If you’re tired of the same old rags, the options for a style makeover are many—after all, you live in America’s fashion capital. But unless you hold a big-win lottery ticket, likely you’ll want some economical ways to strut your sartorial stuff in the coming months.
Here are some that have caught Savvy‘s critical eye. SHEILA WALKER offers a “Sewing Survival for Men” course and a coed beginner’s alteration tutorial [106 Duane Street, 212-732-8955; $125 for three hours] that teach beginners the basics. In “Fashion Labs,” personal expression is encouraged: Walker demonstrates T-shirt decorating, techniques for working with suede and leather, and all sorts of ways to adorn existing fabrics. For more advanced students, Walker’s various six-week courses ($475 each) teach students how to create high-end designer knockoffs (“Everyone in the industry does it!” according to her website) and achieve couture-worthy details. If you missed the boat on last year’s knitting craze, she also teaches the newly gentrified art of crocheting. STEPHANIE KHEDER offers a Beading 101 workshop at Bocage [177 Orchard Street, 212-979-2909; $65, materials included]. She also offers sessions on how to make intricate, boutique-quality trinkets with the beads and findings from her collection. With these smashing techniques under your studded, bejeweled, one-of-a-kind belt, you’ll go far!
photo: Jay Muhlin
Ribbons, ribbons, ribbons—including grosgrain, satin, and velvet.
251 West 39th Street, 212-354-1713
A world of baubles, bangles, and beads awaits the aspiring, crafty glamour gal (or guy).
280 Mulberry Street, 212-625-1611
Inside this warehouse, which takes up an entire city block, you’ll find steeply discounted designer silks, velvets, and other luxe fabrics.
318 Grand Street, 212-925-6112
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 8, 2005