Even though it was over 12 years ago, I still remember the day a co-worker guided me into that old, rickety elevator on 37th street and introduced me to Mood, my little slice of heaven on earth. I had just moved to NYC with my husband for what we thought would be a fun adventure–him in law school and me living my dream of working in the fashion industry in NYC. Most days, I would just go and “window shop,” knowing our tiny student budget and escalating school loans could not support a budding designer fabric addict. In our 400-square foot studio apartment, it was difficult to sew much of anything anyway. Other days I couldn’t resist taking something special home (even if I did have to hide it in the back of the closet for months at a time). Every so often, I’d take on a special sewing project for a friend and it’d give me an excuse to walk the aisles of Mood with someone else’s money in my pocket with the goal of creating a timeless keepsake (something that can only happen when you start with the very best fabric).
When we decided to move our family back west to southern California after nearly seven years in NYC, I knew the thing I’d miss most was having a best friend who lived upstairs from me. The thing I’d miss second? Shopping at Mood Fabrics. The opening of an LA store a few months after our move sure helped ease the pain. A couple weeks ago, I had the chance to visit the new and twice-as-big location in Los Angeles.
Check out photos from my trip to the LA Mood Fabric store on the Mood Sewing Network Blog and stay tuned for my monthly posts there using fabulous Mood Fabrics!