Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Los Angeles Fabric District aka Downtown LA

Over the last few months I have been (not so secretly) jealous of Oona and her fabric shopping trips, namely her trips to the Michael Levine Loft in the Los Angeles fabric district aka Downtown LA. A few years ago I ventured Downtown and found Michael Levine, but not the Loft that Oona goes to. I have been wanting to go since she posted about it, but honestly I am afraid of driving in LA :( This weekend my husband Luke was kind enough to be my chauffeur and took me to some awesome shops.

Let me tell you about the weather in LA this weekend, HOT!!!!! When we got Downtown at 9:30 am it was already above eighty degrees and the Loft did not have AC. I was literally dripping sweat while sorting through boxes of fabric.

 Oh no big deal, fabric is just $2.50 A POUND!!!!

A happy kind of chaos.

Can barely carry all my treasures!!!

Next we went to a Hawaiian store that carries Hawaiian fabric and NBA fabric. This store had AC which made me very happy. So happy that I forgot to take pictures :( I was in such a good mood that I even bought some LA Lakers fabric for my friend Pari. She watched my dog over the weekend, otherwise I would NEVER buy Lakers fabric (I'm a LA Clippers fan).

My dad was clearly disgusted when he was sold a lukewarm water. I laugh so hard every time I look at this, I can't believe Luke got this picture! Don't try and pull a fast one on Tom!

Here are my treasures:


 The color doesn't show up correctly on screen, but it is a beautiful Tiffany blue.

I got a LOT of this twill. I think it will make a pretty fall dress.

 Lebron really liked my choice.

 Handsome.


I like this one, but I am giving it away!

 This fabric was from the Hawaiian store ($5 a yard) and I love it. It's so Old Hollywood to me! Celebrities used to eat at the restaurant Ciro's, which is what caught my eye. Did you guys know that I am obsessed with Old Hollywood? I am constantly reading biographies and autobiographies of stars from the 20s through the 60s. I have a couple of tribute tattoos planned, I might get one this week...

I see a future Renfrew out of that mustard jersey!

18 comments:

  1. OMG! I want to go to there! :) (Thank you, L. Lemon) Your treasures look amazing, and your dad's expression is priceless!

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  2. Looks like so much fun going through all those boxes of fabric! (minus the sweating part) You got some good stuff!!

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  3. Great finds!! I freaking LOVE that pic of your dad - his expression is so awesome! ^__^

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  4. Serious fabric score! I love that floral twill so much - major find! And that picture of your dad is awesome lololol

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  5. I'm so jelly! The twill is gorgeous, I want to buy fabric by the lb.

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  6. Great fabric haul! I love the Hawaiian print one.

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  7. Looks like you had a great time! I really need to get up to LA one of these days, but yikes - the fabric district intimidates me. It's about time I get over that though, I mean look at all that great fabric!

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  8. Wow! What amazing finds!! I love the Tiffany blue patterned fabric, as well as the floral twill and the retro Hawaiian print :) I love that Lebron approves, too! LOL! That pic of your Dad is awesome!!!

    PS: I would not drive in downtown LA, either. Eeek!

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  9. Yes, it is scorching in LA right now! Next time you make a trek downtown, lemme know, I'll meet you there (even if I'm on a strict no-more-fabric-policy right now :-) I'll show you my favorite silk store, muahaha!
    Driving downtown is no worse than driving anywhere in LA, meaning it sucks, haha!
    I love the loft, it's so hit or miss, but looks like you got some hits!!

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  10. Gorgeous!!!! Let's take a bloggers trip together. I never found the loft or the Hawaiian store (which was my main purpose of my last trip) - Bethany

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  11. Very nice picks. I love going to the Loft, always an adventure.
    Just a little fyi, wash those prints separately from any of your other clothes, I notice things from the Loft tend to bleed. :-(

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  12. fun fun fun!!! Luke is the sweetest!

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  13. mmm, dreamy fabric scores there! Love the pic of your dad - awesome facial expression caught right there!!!

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  14. Woohoo! I'm totally jealous; I WILL get to LA for fabric one day! ;) i like the stripey floral stuff. Good finds, can't wait to see your makes!

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  15. Way cute! LOVE all this fabric! I'm obsessed with Hawaiian prints-- can't wait to see what you make with that adorable fabric!

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  16. The Old Hollywood fabric is my favorite!! It's all so fabulous, it makes me want to jump on a plane with an empty suitcase this minute!

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  17. I'm with Meg, the Old Hollywood is great! Love this type of print. I am a sucker for any vintage/tourist item ha ha!

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  18. How exciting. I shopped the district for the first time in June as part of a sewing blogger meet-up and while we did shop at Michael Levine I wasn't aware of the LOFT until I read Oona's post in more detail. I am so jealous and already want to go back just to shop yards and yards of fabric by the pound! Beautiful floral twill!

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