Hello everyone!. Two weeks ago, I went to the Michael Levine Loft in Downtown, Los Angeles to take advantage of their 30% Off sale. Because I don’t check their monthly sale calendar often, I found out about the sale 1 day before it ended. Therefore, I went on the last day of the sale, which happened to be on a Saturday. I don’t usually visit the fashion district on weekends because of the large crowds, but I didn’t want to miss this sale, so I decided to join the crowd. If you’re not familiar with the Loft, it is a small space above the Michael Levine Home Décor Building. All fabric at the Loft is sold for the low price of $3/pound. The space is set up with oversized boxes of fabric on the floor; shelves line the walls with cardboard tubes of fabric; a small cutting table for customer use; and the check-out area. If you’re willing to dig through the boxes, sometimes you can find great pieces. I will say that most times it’s worth the dig because you just never know what you’re gonna find. I’ve purchased great yardages from the Loft that have become amazing garments. At times it requires extra muscle to pull out pieces that have become twisted and tangled with other fabrics. On this particular trip, I had to actually enlist the help of the attendant to get a couple of pieces that were entangled with fabrics from two different boxes. Haha! Sounds crazy doesn’t it? Well, like I said, “You just never know what you’re gonna find.”
Check out some of the pieces I have sewn in the past using fabrics purchased from the Michael Levine Loft.
The majority of fabrics sold at the Loft are knits. Because I love knit fabrics and sew with them most of the time, the Loft is especially beneficial to me, as I can purchase loads of fabrics for both, wearable and practice garments. Using fabrics that I purchase from the Loft for my muslins is great because of the low price.
The only drawback to purchasing from the Loft is that you don’t know what you’re getting, in terms of fabric content that is. I just go through the boxes and pull out what I like, without concerning myself too much with the contents. Sometimes I can find the same fabric at the main store or on their website, which is always nice, because I can check content that way. Otherwise, I take my best guess and move forward. I’m currently learning about all the different fabrics. If I pull out something that looks like lycra, I treat it like lycra. If it looks and feels like a double knit or sweater knit, then it gets treated as such. I ALWAYS wash my fabric when I get home before storing it away. In the rare case that I don’t wash it right away, it stays in the shopping bag until I can get to it. That way it doesn’t get mixed in with the fabrics that have already been pre-treated. I just love shopping at the Loft! If you’re ever in the Los Angeles area, maybe you will take a trip to the Loft and find yourself some treasures too. Here is a photo of all the fabrics I purchased on this last trip to the Loft, during the 30% OFF sale. I paid $2.10/lb for these. WooHoo! Now THAT’s a sale!!!
For today’s dress, I chose this delicious mustard colored, ribbed knit fabric (pictured in the center of the left stack above), along with Burda 7137. I decided to use this fabric because I knew I already had the shoes to match. The Peter Pan collar is what drew my attention to the pattern. Because ribbed knits tend to stretch out during wear, I knew I was taking a chance on using it to make this dress. I strengthened the shoulders and neckline at the seams with hem tape (or you can use clear elastic), and the lining gives it the extra layer needed to help prevent those things from showing through that we want to keep hidden. If you decide to make this dress, I would use either a woven fabric or a Ponte knit. Oh gosh, it would be absolutely beautiful in a mustard Ponte knit. Hmmm.. maybe I will make it again someday.
My total cost to make this dress was under $15 (including fabric, lining and zipper).
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All Photos Courtesy of CEMO!
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- Pattern = Burda Style 7137 (View A with collar from C)
- Fabric = Ribbed Knit
- Lining = Poly/Spandex
- Shoes = Steve Madden (Old)
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One word – WOW. First of all the dress looks gorgeous on you. Second – I love how you make affordable fabric look high end. Thank you for sharing.
Gorgeous dress and love those shoes with it! I just found you on you-tube and I’m looking forward to creating some clothes for myself with your help! So nice of you to do the videos!
Thank you so much Heidi! Welcome to the sewing community! I wish you much success and fun on your new journey.
I was just browsing your website and you have outdone yourself again. What a fabulous yellow knit dress. And, girl you a wearing it. I’m learning so much from you, it’s just so awesome, I feel like I’m dreaming. I have not had a chance to sew any knits yet. I’ve been to a few fabric shops looking for knit fabric. I’ve even been to Walmart, but I have to admit, Jo Ann’s Fabric seems to be my favorite fabric shop at the moment. Although I feel a little hesitant,I’m tempted to order some fabric online. I will definitely call around before I invest in fabric online. But, anyways, I just wanted to give you a shout-out on your recent outfit. Have a blessed weekend. I look forward to seeing your next outfit.
Wow! Jo Anna, thank you so much for this great feedback! I have big smile on my face and I’m very encouraged by your kind words. I’m so glad that you are enjoying my content. Don’t you just love it when you’re learning and enjoying it?
Just jump in on those knits! Once you get started, you’re gonna love it. They’re so easy to fit and they feel great!
Merry Christmas to you!
Merry Christmas to you too, and I hope you have a prosperous “New Year” as well!!
OMG, you did an amazing job! It’s beautiful, you’re beautiful. I will add this pattern to my collection.
Awww, thanks Art!
I really like all the fabrics you picked and can’t wait to see what you make! I recently made a sweater jacket and top with New Look 6735 and had no problem, except I made the top out of a knit that had a pretty applique pattern of tiny sequins and it was a bit ‘scratchy’ when I first put it on but soon forgot about that when it looked so good. ha!
Thanks Julia! I love it when we can overlook minor issues because we love our makes so much.
Love the ribbed knit and the vibrant color. Beautiful dress Anita!!!
Great dress Anita! I love the beautiful mustard color against your complexion, just absolutely stunning! (And let’s talk about the shoes though!)
Thanks Myra! Yes, the shoes were the reason for the dress.
I’m on the east coast and being a Washingtonian the options here aren’t that great. Do we have fabrics stores YES but its just to expensive so I find myself going to Fabric Mart Fabrics online to find really good deals on all sorts of good quality fabric.
If you haven’t checked them out then I encourage you to do so.
Btw, gorgeous dress but you know that!
Dee from BWHAT!
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Heeeey Dee! I have been saying I’m going to try ordering from Fabric Mart. I think I’ve procrastinated on it because I have access to so many local sources of fabric. Being near the Fashion District in L.A. is so wonderful. I am going to order from FM one day though. Thanks for the recommendation.
Classy and stylish as always
I love this dress. It is beautiful and you look beautiful in it. I so wish I knew someone who could have picked me up a few nice pieces from the sale. I’m in NYC. lol.
Thank you Michelle!
Hello Anita, it’s a beautiful dress and as usual it looks fabulus on u. Anita, have u done any tutorial on dresses? I would really like to learn to sew something like this. If not, am anxiously awaiting. Thanks.
Hi Dilshad! Thank you very much! Yes, I have done dress tutorials. I did several in the Beginner’s Sewing Course. More will come soon.
Gorgeous, Anita! One of my favorite colors!! Keep up the great work!
Thank you Yvette!