You guys. I’m. so. tired. I feel like all the end-of-the-school-year craziness + pregnancy are really catching up to me. I’m having trouble keeping up with regular stuff and it probably doesn’t help that I keep running off to do fun things like the Fabric Shopping Weekend a few weeks ago.
Truth is, I’ve been waiting so long to post about it because I wanted to share something that I’d made with fabric I bought that weekend. But like most things on my to do list, that hasn’t happened yet. Don’t worry, I have grand GRAND plans for what I want to make with all of it. You just wait :P
Picture from Jessica Abbott
The weekend was PHENOMENAL. Basically 20+ sewing bloggers got together from all over the country to do some fabric shopping (and socializing, of course) in Los Angeles. Can’t really go wrong with that plan! The weekend was organized by the amazing Andrea of The Train To Crazy.
Unfortunately, I was only able to make it to half of the weekend because of work, but I had so much fun in that one day – it was totally worth it. I got to meet some amazing ladies and visit some great fabric stores and of course, I went home with a suitcase full of new fabric. To check out some great recaps of the whole weekend, go see what Stef of girl. Inspired. and Caila of CailaMade (2 of my fabulous weekend roomies!!) had to say and also see 2 great posts from Jessica of The Sewing Rabbit about the weekend and Girl’s Night Out.
Caila, me and Jen
The first stop for me when I joined the group was Mood Fabrics. When I think of Mood, I think of the New York store that was made so famous (to me at least) by Project Runway. Anyways, this store was awesome. Jam packed with great finds. It’s not really a bargain store, but full of some really really beautiful and unique fabrics that you probably won’t be able to find anywhere else. I had a great time here and since it was my first stop, I had to try really really hard not to go totally crazy and buy everything.
The employees here were really sweet and I hope I get to go back to this store again soon. Maybe once my bank account recovers :P
Thank you, Mood!!
About half of the group went to visit another fabric store in another part of the city, but since I had missed the famous Fashion District the day before, I headed over there with a couple of other gals. I couldn’t miss out on Michael Levine!
Michael Levine was one of our sponsors for the weekend and the group had visited them on Friday for a tour, lunch and shopping. I did not stop hearing amazing things about them from the other ladies. Apparently, Larry, the owner, and Regina (not sure what her title is) are genuinely awesome people. The other bloggers kept commenting about how much Larry and Regina really love fabric and their store and how they treated the group so well. That kind of thing makes a huge impression, you know?
Well, I missed out on meeting them and getting the full tour, but I did make sure I stopped by for some shopping!
Yes, I did walk away with some of this fabulous ikat fabric.
Michael Levine has three separate stores just across from each other. The main store, the home decor store and the Loft. The Loft (above) is where you buy fabric by the pound. $2.50 per pound to be exact, which is a really good deal! You have to do your share of digging through boxes, but finding something awesome is like finding gold!
They also have an online store at LowPriceFabric.com, so even if you can’t get to LA, you can still access their awesome selection!
After that I went over to Angel Fabric, which I had heard good things about. Turns out, Angel also has a couple of store fronts and I went to the smaller of the two and totally missed out on the main store! But I still found some great stuff for really cheap – fabric floor to ceiling. I bought several knits here – $2 a yard!
And that’s when I had to call it a day. My feet and my wallet were hurtin’!
But after a little break back at the hotel, we all gussied up for Girl’s Night Out! This was a fun evening of great food and more socializing with these fun ladies. It was sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabrics and organized by Jessica, who put a lot of work into making it an unforgettable night! Jo-Ann was also a sponsor of the Fabric Weekend and really, what seamstress can do without Jo-Ann? I find myself getting almost all my essential supplies there and it’s always there for me when I need something to finish off a project!
Can you tell this is a group of bloggers or what!? Besides the fun friendships made and bellies full of food, we also walked away with amazing swag bags full of goodies from Jo-Ann Fabrics & Craft Stores, Pellon, Coats & Clark, Dear Stella Design, Michael Miller Fabrics, and McCalls.
Picture from Jessica Abbott
Seriously, I feel so lucky to have been able to meet all these amazing people and enjoy such a fun weekend with them. It’s always great to be able to hang out with people who share your passion!
So here’s a little peek at SOME of the fabric I came home with (and my poor aching feet). I didn’t even include the knits I bought! So look forward to seeing some of this stuff come to life as garments and other fun things. Just as soon as I can get off my butt and start sewing again :P
And since we wanted to include you guys in the fun, there is a huge giveaway going on right now! It ends tomorrow, Thursday, June 20th, so go enter now.
Giveaway prizes, rules & entry:
One GRAND PRIZE winner!
Brother 1034D serger!
(donated by GoToPatterns.com)
Four lucky winners will receive $150 in prizes!
$50 to GoToPatterns.com
$50 to LowPriceFabric.com
$50 for a class at Craftsy.com
For contest rules and to enter, go HERE now!