4th of July off the shoulder ROMPER!

 

Okay, who else is dying in this heat? Because I know I sure am!

With that being said, it’s OFFICIALLY summer. So what’s easier to just throw on and go other than a romper? They are my go-to & we are so ready to share this one with you, just in time for the 4th of July!

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What you will need:

This ITY print

 Cynthia Rowley Pattern 8124

Elastic

You can even jazz it up with this necklace!

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For measurements, reference the back of the pattern:

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We also highly recommend these fabrics for this cozy romper:

In order: Shibori Bamboo Knit in RedShibori Bamboo Knit in Indigo, Robin Crepe, Pebble Crepe, Andrea Eyelet Liberty of London Anderson

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Here you will find a video that walks you through the whole process of creating this garment (hope the music puts you in the summer mood!) If you are a beginner, don’t worry, we have provided a simple walk through! If you are more advanced, we have accommodated you through the use of using your serger!

We want to see your final product!!! Tag us on Instagram or Facebook and hashtag #MLEVINECREATION for a chance to win some goodies!!

LowPriceFabric.com’s May Sales Calendar

Just a quick post to inform all of our blog followers about our monthly online sales calendar for May!!! Discounts on sequins, polyester shantung, bridal satin and rosettes, lining, Chinese brocade, batiks, Christmas cotton prints, and polyester charmeuse are on the horizon… Click on the image to visit our online store!

Look Who Visited Michael Levine’s – Marcy Tilton!

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of meeting long-time designer and sewing world celebrity Marcy Tilton. Although I didn’t realize at the moment ‘who’ she was, when Marcy handed me her business card the name rang very familiar… I later realized Marcy’s name was famous to me from her work with Vogue Patterns. Aside from designing patterns, Marcy blogs and hosts a variety of workshops, classes, and tours – among them an exciting trip to Paris’ left bank in May 2012, suitably called ‘Paris Tilton!’


What I love about Marcy’s patterns is that they are all any-age appropriate, and if you’ve got an eye for classic styling and cuts, you will appreciate them. We’ve just recently added a nice selection to www.LowPriceFabric.com.  My ‘Top 3’ favorite Marcy Tilton patterns are these:

This asymmetric top/jacket (appropriate for all ages, and would be cute lengthened as a trapeze coat-dress!):

These cropped trousers (suitable for any woven fabric and so easy to pair up – you could dress these up or down, night or day! Plus there are three style variations):

And this asymmetric urban jacket (with so many different fabric options, it’s easy to get excited about it!):

It’s always refreshing to meet creative people who have found success doing what they love and who are just as interested in others’ work as their own. Marcy was very kind and intrigued by our operations and endeavors here. I highly recommend reading Marcy’s dissertation on fabric shopping, full of practical tips, found here. I hope you will pay a visit to our section dedicated to Marcy’s patterns; I’m sure you’ll find one that strikes your fancy. And who knows, maybe one of you will end up meeting Marcy in Paris!

A day in the life… from arrival to departure at Michael Levine

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a roll of cloth at Michael Levine’s? Well here’s a behind the scenes view of our operations!
Nearly every day, shipments of new fabrics arrive by truckloads at our warehouse, located right next door to the main store.

New items are unloaded and checked in by warehouse staff:

Some fabrics, as shown above, arrive on a double-fold board. But others, shown below, need to be converted by warehouse staff from large heavy rolls to a more easily-handled, double fold board.

The fabrics are then stickered with prices and other unique information used to track inventory and costs.

Some fabrics are then moved on carts to one of three floors of our expansive warehouse, and down a specific aisle, to a specific shelf.
Fabrics are organized by the category and department of our store to which they belong, and then further organized and stacked by color and price.
The warehouse is a great place to visit when a customer can’t find what they need in store, or if they need a larger quantity than what’s on display. One of our staff will certainly be happy to bring you here if need be!

New fabrics that have not been previously stocked will await a different cart ride, which will take them over to our main store or home decoration store.  There, they will make their debut as new items:

Upon arrival at our stores, one of our floor clerks will take the new materials to the appropriate shelf, making sure that price labels are attached and that the rolls are not too heavy to handle. The fabrics are now available for sale!

The last step before a material becomes a project is when it gets cut. Yardage is measured and cut at one of five tables and written up on a ticket for sale. This is where customers interact with our friendly staff and exchange ideas and sewing tips with one another.
We hope that next time you visit our stores or website, www.LowPriceFabric.com, you’ll take a closer look and enjoy knowing what goes into the daily operations of Michael Levine! Oh…and if you’re wondering what happens to those last little end pieces when we finish a roll of fabric, be sure to read the next blog entry about our discounted remnant shop, the Loft!

Welcome!

Welcome to the official blog of Michael Levine’s, the largest fabric store in downtown Los Angeles! We’re REALLY excited to be launching our official blog in conjunction with our new website, www.lowpricefabric.com! Our blog will be a great place for us to interact and share ideas, projects, and inspiration. We’ll also be giving you a sneak peek of new fabrics coming into the store and hitting the website. We plan to feature seasonal projects and ideas and are certainly open to your suggestions! We can’t wait to meet our followers and get to know you as you get to know us!


Welcome to Suite 200… Behind the scenes at http://www.LowPriceFabric.com!