Tuesday, August 20, 2013

LA Fabric District Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of my review of the LA Fabric District!  Last time I shared with you some of the stores I visited.  Today, I will finish with the stores I visited on Saturday.

A note about Saturday shopping in the Fabric District:  1. It is really crowded.  2. It is more expensive to park than during the week. 3. Some of the stores are closed on Saturday.  4.  It is really crowded ;) 5. It is fun.  How could it not be?!

I parked at a meter on Saturday, because I found one close to the stores I wanted to visit.  The first store I visited was LA Alex:

LA Alex is on 9th between Wall and Maple next to Tex Carmel.  This store was a little on the larger side and had sections really organized into types of fabrics (they have mostly polyesters in their store).  It was a breath of fresh air not to have to barter here as all of the prices are set and labeled above the bolts.  I stole a shot here of some type of polyester and denim.  A lot of the fabrics were on the cheaper side (in quality) and being an apparel sewer, I would only use these fabrics for costumes.  The minky and linens were $5 per yard and there was a lightweight woven poly/cotton section for only $2 per yard.  I snatched up some blue and white gingham for a costume (guess which costume.....that's right!  A Dorothy Wizard of Oz costume!) for only $2 per yard.  In the back there were a bunch of zippers, some dye, and a bunch of notions. 

Journal Fabric, on 9th between Wall and Maple, was full of apparel fabrics and they had a surprisingly decent selection of knit solids.  I saw some silky (poly) prints, swimsuit fabric, and as you can see at the storefront they have a bunch of fabric for only 99 cents per yard.  Here, I found the perfect shade of blue fabric to make a T.A.R.D.I.S. dress for Halloween.  If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you need to check out my favorite sci-fi show of all time, Doctor Who!

Before walking into Zip-Up Zipper, I had no idea so many zippers existed!  There are silver, antique, and gold metal zippers.  There are zippers that open from both ends.  There are cute zipper pulls with palm trees on them.  There are zippers that are over 12 feet tall!  And the cool thing is...if the owner can't find a zipper that is the exact length you need, he can cut one down to size for $2 more.  They also had a cool selection of buttons and other notions.  I really enjoyed browsing in here.  I would love to come back.

Angel Textiles was my favorite apparel store to browse in, probably because at this time in my sewing journey I am totally into sewing with knits.  I kind of stumbled upon this place via the back door.  Up to this point, I hadn't found any poly cotton knit prints I liked, and this place was chalked full of them.  The associate sold me 8 yards of fabric for $2 each.  I didn't have to barter down to this price.  I was astonished at the price.  I would have liked to have bought more, but by this point my truck was chalked full of fabric.

A special thanks to my husband who came with me to the District the first day:

You are simply wonderful!


Well, there you have it!  That is everywhere I visited my first trip to the Fabric District.  I absolutely loved it, and I hope that if you visit LA, you get to go to the Fabric District, too.  We stopped in LA in the middle of a road trip and had to take our fabric camping in the Redwoods, through Idaho, Utah, and now will be trekking all the way out to South Carolina with my spoils.  Fitting this stuff in the back of the car amongst our camping gear, my serger and sewing machine, is a bit tricky (even when your trunk has almost the capacity of Mary Poppins' handbag).

We stuffed fabric in the cooler, around the boxes, and on top of everything.  What you see exposed is not even 1/4 of it.  I have a very patient husband who tolerates my fabric hoarding.

Our car has 193,000 miles on it.  The water pump sprung a leak a week ago (just a problem caused by wear) and we were lucky to not be traveling when it happened, so it was easy to get to a mechanic.  Now, we will be traveling between Utah and South Carolina.  I am praying that we will make it to our new home safely. 

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