I don’t and here’s why. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from my front door the best of what Poppy offered me is thriving under the Piedmont Fabric awning. That’s because Lan Nguyen is still working her magic, outfitting us Oaklanders with plenty of fabrics and notions to make our visions reality. I cannot count the number of times that Lan has given me an idea that has come to full fruition. Were I a more skilled seamstress the results would surely be even better, but for me, it’s good enough to keep up my life long sewing habit.
My favorite thing about Poppy was standing at the cutting counter asking other customers what they had planned for their beautiful purchases. Truth be told, Poppy was always something of an indigestible feast for my eyes. I simply could not fathom the full extent of possibilities that it housed and that overwhelmed me (I am consistently put off by big stores of all kinds). Piedmont Fabric is perfect for me – not too much, not to little, just right – every single time. It bears mentioning that the prices are always very fair, clearly the proprietress is a seamstress herself.
Today Adele and I breezed in for some ribbon to finish my dress (by the way, both fabrics were purchased at Piedmont Fabric a while back). I promise to post pictures soon, even in the likely case that not one-hundred-percent-pleased with the finished product. Literally, there was exactly the amount of 100% silk ribbon that I needed on the spool. Perfect every time!
I had to drag Adele out of there because I really must get this dress sewn! (Brooklyn, NY or bust this Sunday! I’ve got a wedding to attend. Adele will be joining me for the trip and my boys will be staying at home with my mom.) Adele’s got good taste, she went right for the Liberty cottons and was discussing some curtains for her place with Lan as I checked out. Next time Adele….
I’d be remiss if I didn’t share a few of my fondest memories of projects that came to life in conversation over the cutting table, Lan is quite the visionary. There was the dress for our flower girl that I ended up making because my mom was not willing to tackle the, perhaps unconventional but prefectly princess-esque) lace adventure that Lan proposed. There was the ideal lacy fabric for my wedding ball dress (it’s far more fun to dance in a proper dancing dress rather than an elaborate wedding gown, yes?) that took a serious effort on the part of many to get into my seamstress’s hands. There was the nursery fabric that became all the accessories to the changing area and bassinet. The fabric that became my boy’s first superhero costume to match my own (before he knew to have a preference for his halloween costume). The two dresses that I simply had to make for myself while I was pregnant in order to avoid buying fabric for cute little baby dresses since in my heart of hearts I must have known that I was having a boy. And much much more. Piedmont Fabric constantly fuels my inspiration from start to finish! I feel so grateful to have such a great shop so close. Now all I need is a little more time to sew….
PS If you love Piedmont Fabric as much as I do, please leave a comment with “Oakland Fabric Shop” in the body of your comment. The more people who express their love, the longer we’ll have our fabulous shop!