Fabric addict hits L.A.

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Cross another one off the bucket list! I finally spent a couple of days in the fabric district of Los Angeles! The overwhelming abundance of choices made it an unforgettable experience. My friend Irma and my niece Pamela made a truly special one. I’m still traveling, so there’s no sewing to report on. I’ll let the pictures tell the story.

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First there was Mood. Of course. We’ve all seen it on the Project Runway series with Tim Gunn. I’ve ordered online but never seen the real thing…

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So so much fabric that there are street signs to tell you where to go. I was dizzy.

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Silky, floaty chiffons – so perfect for our hot climate back home. Yes, please!

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Designer fabrics, stacked up like firewood. I wish I’d driven out west with a U-haul.

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If you get too exhausted from all the excitement, they provide a sofa for recovery.

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Help me! If only Mom could see all this! She would say, ‘Oh, my. Where do we start?’ I started and ended with the silk chiffons.

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We only had a half day. The next day walked the fabric district, which is tucked into the fashion district.

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Pamela couldn’t resist when we got to the faux fur vendor. Looks like the place where the Monsters, Inc. crew got their inspiration.

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We didn’t have time to explore every shop, but next time we’ll make time. I hear that in some shops you can find the good stuff for amazing prices.

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And finally, another mega selection at Michael Levin. No, we didn’t have a hot dog. Though I hear this food truck has got some of the best. We’d already had some zesty shrimp tostadas with cilantro and lime. I’d go back just for lunch! But look inside…

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I was warmed up by then and ready to find some finds. Cotton, silk and rayon, oh my!

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Across the street from their fashion fabric store, Michael Levin has a home dec shop. I love the fabric they made into pillows in the window. Trying to picture it as a dress…

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There’s a loft upstairs where they sell remnants at $3 a pound! I’d never seen such a thing, but I know from reading some of my UK bloggers that it’s done over there. I was intrigued. They were tangled up in big bins, but as much as I dug in, I found no silk chiffon. I guess that would have been too good to be true. But I did find five poly cotton jersey blends that I liked – about 2 to 3 yards each of big bold prints begging to be summer maxi dresses – that totaled seven pounds. Score! Which helps reduce my average price per garment, especially when you consider the silk chiffons I splurged on at Mood.

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The two embroidered cottons at the top left are from Michael Levin at $7/yard. The silk chiffons across the middle are from Mood at $20/yard. The two piques in pink and teal are from Michael Levin at $10/yard, and the five stretchy blends at right are from the ML loft at about $1/yard. I also got silk linings at ML. My total fabric spend was $410. I’m estimating 9 dresses, 2 skirts and 5 tops – averaging $26 per garment!

I would say I have my work cut out for me, but we all know the cutting out is going to take some work too!

 

 


6 thoughts on “Fabric addict hits L.A.

      1. Michael Levine’s is why I go downtown. I don’t really go into the small store fronts because the quality is questionable. I love Mood, too. But I always need a project(s) in mind for Mood or Michael’s otherwise they are overwhelming. The Fabric Store, about 5 blocks up from Mood is nice. It’s small, but they have a good selection of natural fibers at reason prices.

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