Miyong's resources list
- 1 Information about Miyong
- 2 General Guides
- 3 Fabric Shops
- 4 Trimming shops
- 4.1 Novelty Pom Pom
- 4.2 Botani USA
- 4.3 Metropolitan IMpex
- 4.4 Metalliferrous
- 4.5 Match Feather
- 4.6 Toho Shoji Inc
- 4.7 Trims de Carnival
- 4.8 Daytona
- 4.9 Pacific Trimmings
- 4.10 Bhen Products (Sandaga)
- 4.11 B & J Florist Supply Co
- 4.12 Tender Buttons
- 4.13 Hyman Hendler & Sons
- 4.14 Fred Frankel & Sons
- 4.15 M&J Trimming
- 4.16 Hai Trimmings
- 5 General crafting supplies
- 6 Blinkies and Glow products
- 7 Accessories & Jewelery
- 8 Sewing Supplies, Notions and Patterns
- 9 Fake Fur
- 10 Hat/Headpiece Materials
- 11 Specialized Fashion & Costumes
- 12 Fabric Dye & Supplies
- 13 Face and Body Paints
- 14 Plastic/Foam/Other Specialty Materials
- 15 Sculpting/Casing Materials
- 16 "Glowing" Paints and Pigments
- 17 Paints and Pigments
- 18 Fabric Markers
- 19 Reflective materials
- 20 Other Resources
- 21 Research and More
Information about Miyong
Over the last 8 years, Miyong has spent countless hours sourcing materials, shopping, crafting and otherwise figuring out EVERYTHING that there was to know about fabric, costumes, sewing and where to buy it all. The led to her developing " Miyong's Ultimate Resource guide", which is presented here. Miyong's Ultimate Resource guide was initially sent out as a series of emails to the NY BMan listserve and other places.
This is all of the 4 resource emails that Miyong has sent out in the past, but added to and expounded upon by KK members.
- The Ultimate Garment District Guide - NYC
- I also found a site which has a great section for beginners. (NYC)
- NOTE: Much of the Garment District is closed on Sunday, and many of these places are not open late. Call ahead or visit the website for a store to find out hours before making a trip.
Jem Fabric Warehouse
Address: 355 Broadway, 2 blocks south of Cana
Phone: (212) 730-5003
Notes: The only fabric store left downtown. Plenty of notions. Only source for Magnatec outside the Garment District. Open seven days a week!
Address: 225 West 37th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 730-5003
NY Elegant Fabrics
Address: 224 W 40th Street (Between 7 and 8 ave), New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 302-4980
Notes: Has beautiful (fake) fur, but not many any affordable choices
B & J Fabrics
Address: 525 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor (between 38th and 39th), New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 354-8150
Notes: Most beautiful fabrics, some insanely expensive, some affordable. Has a Garment District resource list available upon request.
Rosen & Chadick Fabrics
Address: 561 Seventh Avenue (corner 40th Street), 2nd and 3rd floor, New York, NY
Phone: (212) 869-0142
Address: 263 W 38th Street, New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 354-6711
Notes: Has black lights in the back. Ask the staff to turn them on for you.
Address: 228 W. 38th Street. NEW YORK, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 391-2310
Fabric Plus of New York
Address: 558 W 180th St, New York, NY 10033 (Washington Heights, NY)
Phone: (212) 781-7788
Website: Fabrics Plus of NY
Notes: Great cheap fabric store (way up in Wash Hts)
Novelty Pom Pom
Address: 242 w39th 9th fl.
Notes: pom poms, tassels, fringe, piping
Address: 261 West 36th street
Notes: The ultimate in fashion hardware: buttons, buckles, etc. amazing selection, not cheap.
Address: 966 6th ave (35/36st)
Notes: general trimming
Address: 34 W46 (5/6)
Notes: Miyong says "Amazing!". Jewerly finding, beads, interesting metal pieces from cheap to real gold and silver.
Address: 224 W38th
Notes: great feathers - mostly smaller feathers - cheap!!! swarovski rhinestones, trimmings, great stuff
Toho Shoji Inc
Address: 990 6th ave (36/37)
Notes: ultimate in beading, findings, rhinestones, etc. not cheap
Trims de Carnival
Address: 40 W38th Notes: beaded appliques, trims, fringe
Address: 251 W 39th St (between 7th Ave & 8th Ave), New York, NY 10018
Notes: Miyong says "Cheap and Wonderful!". yarns upstairs, patterns, all kinds of trimmings. this is the place!
Address: 218 West 38th Street, New York, NY 10018
Tel: (212) 279-9310
Note: My fave trim shop in NYC
Bhen Products (Sandaga)
1231 Broadway/30th NW corner
Notes: pipe cleaners, beads ( incl glow in the dark pony beads - $2.50), Magna Tac and E6000 glues, cheap rhinestones, sequins by the roll (very cheap), leather cording by the roll, and much more
B & J Florist Supply Co
Address: 103 West 28th Street (Between 6 and 7ave on the North side), New York, NY
Notes: Ribbons by the roll, Tassels, and kinds of unusual items including butterflies
Address: 143 E. 62nd St., New York, NY 10065
Phone: (212) 758-7004
Web Listing: NY Mag Listing
Notes: The most delicate, unusual, couture, fine buttons. This store is a gem known in the fashion industry. Expensive
Hyman Hendler & Sons
Address: 21 West 38th St, New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 840-8393
Notes: this is the place for fine ribbons
Fred Frankel & Sons
Address: 19 W 38th Street, New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 840-0810
Notes: crystal beads galore. The entire costume shop industry shops here. Wholesale store in midtown.
Address: 1008 6th Avenue @37th street
Notes: M&J is more expensive than the others, and has real nice stuff.
Address: 242 West 38th Street
Phone: (212) 764-2166
Notes: The most colorful, glittery trim in the Garment District. Lori’s favorite.
General crafting supplies
Address: 308 Canal St (between Broadway & Mercer St, New York, NY 10013
Note: The separate craft store is no longer open, all crafting supplies are on the 4th floor of the main store. fabric paints, pom poms, pipe celaners, mache, mask bases, evrything in crafting!
Notes: This is a new one for me. And it's AWESOME. Has just about everything and easy to navigate. AWESOME
Notes: Cheap craft supplies and toys. I've bought almost everything here, well almost. GREAT
Create For Less
Notes: Discount supplies
27th Street Area
can be bought by the dozen on 27th Street between 7/8th Ave. Some places sell sunglasses by dozen from $3 to 12. They also sell hats, accessories....other gifting possibilities.
New Dragon Toy
sells ring blinkies $12 a dozen for 24 rings. I call them the port o pottie light source. They blink and also have a nonblink light source. Glow bracelets 50 for $9, Glow necklaces (don't know the $) They also sell all kinds of blinkie toys.
sells Blinkies 24 pieces for $12. They also have other blinkie toys. Many choices.
Glow Bracelets and Glow necklaces, Blinkie toys. They sell those Laser(like) Rings which don't blink, but emit a strong light source. $12 for 24 rings....clear, red, green, and blue.
Accessories & Jewelery
Address: Broadway at 31st West side.
Notes: very cheap necklaces, bracelets, broaches and more. 2 floors.
Notes: cheap sunglasses by dozen. $1 eyeliner, $1 fake eye lashes, make-ups, tattoos, and more
Sewing Supplies, Notions and Patterns
http://www.folkwear.com/ Great past clothing and costume patterns - GREAT
- Kwik Sew Patterns
- McCall's Patterns Online
- Past Patterns
- Patterns for Period Costuming by Wingeo
- Patterns from the Past
- Simplicity Pattern Co., Inc.
- Vogue Patterns
Address: 245 West 29th Street, 8th Floor New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 268-9993
Notes: This store is in the city and has everything for the Costume Industry. Costume shops all shop there. Very helpful
Sewing Notions NYC:
Steinlauf and Stoller
Address: 225 W 39th Street between 7th and 8th
Phone: (212) 398-9451 Website:
Weavers Fabrics Inc
Address: 257 W 39th St betw 7th and 8th
Phone: (212) 840-1492
Address: 250 w 39th between 7th and 8th
Address: 222 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th
Phone: (212) 302 - 4980
Notes: Their fur selection is incredible, it runs from about $10/yd to over $200/yd
Truemart Discount Fabrics
7th ave and 25th (261 7th ave).
Notes: They sell pornj fur for $7 a yard. Joseph said that if you start up a conversation with them about Burning Man and mention his name they will probably give you a good deal since Joseph told them he would tell people about the store.
http://www.judithm.com/ - I use occasionally for specialized materials - ADVANCED
Specialized Fashion & Costumes
http://www.milieux.com/costume/source.html Pretty fucking great for all kinds of accessories, etc.
Fabric Dye & Supplies
http://www.dharmatrading.com/ - Fabric dyes, silk painting, clothing ready to paint and dye, fabrics, and much more.
http://www.aljodye.com/main.html - In the City, One of my main suppliers and very nice to deal with, how to dye booklets.
http://www.dickblick.com/categories/fabricdecoration/ Great basic dye and paint supplies. Good priceshttp
http://www.prochemicalanddye.com/ = Great, helpful dye and fabric paints and more. Helpful booklets for beginners.
Face and Body Paints
Plastic/Foam/Other Specialty Materials
- http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/default.asp - this one is all things plastic; materials for hula hoops, PVCs, tubing
- http://www.mcmaster.com/#raw-materials/=4akxj4 - GREAT supplier used extensively in the costume/prop industry
- http://dazian.com/ Fabrics and fabrications, FOSSHAPE! great theatrical fabrics
- http://www.sculpt.com/ - Cheapest place to buy FOSSSHAPE, and in NYC as well.
- http://www.rosebrand.com/ Theatrical fabrics/paints/hardware. Also in the city.
- http://www.foamorder.com/accessories.html - all things foam - craft, costume materials, upholstery, pillow stuffing
- http://www.foamorder.com/closedcell.html - polyethylene sheeting used in soft sculpture costuming
- http://www.smooth-on.com/index.html Liquid and rubber materials. casting materials
- http://www.woodcarverssupply.com/store/ Good pricing. The Lamp brand is good for beginners. I got the dust collector box($208.95) and it's great sucking up wood dust, can use also when cutting styrofoams.
- http://www.sculpt.com/ In the city and has inexpensive classes
"Glowing" Paints and Pigments
Fluorescence or UV Reactive is the emission of visible light by a substance that has absorbed light of a different wavelength. In other words, it will glow the color used in Black Light immediately.
Fluorescences come in fabric paints- pigment, dyes, inks, pigments, fabric, trim, and other materials. If you are fabric painting and do not have a source for a curing oven, use pigment paints which requires ironing or heat setting in a dryer. In a pinch you can also use acrylic paint but it is not as flexible as fabric paint. If you want to use fabrics and trims, it's a good idea to bring a portable black light torch to make sure it will glow.
Phosphorescence or "Glow in the Dark" is a specific type of photoluminescence related to fluorescence. Unlike fluorescence, a phosphorescent material does not immediately re-emit the radiation it absorbs. Meaning, its needs to be reacted with a light source for a period of time to make it "glow". Using Black Light speeds up the absorption time. Depending on the quality you use, the glow will last only a few seconds to hours. There are different colors you can get.
Comes in paints, pigments, trims, yarns, sheets, fabrics(?), etc.. Solvent and water based. You can go on-line and google for on-line stores. Dharma Trading also carries the pigment.
This is where I got my pigments; glow time is longer due to higher quality, thus more expensive. http://www.glonation.com/
The store was in the city but I think they relocated to N.J.
Using either/and or both is a great way to accomplish a unique costuming option from using other lighting sources such as LEDS, Fiber Optics, El Wire which requires a power source. It has become popular in the last few of years of our community to have "Black Light" parties. So here is my sources of where to buy and use these materials.
Also you can use reflectives; fabric, trim, and sheeting.
Paints and Pigments
- http://www.michaels.com/art/online/search?pageNumber=1&channel=3&search=yes&searchWords=fabric%20paint&type=5 (Upper west side)
Scenic paints: Wildfire brand : http://www.rosebrand.com/product1224/Wildfire-Ultraviolet-Sensitive-Paints--Visible-Colors.aspx?tid=2&info=wild%2bfir%2bpaint (in the city)
I researched fabrics that will reflect off the sun's rays and heat. Very useful for shades and costumes.
Reflective materials such as Aluminet (used for greenhouses), Reflectix ( which is essentially bubblepack sandwiched between 2 layers of foil) reflect off the sun's rays and heat. Can be pricy, this is the expensive version of mylar.
Reflectix can be found at Dollar shops in the form of Car Sun Shades. Some suggestive uses:
- Make a hat/headpiece. Cut and glue shapes. Use thin craft wire on the edge of shapes, glue, then bend into fun shapes.
- Cover your shade structures, tents
- Cut shapes and glue onto costumes, shoes, etc.
- Get a umbrella, cut shapes and glue.
Aluminet is more drapy fabric ,a knitted metallic shade material. This is expensive but can reflect up to 70% of the sun's rays. Great for shades, costuming. Different %s of reflection available. I got this tip from several Burner sites.
These are not as reflective
Silver metallic stretch fabrics. Esp fabrics such as Spandex Stretch. Cover your shade structures. Great because it's stretchy and can be pulled taut to make it more secure than using mylar. Will not rip easily. Also it's quiet! Maybe not as reflective as mylar. Great for costuming!
Lame, Liquid Lame
- http://www.distinctivefabric.com/fabric.php?product=LIQLAME2&expand=1 ( $5.50 a yard)
Silver coated fabrics
Found at Spandex House and other large fabric shops. Check online for competetive prices.
The stuff they use for safety vests is very expensive. I found the tape online but not fabric yardage that's affordable. I decided to pass on this and stay with the above recommendations.
Reflective tapes and more
- http://www.reflectivelyyours.com/ - Using reflective tape on your clothes is an easy way to be seen on the playa. You can sew or glue bits of it on.
Oriental Trading has these amazing acrylic mirror tiles that I've glued onto everything...masks, costumes, shoes.
See also Thrift and Vintage Shops
Address: 256 W 36th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10018
Phone: (866) 888-6677
Notes: This Soho store has one of the best in innovative home accessories. I LOVE this place, so inspirational.
Address: 712 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10019
Notes: Henri Bendel is one of the best in boutique department stores. They have an annual open call for designers once a year.
Penn & Fletcher
Address: 21-07 41st Avenue, 5th Floor, LIC, NY
Phone: (212) 239-6868
Notes: costume industry standard in custom/retail embroidery
plus Barneys, the Meat-Packing district for designer shops: Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney.
Research and More
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