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New York Fabric and Fashion Field Trip, May 13 -17, 2024, Two days of your choosing

Join the New York Garment District field trip for 2 days of your choosing, May 9-13, 2023.

Spend two days in New York city shopping for fabrics and trims with Ryliss Bod, Director and Sewing Instructor at the Sewing and Design School. 

Ryliss has put together a walking tour of the garment district that is full of fabrics and trims. She will help you with your fabric selections and answer your sewing questions. Everyone will receive a list of stores with addresses so they may return during their free time.

The schedule may change but this is what is planned as of now.

Monday, May 8 at 6 pm, we will start out with a Meet and Greet at the Hotel*

Tuesday, May 9, will be a full Fabric Shopping Day in the Garment District

Wednesday, May 10 is a Couture with Kenneth D. King and Couture Fabric Shopping at Mendel Goldman Fabrics

Thursday,  May 11, is a Fashion Design Inspiration Day, Karl Lagerfeld Exhibit at the MET and the 2023 Spring and Summer Designer Fashions at Bergdorf Goodman

Friday, May 12, is Buttons, Zippers, Trims, Ribbings, and Sewing Tools and Julio Cesar. Fashion Designer

Saturday, May 13, Inspiration & Free Time, Museum FIT Designing Women: Fashion Creators and Their Interiors and FIT Student Exhibit

Sunday, May 14, Last minute shopping and traveling home

Julio Cesar, Fashion Designer, showing us his new dress for Vogue Patterns to the NYC Fabric Shoppers last October 2022.

*Kenneth D. King at his New York studio.
Fashion Designer, Made to Measure Tailor, Author, Instructor at FIT and the Sewing and Design School.

Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET) 
Spring 2023 Costume Institute Exhibition Will Celebrate the Work of Karl Lagerfeld. With approximately 150 works, Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty will explore the designer's stylistic language through the aesthetic themes that recurred across his 65-year career.

Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology, New York)

Designing Women: Fashion Creators and Their Interiors is the first exhibition to explore the connection between these disciplines. Approximately 70 garments from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection will be on view alongside photographic images of the most compelling interiors created for leading female fashion designers from the 1890s to the 1970s. Featured creators include Jeanne Paquin, Lucile, Jeanne Lanvin, Madeleine Vionnet, Pauline Potter (later Baroness Pauline de Rothschild), and many others.


Exhibit of FIT Student’s Work

Frequently asked questions
      How do I get my fabric purchases home?  Most stores will mail them for your.  Kashi at Metro Textiles has even holds your purchases until the end of the trip and then mails them.

      Is it possible to share a room with someone? Yes, I will collect names of people who want to share a room.

      What if I don't sew and don't want to go to the fabric stores but still would like to see the exhibits, Kenneth D. King, and the Harbor Cruise?  Just let me know and I will reduce the tuition for you.

      I want to take in a play or musical, is there anyone else that wants to do that?  You will have an opportunity to meet and greet all of the travelers.  Many group up and go together.

      Will there be a group lunch(s) or dinner(s)?  It's New York and I have found it easier if we break up into smaller groups to dine at a restaurant.  I will check around as the date gets closer to see if I can find a restaurant that will seat a large group. 

      What should I bring from home?  Comfortable shoes, clothing you can layer, yardage information for the types of garments you want to sew (many fabric stores do not have patterns).  Your cell phone.

      What if I can't walk far?  The hotel will be within blocks of the fabric stores.  You can easily take a taxi, they are everywhere and not that expensive when you ride with other sewing friends.

What I take to New York.

1 check-in suitcase
A back pack with my laptop, 1 change of clothes, makeup and medicines. My Dr. told me to switch from a carry-on to the back pack to prevent the bursitis in my shoulder from acting up, caused by lifting my carry-on up in the overhead bins in 2017 .

  *A light raincoat with a hood.  My my arms and hands to be free.
  *Walking shoes/tennis shoes.  They are the most comfortable and supportive shoes I have. 
  *Comfortable shoes.
  *I preload my phone with APPS for New York city maps for walking and subways, restaurants... 
  *Fill my suitcase with Air pockets (from packages mailed to me) or crumbled garbage bags to fill up space I am saving for returning home with purchases.
  *Lightweight Crossover bag or shoulder bag that closes, to keep my arms free and my purse more secure. Large enough for purchases.
  *Small Shoulder bag that carries my regular purse stuff.
  *Separates that all go together.
  *2-3 Scarves- all mine came from New York
  *Face masks- I bet there are some cool ones in New York 

You can find anything in New York, so don't worry if you forget something.

The schedule will be updated as we near our travel dates and arrangements are made.

Registration Deadline: July 6.  Meaning no refunds after this date unless I get a replacement for you.

Our Cancellation Policy for Classes, Workshops and Trips with a Registration Deadline

  • If you cancel before the registration deadline, you will receive a full refund, less a $5.00 processing fee and the PayPal fees.
  • If you cancel after the registration deadline, a student will need to replace you, you will receive a full refund, less a $5.00 processing fee and the PayPal Fees.
Skill Level:
Skill Details:
Helpful to bring pattern envelopes for yardage information.
Attendee must make their own flight and hotel arrangements. Ground transportation during the stay in New York city is not covered. Ryliss will be staying at the Hyatt Place New York City / Times Square 350 West 39th Street
Instructor Name:
Ryliss Bod
Instructor Bio:
Ryliss Bod is the Founder and Director of the Sewing & Design School and has extensive experience teaching Fashion Construction and Design at a Washington State Technical College. She instructed courses for both continuing education and career training in all levels of sewing construction, home d?cor construction, fashion accessory construction, fashion design, fitting & pattern alterations, pattern-making, textiles, history of fashion and quilting.

She received her teaching degree in K-12 grades and studied art, clothing and textiles at Central Washington University, pattern-making and CAD at Gerber Technology, fashion design at the Paris Fashion Institute, pattern-making and construction techniques with Kenneth D. King and countless others.

Throughout her career she developed workshops and fashion shows, hired instructors and conducted fashion and fabric shopping field trips to Portland, San Francisco and New York. Ryliss has been a Contributing Editor at Sew News Magazine, Threads Magazine, judge for the 2014 RAGS Benefit, Make it With Wool Contest and the Washington State 4-H Dress Revue and host of Instagram's Sew Photo Challenge #sewApril2017 and #sewapril2018.. She is Washington state's Central West Director of the Make it with Wool Contest 2018. She may be contacted at

New York Fabric and Fashion Field Trip, May 13 -17, 2024, Two days of your choosing

$ 325.00
Mon, May 13, 2024 at 8:45 am to 4:30 pm
Tue, May 14, 2024 at 8:45 am to 4:30 pm
Wed, May 15, 2024 at 8:45 am to 4:30 pm
Thu, May 16, 2024 at 8:45 am to 4:30 pm
Sun, May 19, 2024 at 8:45 am to 4:30 pm
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