The best fabric shopping in the world
Just in case you’ve been really tied up in knots wondering if my sewing machine is still perched out on the sand, fully exposed to the salty elements, I’ll dispel your worries- here is the real sewing station- still fantastic but in closer proximity to a plug and a lot more shady.
Here is what I’ve gotten sewn- hardly anything, thanks to the call of the surf and sun… and aren’t you happy for me? I’m happy for myself, especially happy when I took a leave of absence to trip up to downtown LA to one of my favorite places to fabric shop. ever.
Ahh, the garment district, a fabric lovers mecca. Michael Levine on Maple Ave. is pictured above, I think I was in there for at least 2 hours- it felt like 10 minutes. Not the cheapest store but its nice to have so much under one roof. For instance- I bought zippers at Michael Levine for about $1.35 each, then saw the same zippers around the corner for about .33 cents each. Same goes with fabric- if you are a super saver, shop around the neigborhood and negotiate prices as you go, Michael Levine doesn’t negotiate.
Alexander Henry prints- I always love.
Block after block of fabrics & trim- then- gowns, cheap clothing, shoes, suitcases, Angry Birds everything, taco and ice cream carts…
Here’s what I came home with: a few upholstery weights, canvas and linens.
And just a couple of cotton fabrics- filling in some gaps in the fabric stash and picking up a yard or two of prints I fancied.
What I really needed was zippers, belting, bias tape and all that little stuff I hate running out of and having to make a trip to the store. All stocked up now- HOORAY!
Of course now I’m sitting here thinking about that one other thing I should have grabbed… oh well, I think I’ll lay on the beach for a few more days and worry about it all later!