Saturday morning I met up with Erika and we headed to Downtown LA's Fashion District.
First stop, Michael Levine's:
We spent almost two hours in the store, and found some wonderful fabrics at great prices. Here is what came home with me:
Cotton stretch fabrics. Unknown maker. Normally $3/yard, but was on sale for $1.50/yard. I got two yards of each pictured - There's nothing quite like making a $3 skirt!
Knit fabric, 60" wide. Unknown maker. Normally $3/yard, but was on sale for $2.10/yard. I got 3 yards.
Eight zippers and 3 yards of brown webbing. The zippers ranged from 60 cents to $1.10 each, the brown webbing was $1/yard.
Then it was off to lunch at the Wood Spoon some six blocks away
The food was pretty good, reasonably priced, and definitely recommended. My only complaint was that it was a bit warm inside the restaurant, but a freshly made limeade did the trick.
Then it was off for more shopping. We stopped at a couple beading stores, some trim stores, and a couple other fabric store fronts. We were a little disappointed in the quality of the apparel fabrics at the $1.99/yard stores we stopped in. Maybe we just don't know where the good ones are (please fill me in if you know good ones). But in any case, we did not spend anything in those.
While wandering around, we stumbled upon Michael Levine's Loft
And upon walking in we found this:
Boxes upon boxes of fabrics. They seemed to be bolt-ends, discontinued fabrics, returns, or have imperfections. You literally have to shop like this:
That's Erika looking for treasures.
The payoff - everything was $2 a pound. Yes. $2 a pound! Needless to say, we spent a good amount of time in the Loft, and we bought A LOT of fabric here! Mine came to 14 pounds and $34 total with elastic and drawstring cording.. Here is what I came home with (click play):
It was a very successful trip, and I can't wait to do it again!