Fabric Game Plan + Giveaway

Whirlwind has taken on a new meaning for me, this past month has been crazy nuts coo coo cray cray busy for me. We’ve been traveling lots and then we came home this week just long enough to pack up our little box house and move to a beautiful home with a garden, fruit trees, plenty of space, and most importantly (especially if you ask my DH) a dishwasher (first time we’ve had one in 7 1/2 years of marriage!)  Along with traveling, packing, errands, cleaning and planning, I’ve also been emotionally drained, as my parents got a divorce this last Friday.  It’s been a long time coming, but it still shook me up a little bit, which surprised me.  I think all these changes although new and foreign, feel like forward progress to me, and this morning when I walked around our yard and found the most perfect little pink ranunculous bush, it all felt like a new beginning.

But today I want to rewind a couple weeks and  gush about my LA fabric weekend trip with you. If I were to sum up this trip in one word, it would be this word: FABASM. Oh my goodness, it was so fun. All the shopping met all my crazy high expectations, and far exceeded everything else I had in mind. I met so many great girls, made some wonderful new friends, and just enjoyed the cuss out of myself. It was kinda like the Willy Wonka of Fabric Shopping–all dazzling and impressive, but with tons of other fabric-heads who ooh’d and ahhh’d and generally freaked out over all the juicy fabric.

I had wanted to try and make something to show off my new fabric, but I ran out of time and decided what would be funner than to show you some of my big plans for some of my new yardage (all subject to my whim and fancy of course. PS where I bought the cut of fabric is indicated in parenthesis). First some selfish sewing:

Followed up by some pretties for my girlies:mad-mim_WRAP-UP_family

I actually did buy some handsome plaids for button-ups for the Hub and the Bub, but I’ll have to show you those later as the photos of them are on my other computer that’s not set up yet!

I got a modest amount of fabric (just enough to fill my carry-on).  I was constantly reminding myself what I had at home, and wanted to just get what I LOVED and can’t find around here– and also knowing that I can get all the basics + whatever notions etc I need from my local BFF JoAnn.

Some highlights for me. Michael Levine was so so amazing. It was a wonderland–the loft is where you get the fabric by the pound (for $2.50!), and that was like deep sea diving for treasure. I got hot and sweaty, and loved every minute of it. Here’s Melissa demonstrating our playful mood there, I got to give a huge thanks to this girl, she really is the one who made it all happen for us, she’s amazing.  Back to Michael Levine, the main store is so vast, and so varied, and just so so great, I could have spent hours and hours there.

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And then there was Mood. Holy Fruitcake. I was sort of like a deer in headlights there, I didn’t even know where to start, and was just in shock and all the beautiful silks, cottons and knits. It was even more amazing than I had imagined, and even though it was much more expensive it was so fun to splurge on a few favorites.


My other favorite LA fabric district shop was Angel Textiles. It was like this diamond in the rough, and I was so impressed with what they had for how CHEAP they had it. I got some of my favorite finds there.

And Golden Cutting and Sewing Supplies, this store was awesome. I got stuff like a roll of elastic, quality zippers for like 50 cents, and serger thread for cheap cheap cheap. I know I know, you gotta beware of cheap serger thread, but it looked pretty decent to me, and I needed more white thread!

I also loved our tour of FIDM (I loved looking at their –crystal ball 2014 fashion books!!), and got a few treasures at their scholarship store.

And last but not least, I had SO MUCH fun shopping, eating, and talking with these ladies.  I especially enjoyed our GNO dinner on Saturday night, it was so fun and so delicious!fabric-weekend-girlies

It was so fantastic, and now I get to share a little of it with you! I am WAY LATE posting this giveaway, but you have until TOMORROW to enter, and enter you should, this is such a stellar giveaway!!


One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • Brother 1034D serger!! (I’ve heard amazing things about this model, donated by GoToPatterns.com)

Four Lucky Winners will receive:


Contest Rules:

Giveaway open internationally to contestants 18 years or older. Contestants must enter their email address to be added to the LowPriceFabric.com and GoToPatterns.com email newsletters to win. All prizes are awarded in the form of gift certificates. Winners responsible for paying shipping. Gift certificate value of serger is $210. Contest open from June 11, 2013 through June 20, 2013 EST. Winners will be notified within 24 hours of winning. Winners have 48 hours to claim their reward. New winners will be chosen if prizes are unclaimed. Winners will be emailed their rewards within 7 days of claiming their prize. ONE ENTRY per person. This contest is being held on multiple blogs. Please enter only once. You will be counted only once.

*giveaway closed*

Winner of the Grand Prize, Brother Serger: Shannon R

Winners of the $50 Gift Certificate to LowPriceFabrics.com, GoToPatterns.com and a Craftsy class are:

Nicole B
Maria levin




I LOVED reading about how your trip was and your plans for the new fabrics. I hope your mom found a new apt here. Good luck w/the move!

LindaC in AZ

Thanks for telling about your experience in LA. My dream is to get to Michael Levine Loft. Sounds like you had a great time.


What an absolute blast! I feel like it’s a huge luxury and adventure just to go to my local fabric store without my kids. 🙂


I’m sorry to hear about your parents, and to be moving too! I hope you hve the opportunity take some moments for yourself to rest and emotionally process all your life changes. *hugs!*

On a lighter note, you sewing plans are FAB!


Wowza, that is a lot to deal with at once… *hugs* Hope that you get settled into your new place okay, it sounds well worth the move! It looks like you had an amazing trip, gosh, I had no idea what I was missing in LA! I have family there, and will have to see if I can make that part of my next trip down. 🙂


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