Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

Linen, Mens Suiting, and Dress Shirt Fabric

Posted on | March 29, 2010 | 10 Comments

Last week while I was in New York I took a quick little trip over to the Garment District for some fabric inspiration. My first stop the Fabric Czar— a men’s suiting and custom tailoring shop on West 39th street. I was searching for a light gray window paned wool with a red accent for a side chair in my den. I found a few I liked with yellow and brown accents but no red. The store is a feast for the eyes. Along one side is cotton stripes used for men’s dress shirts. The majority of the space is a collection of fine wools and plaids. I wouldn’t say it was cheap. Most of the fabrics I choose were about $60/yard. It’s still unclear to me if this shop is wholesale or retail or both. When asked if I could purchased using credit they said, cash only. But sometimes I feel in the garment district I have to really tough and kinda pushy to really get a straight answer.

Across the street I popped into Gray Lines Linen. The store is full of upholstery and drapery grade linen fabric. I’ve been searching for a striped linen to make a duvet for my bed. Fyi most of the stripes I found are on the very top shelf which is really hard to see when you first walk into the store. The staff was really helpful and showed me a stack of samples and allowed me to take a few home. The three I choose were 60″ wide and about $4 a yard (they were running a special). Insanely cheap and really great quality. Now which one to choose for a duvet?

p.s. my sister bought a bolt of linen from Gray Lines that we used for two chairs, a tufted bench, and a tufted headboard. All came out beautiful!

Looking for more resources in the Garment District? Click on the related post links below.

Fabric Czar
257 West 39th Street (Garment District)
New York, NY
(212) 475-6666

Gray Line Linen
260 W. 39th Street (Garment District)
New York, NY
(212) 391-4130

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Pleated Slipcover, Cable Pillow and Linen Crewel

Posted on | March 27, 2010 | 13 Comments

I was down in New York for a few days this week. I have a few fun fabric resources to share but let’s start with this sweet slipcovered wing chair I spotted in my sister’s bedroom. My sister scored the chair at a tag sale for around $20 and then had it slipcovered in white cotton duck with decorative pleats. The chair is a nice little reading spot in her bedroom and the pleats give it a little femininity that I love.

Check out the adorable handknit gray pillow my sister got for her birthday from her very clever crafting friend and fellow home renovator, Emily. Gray is a great contrast against the white upholstery. Maybe I’ll make gray cable pillows for my bed instead of white? Below my sister’s bed with some beautiful vintage fabrics she has scored at fleamarkets turned into pillows. I have about 3 yards of the linen crewel I might make into Euro size pillows for my bed too!

p.s. the paint on the walls is Grey Timber Wolf by Benjamin Moore.

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