Hi All! I’ve had such a super busy yet wonderful past few days!
I mentioned in the last post that I’d be taking a day off from work to drive up to LA with my Mom and Aunt in an attempt to conquer LA’s fashion district and we did exactly that! I didn’t really know what exactly to expect because the only other “district” type place I’ve been to is in Toronto’s fabric district on Spadina. I would have to say that my LA experience was completely different! We got to LA pretty early – around 9 am – and all the stores seemed to just be opening. It was a gorgeous but hot day in LA this past Friday (my brain hasn’t switched over to Fahrenheit yet, but it got up to 35°C) and the store fronts were filled with bolts and bolts of fabric along East 9th street! My plan was to find some beautiful lace and eyelet, but the prices of all the fabric was waaaaaaay too tempting to just get a few yards of lace and eyelet.
Lemme tell you: I got A LOT of stuff! I don’t think I’ll ever have to buy fabric again (okay, that would be a lie)! But at minimum, someone will have to slap me on the wrist if I buy any more fabric from JoAnn for the next year! I got plenty lace and eyelet, of course, but I also got some beautiful knits (from light to medium weight), and some light wovens (for tiny pocket tank practice). I was also able to stock up on serger thread and buy some beautiful pre-made crocheted collars.
It was definitely a swap meet type of experience where first price was never the last price. Thank God my Mom and Aunt are gold medal hagglers! Most of the fabric I bought was $3/yard or less. The most expensive piece of fabric I bought was two yards of French lace which I had seen in another store for $22/yard and my Aunt was able to talk it down to $10/yard.
My two favorite stores were the infamous Michael Levine loft (where boxes are filled with pre-cut fabric and price is determined by weight at $2.50/lb of fabric – awesome deals!) and a store called Robert Textile – where the owner himself, Robert, helped me find the eyelet I needed and treated us with such kindness and care. He has amazing bolts of 100% cotton at his store, definitely a “must-visit” if you’re ever in LA.
This is just a small photo compilation of some of the stores we visited – it was hard to take photos as my hands were full from carrying all the bags of fabric; In the center is all the stuff we bought! There are just too many pieces to photograph individually, but I’ll be sure to post close ups as I make use of the fabric – I promise!
I had so much fun fabric shopping up there that I hope that it is something I can do once or twice a year. My biggest wish is that one day my haggling gene becomes activated and I can learn to get good deals the way my Mom and Aunt can. Wish me luck on that one!
And now!… As promised, here are some photos of my finished Archer!
I can’t get over how much I love this pattern! The reasons why I, personally, love it so much is that for one, I never felt like I could wear a collared shirt previously – I didn’t feel like it was my style and I never felt comfortable in one. So for that reason, I feel so happy that this pattern has broken me out of my mental block for wearing collared shirts! Secondly, I cut out a straight size 8 (no alterations) and I feel like the fit is close to perfect, especially the shoulders and arm length. I’m hoping that this might be the case with all the Grainline Studio patterns (*fingers crossed*). The only gripe I have during the construction was with the very last step – putting in the snap buttons. Now, this was totally my own
fault decision, so I cannot put any blame on the pattern itself, but MAN! Those snaps are a **bleep** to put in! I was able to get them all on, but a few got ruined in the process and my hands are a little more calloused for it. But now that they are on, they are pretty and fun to snap, so I might just have to use them again in another project in the far, far future.
I wore my Archer for the first time at my birthday dinner with my family last night. It was a casual yet yummy dinner at Marie Callender’s and of course I had pie (the lemon cake pie I had all to myself – which was to die for!). I liked that I could wear it open, almost like a jacket, but it was still roomy enough to snap up – pies in my belly and all!
My parents will be flying back home this week. I’ll miss them a lot, but it’ll be nice to get back into the swing of a routine – especially with all the fabric that is waiting to be sewn! I can’t wait to get started on something new. I feel like summer is just around the corner – perfect weather for lace, eyelet and lightweight knits don’t you think?
Any summer sewing ideas?