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How to Buy Fabric by the Pound… Minh’s Approach

Yesterday, I wrote asking about how to buy fabric by the pound as was the system at the Loft of Michael Levine’s in the LA Fashion District. By chance, I got to go there today as the day’s plans made by others got changed. Here was my strategy.

The place was a bunch of bins of whatever in whatever sizes there were, just as Guild member Kathleen had emailed me. If you were lucky, you’d be there on the days of or soon after designers dump off their discards and you might get some really wild, exotic and probably expensive fabrics.

I don’t think I was lucky. Everything was everywhere. Lots of big boxes you can’t realistically expect to see the bottom half of contents unless you were to do some serious digging and displacement of fabrics for every box. Lots of interesting stuff, but not much too wild.

The thought that came to my mind right away was go for sheer and lace. There was enough of it by the yard, as well as by air holes in the fabrics to make it “light” and good length for the value, lol.

Unfortunately, not too much interested me. Still, to be honest, what’s there are all pretty much bargains. It’s just a matter of how much of a bargain you’re getting.

The only pieces I ended up getting were about a yard each. A little piece of black sheer with deep green roses on it (shown below in double layer so the roses could be seen but pretty translucent). That was all of 0.05 lbs. Then a piece of deep red velvet (far richer in colour than the tablet photo below would betray).

What will they be used for? Well, let’s just say slightly scandalous garments… though not for me!!! lol

Minh in LA

How Would You Gauge Buying Fabric by the Pound?

I saw this sign in the LA Fashion District at Michael Levine’s.

fabric by the pound sign

Fabric by the pound, eh? I’ve never thought of it that way. I have no way to relate because I’ve never measured my fabrics. I don’t know if this were a thrift part of the store, or what, but I’ll find out some time this week. Being an analytical type, though, I’ll need some frame of reference to judge value. I don’t know if pieces will be precut or not, but I probably won’t buy much if I don’t know how much a few yards might come to in price as I would have no idea of weight.

We’ll see, but if anybody has any good guidelines or suggestions, do share. Please post as comment or if you are in the guild, please send to Guild gmail. I’m having trouble with my personal Hotmail account. No access till I get home.