Last month, I took a day trip to Silicon Valley California. There wasn’t much time for shopping but I did stop by the bohemian town of Berkeley to check out this shop:
Stone Mountain and Daughters is an awesome fabric shop! When you first walk in the shop, you see the quilting fabrics on display. The room on the right was far more exciting for me because of the apparel fabrics there. Check out these cool textured silks.
What was also eye-catching were the many sample garments on display from the Decades of Style pattern line.
I liked the samples even better than the samples shown on the Decades of Style web site and was inspired to try the Collar Confection Blouse based on this sample (sorry for the blurry cell phone photo).
I loved the red silk brocade used to make this blouse. It was perfect for this style. I hunted for it in vain but unfortunately, I couldn’t find any more of the fabric. I still picked up the pattern though.
Stone Mountain has an impressive stock of indie patterns. I was tempted to walk out with stacks of them but held back.
However, I didn’t have as much control when it came to the fabric. Especially when I discovered the clearance section upstairs!
The prices were very reasonable. This is my haul (from left to right): white silk, grey pinstripe wool, crinkle silk organza, animal print lining and grey wool suiting. The white silk was a steal. It is thick in weight and perfect for my foray into experimental fabric dyeing.
This woolen hairy beast was also a steal. It will make a warm coat. Need to find a simple, non-fussy pattern though because it is quite thick to sew and probably sheds a lot.
After my shopping excursion, we headed back to the hotel. On the way, we had a quick meal in Palo Alto. Downtown Palo Alto was beautiful. Someday, I hope to be back for a longer visit. Perhaps for a Sandra Betzina class at Stone Mountain Fabrics? 🙂