We started at Michael Levine's on Maple and walked up and down several streets. Found fabulous bargains. And, my favorite lace shop is closing so loaded up with hundreds of yards of lace for kits.
We then went to FIDM. At their museum they have an exhibit called "The Little Black Dress". Dresses from Breakfast at Tiffany's, and other dresses from the 1940's to present day. Their museum is free and definitely a must see when you are in the area.
We shopped at FIDM's scholarship store and I got two large bags of buttons at $2.50 each. The fabrics this time were more winter, but at $1.00 a yard you can always find something you can use.
This photo is my niece and I across the street from FIDM with the Project Runway billboard behind us. Love that show!
Then we drove to Mood Designer Fabrics. I had never been here. Oh, my goodness! What a treasure trove of fabrics, trims, lace, buttons. Not discounted like downtown L.A., but this place carries high fashion fabrics. And, I've found a source for the silks I like.
The photo is my sister and niece. My niece is holding my bag of amazing trims from Mood. I was trying to keep within my budget so didn't buy fabrics this trip. But, I certainly will go back. How the designers on Project Runway can spend only 30 minutes running through Mood to buy their challenge fabrics is beyond me.
One thing that would make it easy is Mood has excellent signage for the various types of fabrics, laces, trims, etc. You can go directly to the section you need, but once you get there watch out! You could spend an hour just fondling the fabrics.
The staff at Mood are extremely helpful and friendly. Oscar, the mascot Chihuahua also loves to greet you. From what I read on the internet in NYC they have a bulldog in their store.
We came home tired, happy and eagerly awaiting our sewing day.