Hey Ya’ll! I’m back from California and boy am I exhausted! If you follow me on Instagram, then you know how much we did in the 4 days we were there. We did not stop! We took a red-eye back Sunday night, which meant a whole night of sleep was lost on top of already being tired from the time difference and sight-seeing. I had to go back to my normal 5:00 wake up routine for work on Tuesday. My evenings this week were spent staying up way too late pattern testing an adorable little baby dress for my local fabric shop, Five Eighth Seams. They have started a new pattern company called Five Eighth Patterns! Don’t worry, I will be blogging about this pattern as soon as I can get some pictures taken. You will LOVE it! The pattern is full of so many sweet details. Check out my Instagram feed for a little sneak peak 🙂
Anyways, I thought I would share with you my LA fabric shopping experience. Fabric shopping in LA was a dream come true! I went to Michael Levine, The Fabric Store, and Mood Fabric. I really wanted to make it to Sew LA, but we only had our rental car for part of the trip and I could not get a ride out there. So sad 😦
We didn’t check any bags on our trip so I had to do some careful packing to make sure I had enough room to bring my fabric back. I even made my husband take some clothes out of his bag just in case. I told myself I could only purchase unique fabric that I could not find locally or at my favorite online sites. I went to Michael Levine first and I’ll have to admit….I was a little underwhelmed. The store had a huge selection, but there really wasn’t anything that fit my “unique” requirement. Most of what they had I can purchase elsewhere. Also, I’m not really sure why it’s called “low” price fabrics. There was nothing low about the prices there. I’m sure it’s a great place to shop if you’re not worried about stuffing all your fabric purchases into a carry-on bag, but I just couldn’t justify a spot in my suitcase for what I saw.
Next up was Mood Fabrics. I didn’t even know there was a Mood in LA until Kelly from Cut Cut Sew recommended I go there after she saw I was in LA through Instagram. Thanks for the recommendation Kelly! The fabric selection at Mood was out of this world. The fabric is literally stacked to the ceiling and navigating their selection was pretty overwhelming. Mood’s style is a little too dressy/business professional for me. I’m more of an Anthro kind of girl. Also, most of what I sew I make for work and I just really can’t wear beautiful/expensive silks when working with snot-nosed children that occasionally sneeze on me, drool on me, and touch me with who knows what on their hands. Does snot come out of silk??? Anyways, I still enjoyed seeing and more importantly touching all the different types of fabric. I ended purchasing this knit in the prettiest shade of pale green. I purchased it with the Sewaholic Renfrew, Miz Mozelle, or Lady Skater in mind.
The last stop on my LA fabric shopping tour is my favorite, The Fabric Store. This shop was first established in New Zealand and the LA location has only been open a couple of months. I absolutely loved every fabric in this shop. It was like all the fabric was selected for my own personal style. All the fabric is very high quality and the prices were surprisingly low for the quality and type of fabric. The two girls working were also very helpful and knowledgeable. I really wish they would start selling their fabrics on their site. They do ship, so if you see something you like here or on their site it is possible to get it by just calling them.
First up is this pretty floral cotton voile.
I purchased it with the Sewaholic Alma blouse in mind. I’m extremely indecisive though, so who knows what it will end up being.
That price you see is correct. The Fabric Store sells its remnants at 50% off. I got 2 yards of this awesome corduroy for $12. Crazy! I am really hoping it’s enough for a pair of Thurlows, but if not I will probably use it for a Kelly skirt. As I’m typing though, I just envisioned it as a Colette Beignet. Such decisions!
I spotted this light blue and navy eyelet and had a really hard time deciding whether to use it for a Colette Macaron or Victory Chloe. One of the girls at the shop felt it would be better fitted for the Macaron and I was easily swayed.
I am such a sucker for eyelet! It is also pretty much a southern girl’s uniform here in Charleston. I have no idea what I am making with these, but I just had to have them. I’ll probably make another Colette Laurel with the top right. The bottom was just to cheep and beautiful to pass up. I’ll probably make a simple skirt with it.
Super excited about this find! This is one of the patterns I got with my Bluegingerdoll Mae winnings. The fabric is a rayon with a really nice drape. I just love the color! It is very similar to the color of the dress on the pattern.
You all know I love my florals, but I’m also a huge fan of polka dots. I found this heavy weight polka dot and immeditaly could see it as a Deer and Doe Pavot jacket. I really hope I like this pattern, because I also recently purchased some pretty Olive green fabric to make one.
Ok, before you guys get too jealous, here is my last find….another polka dot.
I really wanted to make a By Hand London Elisalex with this fabric, but it was a little too pricey to buy 3 yards of it. I recently saw a skirt at J Crew that looks very similar to this fabric, so I bought enough to try and replicate it.
I am so excited about my fabric finds. Everything I purchased definitely fits my “unique” requirement. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get to sewing any of it. Life is pretty buys right now with the holidays coming up. Oh well, something to look forward to for the new year. Can’t wait to share my finished projects with you!