I’ve been home a week since my trip to Los Angeles. I went to LA for Mimi G’s 5th annual sewing and fashion conference. It was a blast! I definitely hope to go next year and I would encourage anybody that is interested to register when the time comes. It was two days of great workshops for beginners and advanced sewists alike. The best part? Meeting so many wonderful women from across the country who share a passion for sewing. The second best part? Shopping! Read more on my recommendations on where to shop for fabric is Los Angeles.
For those of you who may not know who Mimi is, she is a pattern designer for Simplicity and she has a fantastic blog that I’ve been following for a couple of years now. She is a genuinely warm hearted person who puts together this amazing conference every year to share her love of sewing with others. Plus, she’s my favorite pattern maker! Her designs are the bomb. The first night of the conference was the fashion show. Any conference attendee could show off their garments made using a Mimi G pattern. The fashion show was so much fun!
Unfortunately I was not one of the top four winners this year, but the garments that won were well-deserved. I was blown away by all of the talent in the room.
Also, check out the gift bags from the conference! Mimi G really spoiled us! On the last day of the conference we packed into buses and went shopping in the fashion district. The first stop was Michael Levine Fabrics. I’m kicking myself now for neglecting to take any photos while shopping inside the store. I was too busy filling my arms with fabric. Let me share with you a few of the fabrics I purchased there:
I bought some newsprint themed cotton. Michael Levine has a large selection of fun cotton prints. I try to steer clear ordinarily of “quilting cottons”, but it was hard to resist all of the fun prints here.
I love this lightweight vacation-themed cotton. The postcard reads “I’m having a great time on vacation in California.” How fitting.
I also picked up this pretty flannel. It’s hard to believe autumn will be here in just a few months. Michael Levine treated us well. They served us lunch across the street at their loft space. Also, Michael Levine’s “loft” sells fabric by the pound, so if you’re willing to dig around you can find some great steals at only $3/pound. I didn’t have that kind of patience but I know many of the women snagged some great deals. The rest of the fashion district is a bit overwhelming. You will find stall after stall of fabric and notions. I walked around but worried that much of the fabric was of low quality. You can find fabric for 99 cents a yard. If I knew exactly where to go I’m sure there were gems to be found. But alas, it was too hot for all that.
The Fabric Store rocks. It’s a beautiful space and it carries a well-curated selection of fabrics. Plus, I found everything to be quite reasonably priced. I’m not sure if the owner was in that day or a store employee, but the woman who helped me was exceedingly nice. I had walked over from Mood, and she offered to ship all of my fabric from Mood and whatever I bought at The Fabric Store for $20! Mood would not ship for me and I was worried about how I was going to get all of my fabric back to Kentucky. My favorite purchase here is this gorgeous plaid wool:
The Fabric Store specializes in Merino wool imported from New Zealand.
I’ve gone ahead and saved the best for last. Let’s be honest, my heart belongs to Mood. I should not be left alone here for an extended period of time armed with a credit card. Very bad. But then again, it’s either Mood or Joann’s, so what’s a girl to do? A ten minute walk down La Brea Avenue from The Fabric Store will lead you to Mood Fabrics. The display windows are pieces of art work in and of themselves. Here are a couple of gorgeous inspiration looks that greet you as you make your way to the door:
I was particularly awed with this bird print dress. I love the contrasting trim around the edges. I think it makes the print feel modern and fresh. Spoiler alert: I bought three yards of this fabric and hope to recreate a similar look. Let me share with you what else I snagged:
First of all, how freaking cute is this chiffon? It’s a print of people shopping at Mood.
Maybe it’s a little cheesy but I had to have it.
You may recognize this brightly colored Marc Jacobs fabric from this post here. I found another iteration in yellow. I had so much fun working with this fabric on my previous project that I knew I had to get my hands on a few yards of it again.
Sadly, I’m now officially penniless.
But, it was absolutely worth it.