|LIKE AN OASIS FOR A THIRSTY WOMAN...|
I'm in LA, and as profoundly ambivalent (oxymoron I suppose) as I am about this city it's fantastic to have access to serious fabric and sewing stores. Today headed downtown to Michael Levine, and then to Silverlake for the new-to-me SewLA.
The main goal was to find fabrics and notions for Gertie's Bombshell dress class. Gertie recommends Japanese cotton for this, which I've always assumed is essentially high-end quilting cotton. The fabrics I bought were made in Korea, and lack that weight and barkcloth-like texture she mentions. I suspect these are technically too light, but with all the under-pinnings I think they may work.
The orange is a Kaffe Fassett and the washed-out pink is "Kamari Garden" by Free Spirit. The lining fabrics are shirtings and seemed a fantastic value - super soft, and only $6.00 a (60" wide) yard.
Originally I picked the striped shirting to line the orange fabric, but maybe that's just a little too crazy...
I've always avoided quilting cottons for the usual reasons, but these fabrics are gorgeous. Rich, lush colors, intricate and perfectly balanced patterns with a lustrous sheen that is fantastic to the touch. I'm hoping that with a muslin interlining, lining, boning and cotton batting cups the fabric will end up being up to the job.
|LOOK AT THESE COLORS AND PATTERNS!|
|WONDERFULLY SOFT SHIRTING IN THE SLIGHTEST, BLUSHIEST PINK|
SewLA, they have tons of indie patterns, and a full selection of Japanese cottons.