March 21, 2010

Trip to the LA Textile District

My sister and I are fortunate that our mom taught us how to sew when we were kids.  Over the last few years both of us have started to really enjoy making things for our friends & family.   My sisters newest craze is making Amy Butler Bags like this:

Since we are both bored with JoAnn's fabric selections we decided to venture to the LA Textile District.  This was one of the most fabulous days I've had in a long time.  We got down there and found a pay to park all day lot.  As we walked away, my sister asked if I was ok.  She knows I am nuts about the perfect parking place.  I told her "That's what insurance is for, right?"  The area we were in was not so pretty. We walked up two blocks and we forgot about where we were..because in front of us was more fabric than we could imagine. Fleece in every color, every pattern, stuff we have never seen before.  Most of it was $2.00 a yard..for the same fabric that JoAnn's sells for $8.99 a yard. We were so excited.  We walked up and down 9th Street, Maple and a few others.  The last store we went in was our favorite. It was Michael Levine's. Mom had taken us there 20+ years ago when she had a leotard business.  We laughed about how easy it was this time because we had TomTom, Navigator on my Blackberry & a printed list from the internet. With mom I think we had a Thomas Guide and that was it...oh and NO CEL PHONES!  

We will go back soon, when we have particular projects in mind.  Next time we will stop and use a restroom prior to parking (they are very hard to find) & we will take a snack. Most of the eateries there, don't look like places that we would trust to eat.   We shopped for about 4 hours, then headed back North.  We stopped in Encino to have lunch and then in Calabasas at Crumbs Cupcakes for a sugar fest. 

Can't wait to go again with my sis..and maybe we'll be lucky to have our Mom join us.  Thanks Mom for teaching us how to sew & Thanks Sis for sharing a fabulous day with me!



Mary said...

Sounds like a great day! There is a similar district in Toronto and I love going with my sister (she is in the fashion industry and I make her sew my pillows with the great fabrics we find).

SDVJULS said...

It was like being in a candy many choices. Now we know what's there so we hope to go back soon

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