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Fabric Fabulosity

2012 September 1
by elizabeth_admin

Well peeps, San Francisco fabric shopping did not disappoint! What a fantastic day, starting with the Oakland farmers’ market and ending with meeting Shams, Jilly Be, and Stephanie.  We started at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley and then went to Piedmont Fabrics in the Oakland/Piedmont area.  Here’s a pic of Stephanie, Shams and me.  Jilly Be had to leave us after Stonemountain unfortunately.  It was such a treat to meet more fellow sewists and some new to me bloggers.


And let’s not forget the actual purpose of this meetup, FABRIC!!!  I scored some really great fabrics today.  I wish my friend Tim with whom I’m staying this weekend had a sewing machine.  My fingers are itching to start working with these new fabrics.

At Stonemountain I found a great black metallic knit, a silk cotton print with a gorgeous hand, and silk charmeuse print.  Loved these!  Stonemountain was pretty large store with lots of quilting cottons, flannels, garment fabrics and a separate classroom where the sale fabrics were kept.  The silk cotton I bought was in the sale section for 1/2 off.  I got a great deal.  In general, the prices were only slightly more expensive than the NY garment district depending on the store you’d go there.




Then we headed over to Piedmont Fabrics.  I loved this store; it seemed like whoever did the curating here had the same taste in fabrics as me.  A match made in heaven.  I found a faux fur that Shams said was something that Loes Hinse sold.  It has a short pile and has some metallic coating on it.  Do you sense a fabric theme here?  I think I will make a fall vest with the faux fur because I like making things long after the trends have passed.  I also bought a gorgeous large button.  I have no idea what I will use it for, but I. HAD. TO. HAVE. IT.  It’s about 2 inches to give you a sense of scale.



Isn’t that button AWESOME!?!?!??!!?

What a fun day!  Now, I’m off to a Korean restaurant for dinner.  Tomorrow is scheduled to be a Napa vineyard crawl and dinner with friends.  I’m having a blast in SF!!!

10 Responses leave one →
  1. Shams permalink
    September 1, 2012

    It was so great to meet you, Elizabeth! You scored some great fabrics and that beautiful button. Enjoy your wine country craw tomorrow! (And, yes, I am sensing a theme here, and it has nothing to do with fabric. 😉 )

  2. September 2, 2012

    Oooooh, pretty. I love your awesome button! San Francisco fabric shopping has always been awesome when I have visited the city – glad you are having a good time.

  3. September 2, 2012

    What a fantabulous day out, and I am so jealous all you sewing ladies got to hang out together. What fun 😀

  4. September 2, 2012

    What a great day and love your fabric haul. Looking forward to what you make with them.

  5. September 2, 2012

    Woman, you are an ANIMAL!!!! i’m here in my pj’s, slurpin’ at my third cuppa tea, and here you already have this fantastic blog post up with comments by several stellar bloggers! i could put it down to youth, but ….. who am i foolin. you just got it going on. 🙂

    You definitely scored yesterday. it’s nice to hear about the price comparison to NY, and i’ve found Stn Mtn usually has nice, quality silks at half off upstairs.

    But i CANNOT WAIT to see you in that metallic from Piedmont! it really brings out the smolder-sparkle in your hair and eyes, so beautiful on you. Perfect for a hot date – it looks so metal and hard, but when you touch it it’s so soft…..hard to keep your hands off of with the continual surprise of the unexpected feel.

    as it were 😉

    I’m so happy you’re having a good time in no cal! have a great time in napa today (my ma lives in the city of napa so we’re up there a lot – you’ll have a blast!) take care and have a safe trip home, steph

  6. September 2, 2012

    I’m so glad that you’re having a good time and that you got to meet Shams in person. Isn’t she fantastic! You also got some great fabrics and I wouldn’t have left that button behind either. Have a great weekend!

  7. September 2, 2012

    The fabrics look beautiful! Can’t wait to see what you do with the metallic fur one.

  8. September 3, 2012

    Congrats on your new purchases and for finding that fabric a la SF to be, um, to your taste! Thank god, not that there was any doubt of course.

    Yay too for getting all the school stuff sorted out – I know just how that goes. Yikes stressful when it shouldn’t be but then it just is.

    Happy sewing with your new stuff and please please please do let us know what you do with that gorgeous button.

  9. Jan permalink
    September 9, 2012

    So sorry I missed this opportunity, since I’m just a quick drive away south of Santa Cruz…I do love Stone Mtn.–I used to go there when I had season tix to Berkeley Rep. I’ts been a long time since those years.

    I will have to check out Piedmont Fabrics; it’s new to me. Next time you might like to visit me and shop my fabrics….I have more than a lifetime supply! Not so many dressmaking fabrics, but some….and a good designer (mill?) ends store nearby. I don’t know what to call it when the fabrics are from a clothing designer’s discontinued line.

    So glad you had a fun time in the Bay area!

    • Jan permalink
      September 9, 2012

      P.S. Love your fabrics scores and the button is exquisite!

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