when you walk into the warehouse, you're greeted with stacks and stacks of giant bolts of fabric sorted by type, like versatile cotton lycra in every color of the rainbow:
need stripes? mel's got that too.
she keeps a carefully curated selection of licensed fabrics with all sorts of familiar faces printed on them:
super soft brushed polyester, which has become crazy popular and in-demand since a certain leggings company burst onto the scene over the last year:
if you're so inclined and are willing to put in about an hour of work, those leggings that are $20+ a pair can be made with just one yard of fabric...which you can scoop up for under $8. it's actually pretty fantastic.
she's got swim fabric year-round:
it's hard to focus on sweater knits when it's a zillion degrees out, but she's got those too:
and if you have time to browse, there are racks and racks of precut fabrics in various lengths. they're mostly sorted by type - stripes, floral, polka dots, characters, holidays, chevron...you name it, it's here somewhere.
so if you're local to the l.a. area, purple seamstress is open seven days a week from 9:00-6:00. mel and her super friendly staff are always so helpful and are great about offering suggestions for coordinating fabrics or what to use for a specific project.
i probably shouldn't even be sharing our best fabric secret, because now when we go see mel and flor they'll probably be busy with all of you...but that's okay. i'm a giver.