Thursday, March 22, 2012

LA Fashion District

So despite, growing up in Los Angeles, I have never been to the Garment District. I have always wanted to go, however. Well, I finally went when we were down in LA visiting my family for my birthday weekend. We were on our way to spend the night with a friend in Santa Monica - sans Baby - so my hubby, who HATES shopping was with me. It was the perfect way to prevent me blowing the bank. We paid for 1 hour of parking and he tagged along, saying he was happy to see me so blissfully happy.

I was a little disappointed that there seemed to be plenty of shops selling all kinds of specialty fabrics, but really only one store - Michael Levine - selling quality quilting cottons. I was also a little disappointed to see that their prices were standard, and even a little bit higher than some of my favorite on-line shops. But boy did they have a selection. And, they did have a nice sized section for $6 a yard.

Look at all these .. I wanted them so badly, but at $18 a yard, it was not in the budget.

I mostly stuck to the sale section, and scored a yard of each of these for $6 a yard.

Then we went across the street where we hit the jackpot. The "remnant" section. It was filled with giant bins and bins of fabric, and it was sold by the pound. So, you couldn't get any cuts of fabric. I was almost out of time at this point, so I quickly rummaged through the bins while my hubby paid across the street.

I scored all of this for $18. Probably about 4.5 yards of blue seersucker, which I plan to make pants and a vest for my boy for a summer wedding, and perhaps a dress for me to match. Then a bunch of striped jersey to make infinity scarves, and a few other things. I can't wait to start sewing with this stuff.

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