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Date: 2/28/14 1:02 PM

I live within walking distance of two fabric stores, both on Pico Blvd: F&S Fabrics and Sew Modern. They're very different stores. F&S has been around for decades and is very practical and old-school, while Sew Modern has a bit more of a hipster vibe and carries lots of organic, fair trade fabric with funky designs.

But other than these 2 stores, I actually haven't seen too much of LA's fabric scene. Does anyone have favorite stores? What are they like?
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Date: 2/28/14 2:43 PM

Ooooh, The Fabric Store at 136 South La Brea! They have lovely linens and silks, but their big deal is the best selection of New Zealand merino wool knits you are likely to see anywhere. And at good prices, too.

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Date: 2/28/14 3:02 PM

I just checked out their website and am in love with their spring collection of cotton florals. This is definitely on my list of places to visit once my car gets fixed!
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Date: 2/28/14 3:53 PM

Does F&S Fabrics carry only expensive fabrics in store similar to their online store? I just can't see paying $50 - $70/yard for rayon jersey!

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Date: 2/28/14 4:05 PM

And right across from the Fabric Store is a breakfast/lunch place, The Sycamore Kitchen, with a wuuuunderful bakery and breakfast/lunchmenu. Their Double B-LTA sandwich is to DIE for!

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Date: 2/28/14 4:14 PM

The places I'm going to mention are not walking distance. I'm not sure what teh metro options are in your area. The Fabric Store, as others have mentioned, is pretty great. Nice quality fabrics without breaking the bank. Moods is not too far from The Fabric Store. They have a huugge selection of fabrics. They also have classes. Fabric Planet is in Venice has more affordable fabrics. Their store in downtown LA (the uglier one, there are several locations) is much cheaper. I haven't been to International Silks and Woolens but I've heard good things about the store. And of course the garment district in downtown is full of fabric stores. Have you read through the store reviews on PR?

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Date: 2/28/14 6:35 PM

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Does F&S Fabrics carry only expensive fabrics in store similar to their online store?


No, not at all! Their cotton fabrics usually range from 5 to 11 dollars a yard. If you ever visit them, keep in mind that they actually have 3 separate stores in the same block: the main store, the home decorating store, and the clearance store. So between the three F&S stores, and Sew Modern (which I think is less than half a mile west), that stretch of Pico Blvd has been pretty good to me.
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Date: 2/28/14 6:39 PM

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And of course the garment district in downtown is full of fabric stores.

Have you read through the store reviews on PR?


I didn't realize there were store reviews on this site. It has so many features that I need to take advantage of.

I have been meaning to visit the garment district, so thanks for reminding me! What are the stores like there--are they more like warehouses?
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Date: 2/28/14 9:06 PM

You've been downtown to the fabric district, right? We have been lucky enough to go there three times in the past three years, with help from PR member Kathi R. Fabulous!

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Date: 3/1/14 8:44 AM

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And right across from the Fabric Store is a breakfast/lunch place, The Sycamore Kitchen, with a wuuuunderful bakery and breakfast/lunchmenu. Their Double B-LTA sandwich is to DIE for!


Thanks for the tip! F&S and Sew Modern are close to a diner called The Apple Pan. You have to sit at the counter and there is usually a line, which is annoying, but their hamburgers are very good.

It is essential to be well-nourished when shopping for fabric.
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