Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Baby Dress from Dad's shirt

Baby Girl has a new dress. And she's walking. She's 10 month's now, but had that down at 9. No wonder I've been absent. Here's her new dress! The blue came from Daddy's wedding shirt, the orange from my stash. I started with a pattern from a book, then threw it away and drew my own thing cause the book pattern and instructions were horrid. Yep. Horrid. This is big on her, which I knew it would be. Slightly A-line, and gathered at the bodice. I used the existing button placket from the dress shirt so I didn't actually have to do any of these buttons.
Dress front

Dress Back

Inside Front

Inside back...Look I used french seams!

What the armpit should look like.

Oooh pretty pit and hand stitched lining.

Eewww, look at that thready armpit!
 The bodice is fully lined, and I used some scraps cut on the bias to fake a bias binding on the armpit areas. One pit was better than the other, but the kid doesn't care. She can walk in it, but its getting put away for a bit cause it just looks too loose. Also, the button area on the front pulls it forward cause she's too little...needs a wider set of shoulders I think.

Things are getting made around here. And blogged. I feel so accomplished when I get a post done.
What have you accomplished lately?

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Friday, September 21, 2012

How to shop for fabric in LA's garment District

So you want to shop for cheap(as in low cost or just cheap) fabric in LA. You have heard marvelous things either from people or the internet about the amazingness of the fabric section of the garment district. Rumors abound about filling your car to the brim with a measly 5 dollars and some haggling on price. What's a girl to do but hop in the car and go?

I hopped in the car. I went. Google told me it would take 52 minutes. It took an hour and 15. Not bad, but any traffic sucks. Draw a mess of squiggly lines on a paper, and you have the Los Angeles freeway set up. Or watch SNL's the Californians to find out how many people approach this mess of options.

So I follow Google maps, and the location it leads me to is almost correct. It takes you to the front of the building when parking is around the back. This is the front. Just drive around the building for the driveway that leads to rooftop parking, which is 5 bucks for all day. They do have elevators.

So, My plan? ehh, I mostly followed it. Completely forgot to find the FIDM store. I'm slightly bummed, but not for long cause I found some cute fabrics!
The Loft

The first place I went was the Loft, across from the Michael Levine store. So so so worth it. All the fabrics were $2.50 per pound, and they have a 1 pound minimum. They also have cones of thread, some as big as my head(not joking) for $1. They will cut fabrics to length for you. Here is what I got!

Left to Right: 3/4 yard linen, 3yard gingham/checker, 1.5 yards dark grey knit, 2.5 yards light grey knit/jersey, and 4 yards red/black stripe knit. My total, after tax(this is retail, you will get a receipt) was $20.66. Amazing!

I went in the Michael Levine Store, was too expensive for me, but wonderful selection. And then I wandered. 

And I found this!
It came from here. They had tons of good stuff. I will go here again. The person helping me(Robert, I think,) was wonderful and pulled out tons of things that were kind of buried, and because I haggled I got 4 yards(cotton) for $12. This is so going to be a dress for the girly, and some bias tape.
And then we wandered some more, and hit Starbucks, right across the street from where we parked. You should also know that this parking structure has an indoor fabric/trim/beading heaven/mall inside it. Dangerous.

Here is us at Starbucks, doesn't that kiddo look so excited to be here? She got applesauce, mommy had a mocha frapp. And she enjoyed being very loud in an echo-ey space.

All in all, we spent less than 4 hours away from home. Figure half that for driving and half shopping/ walking. I should have remembered to look for FIDM store, or better yet written directions from parking or the loft. I am so pleased with my purchases. I think I will try to come here more often, and check for sales at the loft. Sometimes they will pay the sales tax or lower the price per pound.

Bring Cash! Unless you want to pay $3 to use the ATM. Plan to walk around. I do not recommend strollers unless you have someone to stay with your kid outside the store. I carried my girl in our Ergo carrier, and we were squeezing thru the fabric aisles in most stores.

Passed out!

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Downtown Los Angeles, the fabric district

I caught a bug. It's kind of intense. I so very want to go shopping in LA's garment district, and I live in Orange County, so its so going to happen. Tomorrow. And possibly next week also with my sister, or a friend, or both but different times.

Here's the plan for Friday's solo trip.

Drink Tea. Eat breakfast (as opposed to only drinking the tea, and munching on something later). Dress down(word is you get lower prices if you don't look rich, which I so am not) and wear walking shoes.

Bring the cash I have been hoarding for this purpose, and hit the road. Park at "305 East 9th Street, Los Angeles, CA" which seems to be thought of as the cheapest parking structure around, and which Google maps say is a mere 51 minutes from my house(in current traffic).

Tying the baby on my back(not a stroller friendly area), I will hit up the Loft(check out this link... Fabric is sold by the pound!!!) then put whatever I may have purchased in my car and peruse all the other shops.

I will hopefully find my way to the Everything is $1 store, and the FIDM store. I am looking for knits, and stuff to make clothes for the kiddo. I am also looking for the inspiration to never go to JoAnn's ever again...I already found a way better source for needles and thread.

I will not buy a hotdog from a street vender. I don't like hotdogs, and my money is for fabric. Also, if I have any left, I am looking at a serger listed on Craigslist Saturday. I highly doubt there will be enough left to make an offer that will not be insulting.

Wish me luck! Pictures coming tomorrow!
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Saturday, September 8, 2012