Right before I headed to LA for New Year’s to visit my friend, I decided I just had to have a short sleeved version on my Lady Skater dress. I used a dark green ponte this time, and decided to shorten the bodice by one inch. I am pleased with the results, except that the back neck seems to gape, and I am not sure why. With my hair down or if I am wearing it with a cardigan it is not noticeable. Not bad for a quick 2 hour dress!
This dress is really so comfortable, I wore it on the plane and on out a couple of times. I would love to make one with a black bodice and a colourful print on the bottom…..More more more!!
Ok onto shopping in LA. I had only 2 hours allocated to fabric shopping during my stay. My friend Kelly and I stayed overnight in the city (she lives an hour and a half outside of LA) and I couldn’t bare to subject her to many hours of watching me walk around fabric stores touching every single fabric that caught my eye so I knew I should stick to one store. Thankfully the sewing blogosphere made my research on picking one store very easy, and decided on The Fabric Store. I was not disappointed, this store is beautiful, the staff was so friendly, and best of all there is a large table with chairs where Kelly set up her laptop and worked while I shopped.
For anyone who is looking for Merino wool jersey, this is should be your first stop. This store is based in New Zealand which is Merino wool central, and The Fabric Store has a large selection – solids in any colour, stripes, and a couple of patterns. The silks they carry are also incredibly beautiful and plentiful which makes it hard to stick to a budget. I chose only one silk in black with woven dots as I have yet to try working with silk. The sales lady said they do ship to the US and to Canada, and although there is no online catalogue, they will send samples upon request. The store also has a frequent purchaser stamp card, perfect for me as I plan to visit again next time in I am in LA.
Oh – they also carry Papercut Patterns. I picked up the Coppelia and La Sylphide with the intent to use with the Merino jersey and silk I picked up from the Fabric Store. The others fabrics are cottons (some with a kiss of spandex) and a wool cotton blend for a skirt.
In case you are dying to know what Kelly was working on while I was shopping (because I know you were all wondering) she is a relationship expert at Cal State University San Bernardino, and she was working on her latest blog post.
It’s hard to come back from sunny Southern California to the Westcoast winter rain….good thing I have my fabrics to keep me busy!!