Wednesday, October 29, 2008
These needle kit is so cute. I love the pictures on it. It still has all the needles intact.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The entire area was filled with small shops which had big bolts of fabric lying on the floor.
Some of the stores carry trims and notions while others carry fake fur. Most of the fabric I found here is not really great in quality, but patience is the key. I found a few shops selling silk dupioni at nearly half the price as compared to any other retail store. The shopkeepers let you bargain depending on the number of yards you are going to buy. Some of the shops had a lot of polyester, satin and lace for about $2 a yard. Most of the laces and trims were sold at about 50 cents to a dollar.
I landed up on a Sunday, and it seems like Sunday is not a good day to go as most of the shops were closed. And if you are going with kids, it’s is going to be very challenging because the place is very crowded and you have to walk a lot, also only one or two stores have bathrooms and they give you the key for a minimal charge.
Overall it was a fairly good experience. I bought a lot of silk, trims and satin. :)
You can check here for comprehensive information on the location and the layout of Garment/Fashion District, LA.
Caution: Leave your husband at home. ;)
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I'll get back with pictures and more about it in a day or two. Do visit me soon. :)
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I made a dress for my little girlie. First I thought I’ll make an A-Line dress, but then felt it’s going to be too simple, considering the design of the fabric. So, I added Empire style to the dress.
(Check out the meaning of Empire dress at the bottom of the post).
So now the front of the dress has Empire Style positioned on the chest line, but without the dart . The back of the dress is a simple A-line. I did not use any commercial pattern, because I know pattern making.
The dress front has a square neckline and the back has a round neckline, and the armhole has a bias piping.
And here is the fabric yo-yo. Luckily I found a cute button after going through about say 150-200 buttons (Well, I have a big box full of buttons).
Here is my little Miss A with her new dress.
She had an immunization shot today, and I told her I’ll make her a dress if she promises not to cry during the shot. And of course she was too good at keeping her promise and never cried other than just a little aaaaaaah, oohhhhh. And that's how the shot episode ended, unlike the crying and shouting that happens every time.
*Empire Dress: Empire designs have a horizontal line underneath the bust area proportional to the figure. It also includes a fisheye dart that is used to shape the bust and the waist areas.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Garden Party-Fanfare Rose by Anna Maria Horner.
Rhapsody- Spanish Floral Black by Rosemarie Lavin.
I absolutely love them. They are sooooooooo beautiful. I am planning to make a dress for my little girl with Heather Bailey’s Pop Garden and Bijoux.