Originally Posted by Ian Erickson
also this is a long shot but do any of you guys have a hook up/know where a guy can get some nice fabric on the cheap? put this on did a thing about it briefly but I know modern tailor will allow you to use your own fabric if you send it to them
I have several places I go to in the garment district in NYC for decorator fabric (fit for curtains, pillows, kids' costumes, etc.). If you buy on clearance, you can get fabric under $3 a yard, and sometimes significantly -- $1 per yard or less. Now, often that's either off cuts (0.5 yards or less) or the patterns that didn't sell well. For solid amounts of the nicest stuff, you need to be exceedingly patient, exceedingly lucky, or exceedingly willing to pay the retail price (which, by the way, is rarely more than $10 per yard in any event).
But I've just honestly never been shopping for suiting or shirting (which is the correct technical term for the FABRIC, not the garment). I suspect such fabrics can be found with some diligence, and likely in the same area, if not the same stores. But just like with the decorator fabric, you're unlikely to find it for less than full price, which I'd hazard a wild guess to be in the $15-20 per yard range, with at least 2-3 yards required for a shirt.