Yesterday I drove into Berkeley to visit Stonemountain and Daughters Fabrics. Here’s the location info:
Stonemountain and Daughters Fabrics
2518 Shattuck Avenue at Dwight Way in downtown Berkeley, CA 94704
OPEN 7 DAYS — Mon – Fri 10-6:30 —Sat 10-6 —Sun 11-5:30
I have, of course, heard of this store but had never visited it before. I was just stopping in on my way to Lacis, which doesn’t open until 12:00. I was so pleasantly surprised by this store. It carried a much better class of fabrics than I am used to from shopping at our local chain fabric store including a large variety of Amy Butler-type fabrics (which my daughter likes). The best thing of all, though, was that they carry many of the independent pattern lines and have the patterns in stock. I was able to buy an Islander classic shirt pattern and a gorgeous apron pattern from Decades of Style.
The apron can be cut on the bias from one yard of fabric like the mailorder patterns from the thirties and forties. I am very interested in trying out the shirt pattern which comes with a comprehensive, well-illustrated instruction sheet that shows commercial construction techniques. The illustration on the envelope is funny, though, since the men look like zombies (or vampires) wearing dress shirts:
I will definitely be back to shop more at Stonemountain and Daughters. After I left that store, I went over to Lacis where I picked up a few vintage patterns and a European embroidery transfer pattern:
These stores are only a short drive apart and are really worth visiting. Lacis is located at 2982 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703, but you can also shop online at http://lacis.com/catalog/.