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Date: 5/1/12 7:39 PM

There are a couple of threads scattered around relating to specific meet-ups and the LA Garment District, but not really one for just general chat for the SoCal sewers. There seems to be quite a few of us scattered about, so I figured I'd start a thread.

So who's out there in the sunny south of the Golden State, and what are you making right now?

I just finished a copy of a pair of jeans using the Kenneth King craftsy video. I'm pretty happy with them, but I haven't found that good of a selection of denim in the fashion district downtown. It's such an amazing resouce to have so nearby, but I think I might have to resort to ordering online for getting just the right denim the next time.

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Date: 5/1/12 8:17 PM

Great idea! I wish I could head up to the LA Garment District whenever I wanted, but I'm a working mom, so rarely have time to myself to go.

Right now I'm working on a pair of seersucker shorts for my son. First time matching stripes! Not the best job, but for a first time figureing it out on my own, I think I did a pretty decent job. Just need to sew up the side seams and put on the waist band.

I also have a cooridroy skirt cut out for me... but all of this has to wait until I get my tutorial for my blog done.

I'm surprised that the garment district didn't have any good denim.... I thought that some brand name jeans (I forget which) were made down there?

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Date: 5/1/12 11:52 PM

OK, I'll own up and say that I didn't look that hard. Michael Levine didn't have anything I liked, and I did a pretty half-hearted look around other stores. I wanted some denim with stretch, which didn't seem to be in abundant supply.

Glad the stripe matching worked out - what pattern are you using for the skirt?

I got some ikat at Michael Levines, I'm torn between making it in to a maxi skirt, and some kind of shorter style like a an a-line or a knee length one with pockets.

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Date: 5/2/12 0:02 AM

I don't really live in SC, more in the central valley. I remember Michael Levine having another store upstairs, across the street from the main store. That store had nothing but denim. I don't remember if any of it was stretch, since it's been a few years since I have been down there. F and S, which is not quite in the garment district, has a great variety of fabrics, but is not "cheap"

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Date: 5/2/12 0:22 AM

I live in Pomona and there is a store near me that's called My Lee Sewing Center that has lots of stretch denim. It's the only place I buy it from. The quality is great and they have several weights and colors. Come visit me out here and I'll take you there.

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Date: 5/2/12 10:31 AM

I just enrolled in this Craftsy class and watched almost all the videos in one sitting Wow! So much great information. Planning on starting my trace-off of my jeans this weekend!

Oops! Yes I live in Southern CA - just east of LA almost at the LA/OC county border.
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Date: 5/2/12 12:05 PM

Hi everyone.

Right now I am working on a summer top, Simplicity 2554, using a slub knit I purchased from Fabric.com SoFar SoGood. I am still trying to fit myself properly.

I have so many things on my "sewing to do list". So many so that I don't get anything done. Does that happen to anyone else?

I am expecting another package from Fabric.com today. Yeah!

I do love shopping downtown LA. I still don't know my way around. I usually go to Michael Levine's, and then wander around to the other stores. I need to get some trims. I want to go shopping soon.

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Date: 5/2/12 12:27 PM

I had to look up what Ikat was. I'm sure it will look great as either a maxi or a shorter skirt!

When I'm ready to tackle my first jeans project, sounds like a shopping trip to My Lee Sewing Center is in order. I used to live out in Claremont, but didn't sew then. Too bad - sounds like a good store would have been close by!

1betsy1 - Fitting is a challenge for me as well. I took a class here on fitting (Fun with Fitting - Bodice with Darts). But I wasn't able to keep up with the class due to work, DH, and DS. But I plan on using that to help me with my fitting challenges.

It's been a long while since I've been downtown, but I'd like to go soon.

Ms. McCall - The skirt I have cut out is Style Arc's Kate Skirt. I don't know why, but I seem to like the styles that no one else seems to make with Style Arc! No one made/reviewed the Felicity Blouse I made earlier this year.

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Date: 5/2/12 1:53 PM

Glad to see so many So Cal people joining in!

Thanks for the tip Sherill, I'll keep them in mind next time.

Kemish, I watched quite a lot of the video's before getting started, but then was watching them as I progressed too. There is sooo much information in it, it's a really really great course. And for me, it's much more useful than sewing up a super fancy dress that I will never wear.

1bestsy1 - I most definitely have that problem. For me, if I run in to a hard part, there's great temptation to start a new project before finishing the previous one. I also seem to be allergic to finishing hems.

I've never used a style arc pattern, I alway buy too many patterns in the sales in Joann, so I have a lot of unused patterns, and the other companies always seem so expensive in comparison.

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Date: 5/2/12 4:45 PM

Hi All,
Nice to chat with you! I currently live, and have lived for the last 7 years, just north of downtown LA. Literally, 10 minutes from the fabric district. I will be moving to Ventura County sometime this summer and have no idea if I can even buy fabric for clothing there! Ha! Good thing I know my way around and can get back down here with a little planning.

I have a pretty terrific resource to share....a family friend of ours own a wholesale business in west LA...on Pico just east of the 405. Rimmon Fabrics...they are jobbers and buy out designer remnants and bolt ends from all over the area. If you call ahead and verify a time to drop in, they are happy to sale to little 'ol homesewers like us:). Some time ago they bought out a Frankie B lot...so I have some really, really nice pieces of denim. They don't specialize in denim, so you never know what you will find. They do, however, specialize is silks. It would be the place to go for bridal or special occasion. They have all apparel fabric. I have fattened my stash too many times at Rimmon's! They traditionally sell to the smaller designers in LA.

Since we are moving soon, I am starting to pack up the house in order to clean
it up for showing. I don't know how much I will be sewing in the near future! I have a bazillion things in the planning stage, though :blush:.

ETA: that read like an advertisement. I am not affiliated with the Rimmon business, just wanting to share. They are a small, family owned business that locals only might be interested in!
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