Monday, January 19, 2009

"...'til the sun comes up on the Santa Monica Boulevard."

Yes, the sun was coming up on the Santa Monica Blvd and all of LA this weekend! Andy and I went down to LA on Saturday and it was 36 degrees at our house when we left. It was 80 degrees by the time we got to LA. It was sunny and beautiful all weekend.

We had such a great time. If you read the blog, Bubble Gum For Breakfast, you know that Birgitte and her husband have been putting together a show called "Baby it's You" Well, Birgitte most generously invited us down to see the show! We, met up Saturday and had a wonderful lunch and then Birgitte and I went Fabric shopping later that afternoon. I had taken my fabric binder down there and we looked at that first to decide what to look for. She helped me put together some different fabrics to make some outfits and then we were on a mission to find some great soft-white fabrics. We went to International Silk and Woolens. I had never been to this store before, but they have a fabulous selection of fabrics. We picked up some beautiful Swiss cottons and some absolutely gorgeous buttons as well (pictures later). If you have never checked out Birgitte's blog, you really should. She is a fabulous seamstress and a wealth of knowledge.


Saturday night we saw the show, and it was fabulous. We really enjoyed it. If you are in the LA area, you really should check it out - but hurry, I think it's only on for one more weekend. It's at the Coast Theater.

On Sunday, I went over to Birgitta's house and we did a couple of things. She does a lot of her own drafting and is getting more and more into couture. I was blessed enough to have her drape a block for me. If you remember, one of my new years goals is to get a great white shirt. Now, with this block, I should be able to do that! so... THANK YOU BIRGITTE!!!

The other thing we worked on was that she showed me the method that Kathleen Fasinella suggests for lining. What's different about this method is that the hem and the facing meet in a seam and the lining is completely enclosed in the corner, rather than hanging over the hem as is suggested in most methods you read about. I am anxious to do this, but need to do a little practice on some scraps first.

Well, I'm off to pre-wash my new fabric. More pictures next post..

11 comments:

Vicki said...

How exciting for you! Is it so much fun meeting up with other bloggers. And lucky you getting a block draped.

Christina said...

Oh fun! Is that shop in the fabric district or no? I still dream about that neighborhood...

Sigrid said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend. How good you could meet, buy fabrics together and see the show!

Lori said...

What a fun weekend, sounds like such a wonderful time.

cidell said...

Oh, man. Lucky. I love that garment district! Sounds like you two had an awesome weekend.

Lindsay T said...

It's so nice to see Birgitte has a head since she is always cropping it off on her blog! What a fun day for you two.

Birgitte said...

That was so much fun, Nancy! We really have to do it again soon, but you'll have to spend at least a week so we can get some actual sewing done, not just chatting :))

goodworks1 said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Shopping, draping, chatting...all about sewing and textiles!!

Melissa said...

Um, one word...jealous! Birgitte is sooooo fun to hang out with (not to mention her wonderful hubby and daughter too). Sounds like a great time!

Liana said...

Ooh, I'm jealous too! Sounds like you two had the most fun. How nice!

Nancy K said...

What fun! I had heard about that store when we were in LA but didn't get there. Too bad we hadn't, you bought some gorgeous things. I spent today shopping with a fellow PR member fabric shopping in NYC. We had a great time too. No show though.