Fabric Weekend Recap

I am sure many of you have seen so many photos of this amazing event all over the place – instagram, facebook, twitter, blogs – but I wanted to give you my take on this amazing weekend.  Warning- it is a bit long, so hopefully you can make it through the whole thing!

I drove into LA on thursday night – a two hour drive from my new place.  We stayed at the Omni Hotel, which was a perfect location in the heart of downtown.  Besides the horrific Valet charges, it was great. 🙂  Once I got there, I texted Jessica, my roommate and found out that the rest of the girls who had arrived earlier that evening were all at a restaurant a short walk away.  I headed over and met up with 8 women who I knew virtually, but had yet to meet in person.  It was a bit surreal.  They were just finishing up their meal, and we walked back to the hotel together.  Then we all piled into Bev‘s big SUV (yes all 9 of us!) and drove to a well known ice cream place called MILK.  We ate ice cream and chatted the entire time.  Everyone was just as awesome as I imagined they would be.

The next morning, we headed over to FIDM and had a tour of the campus.  It was so interesting!  I loved every minute of it.  We saw several exhibits, including a barbie exhibit

and a Toms exhibit,

all designed by the FIDM students.  We even got to see sweater knit being created by machine- all in about 5 minutes.

Left- Caila from Caila Made

The tour ended in their library, and we browsed through books showing us the up and coming trends.  Think peach, boxy silhouettes and grunge… hmmm.

We then made a stop at the FIDM Scholarship store which has a small section of $1/yd fabric.  This place is definitely hit or miss- sometimes you find some great stuff, other times not so much.  I found a few knits I liked.

Then we headed over to Michael Levine.

Oh my goodness.  We walked in, and went into their back offices, where we were treated with gift bags and lunch.

Then they gave us a tour of their amazing warehouse.  Think FABRIC HEAVEN.

If only we could have that next door to us!  The owner, Larry gave the tour himself.

They were such gracious hosts!

Then we shopped our little hearts out at the Michael Levine stores.  They have their main store, their discount store- The Loft- where you can buy fabric by the pound!, and their home-dec store. I bought at all three…  Not to mention they have an amazing online store too- lowpricefabric.com

We had a little bit of time left after that to start exploring downtown and then we headed back to the hotel with sore feet and happy smiles.

Oh- And bags of fabric.

That night, we headed to Olvera Street and had yummy authentic Mexican food for dinner, and we tried to grab a churro at Mr. Churro but they were closed!

We then headed back to the hotel and hung out till midnight chatting, having dessert and drinks.

The next morning, we went to MOOD!

Left- Stef from Girl Inspired, Me, Right- Cherie from You & Mie

Oh my goodness, I don’t even know where to start.  They had leather in every color, and I bought some gorgeous blue – going to try to make my first leather handbag!  Then we were given a tour and the shopping began.  I was really lucky, because my husband had given me a gift certificate there for Christmas, and I hadn’t used it yet.  So I felt much less guilty as I found gorgeous fabric after gorgeous fabric.

After that, the group split up and headed out shopping again.  I went to another favorite of mine, Angel Fabrics, and we hit a few more shops.

Finally, the night ended with the Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Girl’s Night Out, hosted by Jessica (My roomie!) of Me Sew Crazy and SewSet.  It was AMAZING.  The venue, the food,

the company – it was the perfect way to end a perfect weekend.

From Left- Me, Sabra from Sew A Straight Line, Miriam from Mad Mim, Abby from Sew Much Ado

Sponsored by Jo-Ann, Pellon, Michael Miller, Coats and Clark, Dear Stella Design, and McCalls Patterns, we were given amazing gift bags full of goodies.


I was so sad for the weekend to end.  Even though I just met most of them, I feel like I just spent an amazing girls weekend with great friends!

Thanks, Jessica for this photo. 🙂

As for my loot (which I tried unsuccessfully to hide from my husband) – here it is on my floor.  Still in bags.  It’s been a crazy week!  I will show you what I bought soon…