At this very moment I am returning from a trip to Southern California. I am visiting my mom, and I am so lucky that I get my passion for sewing from my her, and so when we are together we go into the LA Garment District to shop. I loaded up this trip on very special fabric. Last year I was after the deals, and I found some great ones. This year I was after beautiful and unique fabrics I don’t have access to at home. They were still great deals, just not the $1 or $2 a yard like last time. I purchased some silk jersey for $7 a yard, silk linen blend also for $7, rayon for $5 and a European silk wool boucle for $25 a yard that makes me swoon.
And I shopped at the store where Michael Costello gets his stretch sequin tulle. I don’t need any stretch sequin tulle, but if I did, I would certainly buy it from there. The sequins had a lovely matte finish and were inlaid in different designs. Lovely stuff!
The day was a great success and it will be so very fun to sew these up. Let the planning begin! Feel free to suggest patterns for my silk jersey…I’ve never worked with such luxurious stuff!
Our featured seamstress this week is Helen from Funkbunnysgarden. Last week she made such a vibrant, beautiful jacket and it caught my eye. I even saw Tessuti Instagram it as a stunning example of their new pattern, the Sydney jacket. I’m turning the corner into warm weather here in Seattle, but her jacket made me want to bundle up in some boiled wool myself.
Here is what Helen had to say about her sewing:
I’ve always been interested in making stuff. I grew up in a family where someone was always building/planting/cooking something and I started sewing with Mum when I was quite young. However, I didn’t really sew much as an adult until my neighbour gave me a bag of beautiful, colourful upholstery fabrics and it sparked my interest in sewing again; first bags and cushions, then quilts and clothes. I’m motivated to sew now for a few reasons: I still feel a strong need to create, to use my hands to make something functional and to learn in the process. I’m also pretty environmentally-minded and sewing my own clothes (often using thrifted fabrics and notions) hopefully reduces my footprint a little.
What is your favorite thing about sewing?
It’s hard to pick one thing but I do love the planning stage – that time when patterns and fabrics swirl around in your head and the possibilities seem endless. I also enjoy different things depending on my mood. For example, sometimes I’ll really enjoy working through a bit more complicated project where I follow instructions to the letter and learn something new, like when I made a button up shirtdress with a collar (The Grainline Alder) for the first time. But other times I love to go rogue, ignore the instructions completely and have a bit of a play – it all depends!
As a social person with a solitary hobby I also love that sewing has given me a whole new group of friends. At first it was a bit strange meeting people ‘off the internet’ but it’s been a lot of fun meeting other sewists and we ‘chat’ regularly on social media – invaluable when you need instant feedback on which buttons to choose!
Probably clearing up after I’ve made a big mess in my sewing room (I’m not a tidy sewist). Or realising that I cannot possibly sew all of the things that I have in my head!
What is the most recent thing you’ve learned about sewing?
I did a small shoulder adjustment on a jacket pattern recently, and also inserted my first exposed zip. Thanks to the online sewing community I feel like I’m constantly learning as there is such a wealth of knowledge out there.
Our link up is going to be fun this week. But first, here are a few rules:
- Women’s garments only
- Made or blogged in the past week only – to avoid reposts.
- The party is open for a week, until next Friday, and I’ll open a new one Saturday. Feel free to link up every once in a while or try to complete a garment every week!
- You don’t have to blog to join in! Link up your Pattern Review, your Kollabora project or even an Instagram pic. I know there are so many lovely things made that we never see because not everyone is crazy enough to blog. I also have one person who emails me the pictures so I can get them up here.
Optional additional ideas:
- If you are on a blogging platform that supports links, please link back to www.grayallday.com by using the Sew it Chic in a Week button in the sidebar, or just a simple mention in the text of your post. That way more people will find the party!
- Look around and share a comment or 2 with a neighbor. I don’t mind admitting that I savor blog comments as much as shopping the LA garment distrcit. They are encouraging and build community.