Fabric Weekend Recap!
A couple of weekends ago, I had the great privilege to attend Fabric Weekend 2013. It was so, so fun to shop and talk shop with over 20 sewing bloggers that I have admired and followed over the years.
Getting to Fabric Weekend proved a little rockier than I expected. I was going to take the Metro train up from Orange County, but long story short, that didn’t happen and my husband and Milo ended up driving me up to L.A. where and I managed to catch up with everyone and the tail end of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising tour.
|FIDM Scholarship Store. How many sewing bloggers can we fit into this tiny space? Let’s find out!|
Our first stop was the FIDM Scholarship Store, where the frenzied crowd of sewing bloggers attempted to ease the fabric shopping addiction they had all been jonesing for by jamming themselves into a tiny space to pet as many fabrics as possible. This is when I knew I was way out of my league, because I did not even attempt to shove my way into this!
|Michael Levine, inc. located at 920 Maple Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90015|
Our next stop was Michael Levine Fabrics. We were given such a warm, kind welcome by the family that owns and runs this business. They provided us with lunch and goodies, and then gave us a tour of the massive warehouses with rows upon row of every kind of fabric you could ever want or need! I was in awe of how well organized it all was and the systems that they had in place to keep their three stores and online business running so smoothly. I love supporting small, family-owned businesses like this, and I could not have been more impressed!
|1) The bloggers invade Michael Levine’s 2) Behind the scenes massive warehouse tour at Michael Levine|
3) Our wonderful and generous tour guide #larrylovesfabric 4) The Loft
|What I’ve made so far with my haul from Michael Levine!|
1) Maxi skirt with fabric from The Loft. 2) Self drafted pattern. Read about it here. 3) The Jorna. Read about it here.
And then it was shopping time! My first stop was The Loft, which is located above Michael Levine‘s Home Decor Store at 917 Maple Ave., Los Angeles. I was more conservative than I should have been here because it was my first stop and I had only budgeted so much for the whole weekend. I had no idea what to expect, and didn’t want to end up broke after my first stop. Of course, that was ridiculous because at $2.50/lb. you can score a LOT of fabric on the cheap! I can’t wait to go back and really let loose! I then moved on to the main store where I picked up some fabrics that I’m not used to working with. But I was so inspired by the group I was with that I decided that I was going to learn to master knits and other apparel fabrics!
|One of the shops in the LA Fashion District with trims precariously balanced|
on shelves and strewn all over the floor!
We then moved out and into some of the smaller shops. In particular, I’d like to give a shout-out to the folks at Gold Star Tool were really wonderful and accommodating! I picked up a whole bunch of zippers for my Etsy shop, which I plan to re-stock just as soon as SONP is over. If you need a zipper foot, or any kind of sewing tools or notions this is the shop to go to. That is NOT the shop in the picture above, by the way! That shop was crazy! Stuff was strewn onto the ground and jammed onto shelves…Oh, what we will endure for a great deal!
|1. Jen, Bev, Melissa, Miriam and Leanne staying connected. Photo courtesy Jessica Abbot|
2) “Thank You Mood” 3) The collective haul from the first day of shopping
The next day we made our way to Mood (of Project Runway fame), and the nice folks there gave us a tour. This was, of course, much higher end fabrics than what we had looked at the previous day! There were beautiful designer silks and rows and rows of beautiful printed knits and wovens. I picked up a pretty deep pink cotton shirting that I hope to turn into a shirt dress soon!
|The Whole Gang!|
Row 1: Justine of Sew Country Chick, Jen of icandy, Stef of Girl Inspired, Mie of Sewing Like Mad, Miriam of Mad Mim, Melissa of I Still Love You, Andrea of Train to Crazy, Marissa of Rae Gun Ramblings, Sabra of Sew a Straight Line, Bev of Flamingo Toes. Row 2: Jessica of Sewing Rabbit, Melissa of Melly Sews, Caila of Caila Made, Cherie of You and Mie, Abby of Sew Much Ado. Row 3: Leanne of Elle Apparel, Merrick of Merrick’s Art, Marigold (That’s me!) Not pictured: Christina of 2 Little Hooligans (probably still shopping 🙂 Photo courtesy of Jess Abbot
My final stop was SAS Fabrics in Hawthorne. I didn’t spend too long in there because my husband and boys met me at this shop to bring me home. I did grab a few different wide, brightly colored elastics, though! Then I said goodbye to my new friends and headed home. It was such a great group of women, and I feel so lucky to have been invited! And huge props to our fearless leaders who have (and continue to!) put so many hours into organizing this event: Andrea from The Train to Crazy, Justine of Sew Country Chick, and Bev from Flamingo Toes!
|The Morning After at my local Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft located at 15031 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, CA.|
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And where do you think I ended up the morning after all of that shopping? Yup. My local Jo-Ann! a.k.a. My home away from home! I’m not even kidding. I have a serious problem. Ignore my exhausted eyes!
It was so much fun! But the fun hasn’t stopped yet! Be sure to check out the post right below this one and enter the HUGE Fabric Weekend giveaway being brought to you by the generous folks at GoToPatterns.com, lowpricefabrics.com and Craftsy!