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Meetups Extraordinaire

2014 April 13
by elizabeth_admin

It’s been busy here at Chez SEWN.  The last three weeks have been a whirlwind of activities for Jack, school, Spring Break, camping, parties, baseball season and visits.   I feel like I have been going at warp speed for a very long time.   I’m exhausted and paid for it all with a massive migraine coming home from Los Angeles yesterday.  I am so looking forward to some down time next week when Jack is back in school.  Can’t. Wait.

One of my guests was Beth of Sunnygal Studios in northern California.  She was here for business and suggested we meet up for a day of shop talk.  Who am I to refuse an offer like that?  We had a lovely day; her writeup is here.  We spent most of the day trying to fit a coat pattern that was just not meant to be.  I was disappointed that it didn’t work out, but I already know my penchant for picking inappropriate silhouettes for my body type.  I think I’m an Asian woman trapped in a curvy body.  Sigh…  We did go through some of my recent makes and tweaked fit.  So it was a fun and productive day in all and ended with a great dinner.  Next time we meet up, I would love to work on actual sewing techniques with Beth and tackle my fear of welt pockets.

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Yesterday,  Hashi of Such Wild Love met up with me and the little boy in LA at the DVF Exhibit (which has been extended to May 1st!).  It’s a small exhibit but well curated and includes a lot of the portraits made of the Princess (she’s an actual Princess!).  I found it interesting how the scale of each print changed the look of each dress.  Full skirts, slim skirts, halter wraps, wraps worn backwards…  There were a lot of variations on the wrap theme.  Very cool.  And a lot of ideas brewing in my head.

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After a quick lunch, we trekked over the new kid in town, The Fabric Store on La Brea.

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Man, this might be my new favorite store.  Lots of natural fiber fabrics, organized by type and color.  Gorgeous prints and solids.  Lots of silks and knits.  Even some Japanese fabrics.  The prices, especially for the silks, were great.  I couldn’t leave without a little memento, so I purchased a cotton shirting that had a burnout quality to it.  I loved the print, a murmuration of birds in navy on a white background.  It looks so summery!

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We went down the street to visit Mood, but it was closed due to earthquake damage to the ceilings.  :(

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I was so disappointed.  The fabrics I could see from the window looked drool worthy.  The store is huge, almost a whole city block long.  There was a large sewing area of about 15 machines.  It would be so cool to take a class there amongst the fabric.

It was a great visit with Hashi and the little boy was on his best behavior.  A great day had by all.

I love sewing friend meet ups.  They really rejuvenate me.  It’s so fun to talk about the activity I love so much and fondle fabrics with people who understand the addiction.

Happy stashing and sewing everyone.

6 Responses leave one →
  1. April 13, 2014

    Wow, I must have just missed you at The Fabric Store. I was there yesterday afternoon and nearly got some of that same bird fabric. Went with a painterly silk cotton print instead. Also disappointed by the Mood closure, though I’m sure my wallet is quite happy:)

  2. April 13, 2014

    hashi is a big bunch of sun!! as are all of these pics– i love that it’s entirely possible to be completely wiped, and totally happy at the same time. that’s the perfect time for a cocktail on the couch.

  3. April 13, 2014

    I haven’t ever been to The Fabric Store but it looks awesome. And you have to go to Mood sometime – it is amazing! Unfortunately everything I fell in love with was over $100/yard when I was there. Apparently I have taste? But still amazing to be there, even if you don’t buy anything.

  4. April 13, 2014

    This sounds like so much fun. Help with fitting and then attending the DVF show, wow!

  5. April 16, 2014

    Looks like you had a fun day. Did you eat at a taco truck in front of LACMA? Did you take the boy into LACMA? He and one adult companion get in free–anytime, any day.

    I bought the same bird print.
    http://badmomgoodmom.blogspot.com/2014/03/pattern-placement-fail.html

    Iris feel in love with the piece so I had to go back and buy another length for me.
    http://badmomgoodmom.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-fabric-store-trip-report.html

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      April 17, 2014

      OMG, that’s so funny that we bought the same fabric. Can’t wait to see what you make from it. I haven’t decided yet what to make.

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