Like an early 80's action drama set in downtown LA....with fabric....
I just returned from PR Weekend in downtown LA, near the Fashion District.
(Tip: Take the day after PR weekend off from work so you can write your recap and recover from the weekend.)
Antoinette (ATP) and I flew in a day early for some pre-conference fun.
FIDM Scholarship Store was our first stop. There is some great fabric here at $1 and $2 a yard and fun necklaces for $4 and $6. I love this place! They have sample garments too that we tried on. We ran into fellow PR members Jeanette and Jo while we were there.
ATP on the hunt
We then went to the FIDM Museum for the 2014 movie costume exhibit
And we took a detour from fabric shopping and fashion to attend the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum
Tons of HK merchandise was on display, including this Janome HK sewing machine
and this HK sewing kit
Follow the bows!
How tall are you?
Hello Kitty themed artwork
The HK bow crowns were given to each person visiting the exhibit; not everyone wore theirs.
Thursday night at the hotel lobby ATP spotted Rod Stewart and made eye contact; I only saw the back of his head as he meandered out onto the street...
The conference got into full swing with the shopping day as ~70 of us were unleashed in the Fashion District. We broke off into many groups so we had flexibility as far as which stores to go to.
Tip: Wear comfy shoes or sneakers; you're on your feet all day!
ATP and Anne
Shopping at Michael Levine Loft ($3 a pound fabric--really really good fabric too--yes, by the pound not by the yard).
More of the scene at Michael Levine Loft. Paw through boxes of fabric. You don't have to take the whole piece; you can cut it down yourself if you wish, or ask the cashier to cut it for you. There are also rolls of fabric on the sides of the store that are sorted by color. All of it is $3 a pound usually but because we were there for PR weekend we got 20% off of that! Thanks Michael Levine Loft!
Love the random thread stuck to my pants.
Also love the cashier; he was there in 2013 and is super super nice.
I bought exactly 7 pounds of fabric.
More of the scene at Michael Levine Loft
Next we headed across the street to the main Michael Levine store
Michael Levine welcomes PR weekend sign
Me, Anne, and the Wall of Locked Up Liberty (I understand why it is locked up ($$$$), but it's ironic that fabric named Liberty is under lock and key.)
Me and Jacqui--we first met at PR weekend in 2010 in Philly and have shopped together ever since. Love her contrast trim on her red shirt--her binding was absolutely perfect!!
ATP was next to Michael from Project Runway in the checkout line
On the street. This gives you a sense of what the Fashion District shopping looks like-- fabric stores on street level with some of their fabrics on display outside (multiply this picture by, say, 100). Having been to NYC Garment District many times and LA Fashion District twice, I'd say that it feels like there are more fabric and trim stores in LA, though I don't know if that is true.
I have my Jalie shrug on upside down it the above picture, ha ha ha ha ha
Lunch at Pattern Bar (a bar with sewing machines!)
You like big polka dots? Now THAT'S a big polka dot.
Zippers at Zip Up Zipper
There were buses to take us to Mood and a fabric store appropriately called The Fabric Store about 8 miles away from the Fashion District, but streets were blocked off for a commemoration event all day so we wound up having only 30 minutes to shop at Mood LA, not enough time for me to buy fabric.
Unlike the NYC branch of Mood, the Mood LA store is all on one level. Above is one half of the Mood LA store.
Bernina sponsored a party Friday night that included the pattern swap (so.many.patterns.) and the handbag contest. I entered the handbag contest with my V6072 backpack. I wish I took a picture of the winning backpack; it was the Vogue frog backpack and her prize was a Bernina serger.
Kossiwa and her amazing striped designer knockoff dress
PR Founder Deepika and I wore our dots for Saturday morning.
The room felt like a movie set.
Here's the view from the back of the room while Lynda shows how to make the changes to the flat pattern, post fitting the muslin. Some of the leftover patterns are shown...there were a LOT of leftover patterns!
In the afternoon, ATP, Anne and I skipped couture techniques to return to the Fashion District to buy elastic at Button and Trim Expo, only to find out that it is closed on Saturdays, massive heaving sigh!
(Tip: Always always always check store days and hours!!!)
I don't know for sure but I felt that this store, which I visited in Nov 2013 with Rachel and Jeanette, would have wide elastic in many colors that I could use for my exposed waistband on the Mimi G pants.
So we went to three other trim stores instead and the last one, Target Trim, had the BEST selection of elastic I was looking for, but I like the layout of Button and Trim Expo better.
It started raining on the way back, so we took shelter in the FIDM Scholarship Store, where we ran into Jacqui.
Tip: Bring your shopping bag so you can consolidate your purchases; Jacqui's has hers from an earlier PR weekend.
Dinner was at a nearby Mexican restaurant but I didn't take pictures.
Some folks stayed on Sunday for brunch and more fabric shopping, but I left to return back to NJ.
My me-made clothing closet at the Hotel Figueroa.
Thursday: Teal PR Linda shirt and gray Simplicity 1283 Mimi G pants.
Friday: Black PR Linda shirt and black Simplicity 1283 Mimi G pants.
Friday night: Vogue 8571 red dress
Saturday: McCalls 6559 polka dot dress.
Saturday night: Teal Vogue 1351
Backpack: Butterick 6072 view D backpack
Gray Jalie 3426 shrug (not blogged yet)
Thank you to Kathi R who organized the entire weekend and all the PR volunteers, and of course to Deepika who founded PR. PR is such an amazing resource for sewists. I've made many friends because of PR.
Next year PR weekend will be in....Chicago!