Friday, April 11, 2014

Coffee Date Friday


Hey! I know I've been abandoning my blog and our coffee dates, but here I am. I've been sewing, I promise, but it's kind of hard to get out there and take pictures. It's hard waking a few minutes early to take pictures or it's hard to take pictures in the evening. I know, I'm just complaining. I promise to do better.

I've decided to join Me-Made-'14! When I started to read blogs last year, I came across this and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I already wear my handmade clothes, so that part is easy. The hardest part is putting outfits together. I don't think I have an outfit. Ha. I think my next project is going to be a blazer. I'm going to start off trying to make a Bellatrix Blazer. The reason why I want to make a blazer is because I was looking through my pictures, and the blazer was a wardrobe staple of mine. I do like a good, fitted blazer. That is my quest.

I met up with a few bloggers and sewers weeeks ago, and it was fun! We first met at Christine's book signing at Sew-LA, and they invited me to shop in downtown LA the next day. I wasn't really sure because I really wanted to sew and I'm a slight introvert, but I'm so glad I did. It was fun meeting everyone! These are amazing ladies who I bonded with quickly because we're seamstresses shopping for fabric! I learned so much from everyone. I kept on asking Laura and Jeanette what's the content of the fabrics. I need labels people!



I met Amity of Lolita Patterns and she knows all the good fabric shops. I met Angie of Bonne Chance who moved to San Francisco. Trice of Sew Tell and Laurie of Sew Exhausted came from San Diego for the book signing and fabric shopping. Laura of A Make It Yourself Mom's Diary who came from Vegas! Lastly, Jeanette who I kept on pestering about the fabric content.


The dress above was the dress that pilled like a maniac. It was okay when I wore it because it was the first time I wore it.

Oh, Oh! The best news! We bought our tickets for London and Paris! Gahhh! Sorry, for all the exclamation points, but I'm super happy! We'll be in London Monday, May 26 to Wednesday, May 28. From there, we'll be in Paris until Thursday. I'm super excited and I can't wait. It's the first time the mister and I are traveling to Europe together. I'll be fabric shopping of course. I'll have to be particular about which fabrics I buy. 

I've been going back and forth about the dress I want to make for my friend's wedding. I've been working on the Nicola, but I can't figure out how to do a FBA for the life of me. I might have to go into Sew-LA for help, and I thought I mastered FBA. I guess not. I do want to make a few things for the trip, the Pavot jacket, and a couple of few dresses.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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  1. I've been eyeing the Bellatrix Blazer. It really is a great jacket pattern. Can't wait to see yours! I'm so glad you came shopping on Saturday with us, and I didn't even realize that was the dress you were talking about in the last post. lol I am not good at putting 2 and 2 together, I guess. :)

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    1. I would love to make the Bellatrix blazer before my Europe trip, but I don't know if I have time. The ones I've seen are really nice.

      I'm really glad I came out too! I can't wait for the next time. :)

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  2. I'm so with you on needing fabric labels. One of the stores in the Toronto fabric district has aisles of floor to ceiling bolts labelled helpfully like "Knits" "Prints" "Denim" but it's really hard to find the fabric content. Gah!

    It's a shame about that dress; it's really cute.

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    1. I love Toronto! The mister and I were there last year visiting his family. His poor cousin took me around Toronto looking at fabric in the rain.

      Yes, I need labels. I've sewn with cotton and rayon but I can't tell the difference. It's so hard to tell. I need labels or those magical skills!

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  3. I know what you mean about labels, too many times I have bought the wrong fabric for a project and been disappointed with the final result. I guess that too is part of learning to sew well. It sounds like you had a great time, fabric shopping is always better with fellow sewing nerds.

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    1. It is part of learning to sew well. I think I need to get out of my comfort zone of sewing with cottons. Fabric shopping with fellow sewing nerds is pretty awesome. I can't wait to do it again even though my wallet will be screaming at me. ;)

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  4. I know exactly how you feel, I've bought fabric that I thought perfect and then discovered it was all wrong for a project. I think you just have to keep sewing and trying, you'll start to recognize the feel of the fabric.

    I think the only place you might be able to see the content is Michael Levines. If it's not on the roll/bolt, you can try to find the fabric on their website...I've done that a couple times

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    1. I hope with more time I'll be able to recognize fabric. Of course, in order for that to happen, I have to sew other fabrics than cotton. ;)

      I go to Michael Levine, and love their sales. It's the only store in DTLA that I like because it does have the content on bolt and it's organized. I've come to like The Fabric Store because it has the content on there and it isn't overwhelming as Moods.

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    2. You should also try FIDM's scholarship store, I'm not sure if it has the content but someone will likely help you figure it out. Also, you can get really nice fabric and it's very inexpensive, their silk fabric is only $5

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