Readers, I have such exciting news to share: MPB Day is nearly here!
Saturday, August 11, from 11 am -- 5:30 pm WHERE?
We will meet outside the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum entrance at Seventh Avenue and 27th Street. See that sculpture below? That's the place! (Directions here.)
Thanks to the generous donation of an anonymous billionaire, MPB Day is completely free. In fact, last year, many attendees made money by re-selling their flea market finds, fabric scores, and assorted valuables found in the trash. (Those who want to purchase food or buy fabric are encouraged to bring a little extra cash.)
1) We'll start by visiting the new FIT exhibit, Fashion A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum at FIT, Part Two. You can read about the exhibit here. (I took a brief peek a few weeks ago, and it is wonderful.)
2) Next, we'll grab lunch just around the corner at Brown Cup,
a spacious, air-conditioned, self-serve cafe on Eighth Avenue and 27th St. (We'll be
there from approximately noon to 1 pm -- late arrivals can meet us
3) After lunch, we'll stroll approximately ten blocks north to the Garment District and visit some of our
favorite fabric and notions stores, including Mood*, Paron's, Sil Thread, Pacific Trim, Chic Fabric, and It's a Material World. (If there's a store you especially want included, please
let me know.)
We will likely split up into groups: "high end," "mid-level,"and "dumpster."
*Meg over at Mood has arranged that MPB Day participants will get a 10% discount -- and a free Mood tote bag! Thanks, Meg!
We'll shop away the afternoon and perhaps grab a quick pick-me-up at the cafe in the Japanese bookstore, Kinokuniya (Japanese pattern books fans, this is your place), on Sixth Avenue near 42nd Street.
4) Finally, we'll rest our weary pins in Bryant Park, where we'll relax, compare fabric finds, and maybe even sing our favorite MPB Day hymns and carols!
Expect the day to wind up around 5 - 5:30 pm. Early Bird Special!
Those who wish to begin the day earlier can meet me at the 25th
Street entrance to the Chelsea Flea Market at 9:30 am and spend an hour
or so hunting for treasures! We'll meet outside The Garage, just west
of the southwest corner of Sixth Avenue and 25th Street.
I'll be posting reminders over the next four weeks, but please RSVP by sending me an email at peterlappinnyc at gmail dot com, so I can get an idea of who's coming (and how many cupcakes to bake).
If you know you'll be joining us at the museum, the flea market, or Brown Cup, let me know that too.
PS - This is a rain or shine or heat wave event!
You can read about last year's fun-and-fabric-filled event here. Hope you can make it!
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!