another fabric store demise and Arman…
Well another wonderful little independent fabric store has bit the dust because no-one has time to sew.
I’m talking about Fine Line Design Fabrics in Menlo Park, Ca.
After much deliberation the owner, Roberta York, decided to close because she wanted to be able to make a living.
This was a great little store featuring designer ends (like Calvin Klein wools, DK silks) and quality fashion fabrics.
This is particularly scary because Menlo Park is Silicon Valley, an urban area of 5 million or so.
Roberta said that the women frequenting her store always complained of not having enough time to sew. Roberta also mentioned that she rarely saw women under the age of 30 in her store.
Have you checked out the latest Threads issue? It’s about duplicating Armani suit construction. This looks pretty time consuming to me. I wonder how many people will actually use these techniques to make a jacket that aren’t in the sewing or fashion industry and are working full time?
Please forgive me for being a bit miffed about this but I’m tired of trying to find quality fabrics at the local crafts store. I believe that women really want to sew but need more techniques for fast/simple/professional looking construction.
Thank God for the quilters. If it wasn’t for the resurgence of quilting I think all the fabric stores would close.