Image from Boston Deals
How is it that I've been living in Massachusetts for (almost) five years and I've never been to this store until now? Granted, Fabric Place Basement has only been open for two years and the original Fabric Place closed shortly after I moved here in 2008, but still. This gem has been hiding under my nose.
I popped in after work to pick up some buttons for my Beignet skirt and a seam ripper since I snapped mine in half while trying to open up buttonholes on said skirt, and the minute I walked downstairs into the retail space I was stunned. It was huge! There was a section for fashion fabric! Home dec! Quilting cotton! Even yarn! I was skeptical though - the name "basement" implied in my mind that I would find cheap, low-quality fabric of the cheesiness variety.
Hell to the no: it's really nice stuff! After I found what I came in for, I started making my way up and down the aisles and that's when the drooling began. I found gorgeous poly prints that would make great blouses, fancy fabrics (without glitter - glitter does not transform fabric into evening-appropriate, JoAnn's), rolls of pure silk, and leather hides. The home dec, not that I'm into it, was impressive (you can buy fabric from the Shabby Chic line!), and the quilting cotton consisted of really nice stuff from Windham Fabrics and Rowan, just to name a few.
If you've been reading my site for awhile, you know my obsession with knit fabrics - I love them and can't quite seem to get enough. Well now, I don't think that's going to be a problem since I've found Fabric Place Basement. There was a rainbow of knit jersey, ribbed knits, sweater knits, ITYs, and even 100% lambswool knit fabric. Um, yummy and drool worthy!
But looky what I found:
Sarah's fabulous Missoni dress popped into my head the moment my eyes landed on this funky zig-zag sweater knit. I pulled the bolt out to see what the price was and noticed that it was labeled "Designer Knit Fabric." Now, at $6.99 a yard, I don't think that it actually is a Missoni, but nonetheless, it inspired me to make a fun dress that would be great for transitioning from winter to spring - some kind of simple scoop neck dress like Sarah's dress. And you know what? I'm still going to call it my "Missoni Dress" when I'm done!
This fabric will be a test as to the quality of what it sold at the store, but I'm crossing my fingers that all goes well since I see Fabric Place Basement as a good substitute for running to JoAnn's for notions and the selection is much more diverse. It's nothing compared to fabric shopping in NYC but it's pretty great for the suburbs, especially when it's so difficult to find a place that sells dressmaking fabric. If you're in the Boston Metro area, I highly recommend checking them out.