San Francisco was a blast! I met up with longtime blog-friend Lisa Solomon, who agreed to take me around to some fabric stores. She is just the sweetest and most interesting person. It was good to finally meet in person and to talk about blog-inappropriate topics.
Our first stop was the legendary Britex Fabrics.
I’ve never seen anything like it: four entire floors of meticulously organized and beautifully presented fabric, notions, ribbon, buttons, yarn, and patterns. It was bright and spacious, like a museum, except I never felt like anything was hands-off. There was a friendly and knowledgeable employee at every turn offering help (one even talked our ears off!). I wanted to pick up and move to San Francisco just to have access to all the wonderful silks and other garment fabrics. Judging from the quilting cottons, prices were a little steep. But that’s in comparison to internet shops, where you have to figure in shipping, and you miss out on touching the fabrics, seeing the scales of the prints, and learning about and being inspired by fabrics you normally wouldn’t seek out. So I don’t begrudge.
See Lisa’s great zipper shot here!
We drooled over Decades of Style patterns (still thinking about those Kitchenette Pajamas) and Liberty Tana cotton lawn (which I haven’t seen much of in person), and was amazed by the selection of tie silks. Yes, I could make a tie — why not? I didn’t end up buying any fabric, mostly because I was hedging my budget on Urban Burp, and Britex is more of a come-with-a-project-in-mind kind of place. But I did get a few ribbons, including the one with the “not allowed” signs below.