Monday, August 23, 2010

Fabric District.....part deux

While I was in California, my sister-in-law and I ventured back down to the LA Fabric District.  I'm going to be totally honest and tell you that this is probably going to be a mandatory trip I will make each time we take a trip home.

I decided to take Dana's advice and stop by the FIDM scholarship store first.

They had cheap clothes, but a lot of it is hit and miss.  Don't go in there expecting to find great clothes, go with the frame of mind that you can get clothes to re purpose.  They do have a wall in the back with lots of great knit fabric and lace embellishments that are totally inexpensive.  

We left around 8:30 am so that we could get there early.  The FIDM store opens at 9, and the district opens at 10, so it makes sense to hit the FIDM store first thing.

This time around, I parked in a lot right off of Maple Ave, just a block away from Michael Levine.  It was only $4 for the whole day.  Parking meters scare me, so this was perfect.  (actually, driving in downtown LA scares me, so I'm so glad my SIL offered to drive!)  I knew I wanted to go to ML last, so we walked up Maple Ave and worked our way down so that we would end up at ML and right by our car at the end of the day.

I found a place with fantastic elastic

lace galore

A store that just sold buttons and a few other notions.  I got a dozen buttons for $3.

It was nice to hit up all smaller street stores first, so we could compare prices when we got to Michael Levine.  I found a store that sold elastic for much cheaper than ML, so I went there for my elastic instead.

Don't forget to head directly across the street from Michael Levine.  Go in the building and take the scary elevator up to the 2nd floor.

This will get you to the spot where you can buy all sorts of fabric for $2 a yard!

And now for my findings....

I got the fabric for my Anthrocopy shower curtain, minky (for $6 a yard), tons of some fabulous gray linen, and striped jersey prints.  What a successful trip.

p.s. word to the wise- have a navigation system with you!  It will save you from a great big headache trying to maneuver around downtown LA.  We had one and it was a lifesaver.


  1. thanks for the guide. hopefully someday soon i'll make it that way. looks like you scored some good stuff!

  2. I have not been to LA in years, but you and a couple others who have posted about the fabric district, really make me want to plan a cross country flight asap.

    AND can you please be any cuter post baby (below)!?? Seriously, unreal

  3. Is your dress homemade?? I absolutely love looks comfy. If so, is there a pattern??

  4. Glad you had fun! I went to the fabric district last month and was completely in heaven! My husband and I will be in LA for 3 weeks next month and I plan to spend 19 of the 21 days in fabric district!

  5. Rhonda- yes, I made that dress, and it is super comfy! I already have a tutorial for it, so just click on the tutorials page at the top of my blog and you can click on the link for the dress. Enjoy!

  6. I have seen Dana at MADE post on this and I have come to the conclusion that I must go!!! Just found your blog! Love it!

  7. P.S. I am IN LOVE with your pinwheel skirt! I can't wait to make it!

  8. Ok so you're the one who I should have help me finish an apron I started at 14 for my mom! (Not admitting how long ago I was 14.) Have some time to come visit me and bring your sewing machine (don't have one of my own)? Looking forward to seeing what you make with your finds. :)


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