I have been a bit of a bad blogger. Well, lazy at least. A few weekends ago Elizabeth of SEWN suggested a bit of a blogger meet up in the LA garment district. I thought it would be fun to go before I have to start running around looking for skating costume materials (oh man you guys it just got real – costume orders are picking up right about now – how is it only January and I already feel like I am in the weeds???). I was able to meet a few fabulous LA sewistas, as well as the little boy who lives with Elizabeth and all her fabulous sewing machines. Being the terrible lazy blogger that I am, I didn’t actually take any pictures of LA or the meet up. But I do have pictures of fabric. Of course.
First stop was Michael Levine’s – where I did a bit of guilt buying. See, I was supposed to finish my sister’s coat for Christmas. And we have a muslin! But actual construction of said coat hasn’t really started yet, so I feel a bit bad. Also, my recent adventures in the land of sewing home dec has me believing that pillowcases are the best gift ever. So I bought some cute cotton prints to make a few more holiday gifts…
|Cameras! My sister majored in photography, so she has a thing for weird looking cameras.
Also, sparkly dots because, um, pretty.
I got a few other things there as well – but they are going to be for a special project (part of my fantasy sewing plans for sure), so I don’t want to show the fabrics off yet. People who were at the meet-up know, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise in case I can’t get it done in a timely manner. Ideally I would like to get it finished by the end of March, but with skating orders picking up… I can’t be sure. I can give you a bit of a hint though – it involves frozen fractals. I am still looking for a few embellishments, but I was able to find all the fabric I needed to work on the sewing part of the project.
Next stop: The Loft. Bins and bins and bins of remnant fabrics. Everyone had fun digging, though I don’t think anyone left with as much poundage as usual. It is always a bit of a hit or miss in there, but I did manage to find several pieces to bring home:
|Blue poly peach skin for a shirt muslin, and several knit prints.|
We had fun visiting a lot of other stores in the city – I even went to several that I had never been in before! I didn’t get much fabric from the other stores (well, a few things for my special secret project) There are definitely places I would go back to again if I were looking for garment fabrics though. There were lots of fabrics I really liked, but nothing that I absolutely loved enough to take home with me. At least, not this time.
We had a lovely lunch at a local taco place and discussed everything from school to sewing to books to kids and driving. It was a fantastic day of shopping and making new sewing friends. I am so happy I was able to go – it was tons of fun and I would love to do another blogger meet up again!
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We were very bad, buying all that fabric, but it's hard to resist. Let's be bad again real soon!