interesting.

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