So I recently came across Sew LA through Jamie Mears blog Isuwannee.  The funny thing is I’d heard about this place and then forgotten about it and it’s right in my backyard.  Sew LA is a sewing education space in Silverlake.  Following in the footsteps of other DIY trends (pickling, composting, IKEA hacking), Sew LA offers sewing classes focused on clothing as well as some home decor such as pillows and quilts.  Their online store front sells sewing tools and patterns and fabrics from small independent companies and designers.  Most of the fabrics are under $5 a yard (a steal!) and so many are truly unique.  I’m loving the following:

Alexander Henry’s Gallo Tea-Dye

His Imperial Kiku-grey

Phillip Jacob’s Full Blown – Carmine

Liberty Art Fabric’s Fordwych Mauve

 Anna Maria Horner’s Nouveau Bouquet – Teal

And of course Kokka’s Squirrel on Mushroom – purple – I mean, it’s kind of impossible not to like squirrels on mushrooms.