Grace in LAX

Would you believe you can shop for fabric after a 14 hour flight? Grace is a fabulous fabric enabler. You know Grace’s blog – Badmomgoodmom.

Hugging silk tweed fabric at a great price.

We met recently through Me-Made May 2013. Thankfully Grace had the time to rescue me from my first failed attempt to meet but second successful attempt to get a T-Mobile sim and she took me to SAS Fabrics in Hawthorne, LAX. I wasn’t able to get my act into gear early enough to visit Trash4teaching (T4T) but from Grace’s experience, T4T is a good place to shop.

Laughing our heads off at hugging fabric.
SAS Fabrics is an amazingly huge place where it you can buy fabric by weight. There are notions. Rows and rows of all sorts of notions being sold a ridiculously low prices. And you wouldn’t pick this store from its street view. It is huge and if you have a bunch of projects you want to complete, this is the place for those bits and pieces you need. As Grace says, fabric shopping is a great way to overcome jet lag. She was right in my case.
We were both happy with our haul and we’re both wearing me-made outfits. Grace is great at using her stash. She’s wearing her fail to win outfit.

Now on Day 1 of my trip to the States it would have been very easy to pick up lots of great prints and notions to fill my suitcase just at SAS Fabrics, but I was restrained. My haul only weighed in at 5 pounds. So I was able to farewell LA with 1 suitcase that had plenty of room left. Thank you Grace for the blue FOE and ‘seams great’.

A couple of workout wear fabrics, silks in classic prints and some notions (not shown).
I missed the opportunity to meet KC Sheehan (another sewer who cycles) as I over estimated what I could do in a day with a very tired hubby.

You were right KC. Next visit I’ll add in a few days (hire a car) to get to the garment district and fabric shop with you and Grace.

I love mexican food now.
While Grace and I fabric shopped DH said he was going back to the hotel after Grace picked me up, but he decided to stayed a Culver City Westfields and shopped at Old Navy. His energy returned:) Grace’s theory about shopping to overcome jet lag was proven to work for both of us.

For dinner we met up for real Mexican food (see the cooks above) and our husbands joined us. We had a great night. We all cycle so sewing didn’t dominate the conversation.

The next day I bought a Mexican cooking basics magazine at LAX as we waited for our NY connection, to remember the great day I had with Grace.
Thank you Grace and Mark. I hope to catch up with you next visit KC.


  1. hahah this is great- hugging fabric bolts. Sigh.
    It's cool that you picked up a mag to remind you of the day-I too, often get books/mags to remind me of an occasion =D
    BTW Carl went on about the awesomeness of Mexican food too.


  2. Grace is wonderful–she helped me shop at SAS. Since I was driving in, I was not restricted by the weight of my suitcase, but by the capacity of my car trunk. It looks like you got some great deals. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your trip to the USA.

    Rose in SV


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