3.01.2012

pornographic bloggariffic

okay.  the sewing blog community is friggin awesome.

clio of clio and phineas was in town and we decided to see the exotic animals at mood LA.  having had my fill of its new york counterpart, i expected to buy nothing.  and left with a sackful of goodies.  y'all, mood LA is wonderful. in the soap opera of fabric stores, NY would be the evil twin,  mistreating the ladies and drinking too much.  (wait, scratch that last bit.  i lika the drink).  smackdown: mood LA.


you're about to see some fabric porn.

my first buy: anna sui, sold by the panel at 25 a pop.  WHAT.  a panel was about a yard and a half, the extra 18 inches softening the price tag.  this is definitely the most i've ever spent on fabric, but after all clio did approve. and clio has taste, y'all.


she also likes orange.  we share the same passionate dislike of "tangerine tango", clio leaning more towards "safety cone orange".  i feared for my safety a little bit when she confessed that my orange turtleneck was killing her.  but guess what.  mood LA has three remnants boxes.  we plopped ourselves down on the floor and gabbed and pawed to our hearts' content.  the orange stripes appeared quickly, and i secured my safety by negotiating a splitsies.  look for its appearance on two blogs shortly...


THIS STUFF IS MADE OF MAGIC.  and the magical remants boxes made the anna sui a steal.

but the mood haul was not enough.  it is never enough.  so an absolutely lovely princess (with chutzpah!) who recognized me while thrifting took the pair of us to michael levine's.  we were both stunned at the size of this place.  in fact, they need two stores to cover the amount of stuff they have.  we headed to the loft section, where you can buy fabric for $2.50 a pound.

i'm sorry, i just blurted that out like the way ruggy told me the steelers let hines ward go.  you gotta prepare a girl for that sort of thing.

we dug through boxes, throwing yards at one another, yammering about sewing and inspiration and blogs and classes and really the only thing we were missing was a bottle of jack.  sewing mates to the left of me, sewing mates to the right, i saw bloggers in every box.

 

this is amy's watercolor dress.  hopefully i'll do it right so i can finally let go of that blinding jealousy.


i may be provoked into julia's mad men challenge.  ms chutzpah and i halved this (what are you gonna make, by they way, chutzpah and mad men ladies both?).


but it must be a veronica darling tablecloth couture, complete with coquette pose.


oona circa 2008, possibly a mistake.  i was drunk on poundage.  border print, fairly heavy cotton, i said for a maxi.


can you say kazz?  i spied this behind the register and grabbed it.  the ladies looked at me like i either had magical powers or a serious addiction (i already had 8 pounds of fabric in my arms).


clio had this in her mitts.  her taste level infected me and i stole it, it's the only explanation that makes sense.


bits and pieces for yokes, contrast, piecing...  at this point i was schizophrenic.  mo.  ko.  SHA.  

total levine haul: 16 bucks.


oh wait, i didn't buy this.  I GOTS IT FA FREE.  i came home to a package from the fantastic lady katza of peanut butter macrame!  because i simply didn't have enough fabric yet!!!  because sewing bloggers are AWESOME!!! this chiffon is loverly.  can you spy the giraffe?


but of course, she included vintage zippers and a buttery soft camel tone and a green asian print and that drapey flowered goodness.  oh yeah, and three miles of elastic.  and a vintage pattern.  and a vintage dress.  can you spell generous?  k-a-t-z-a.  (brat is spelled o-o-n-a in this kalkatroonan dictionary.)

really i was so overloaded when i arrived home, all i could do was smile and gush about new friends and lovingly fold my haul.  (until ruggy told me the bit about hines, that was a downer.)  i've got a striped cotton dress from joann's on the table and i can hardly wait to finish it.  that fabric feels like ass now.  but finish i must, in order to balance the scales and have good juju for the impending cutting.  it's gonna be bananas.  

70 comments:

  1. Oh, fabulousness! I'm going to be in the LA area in August and was planning on stopping by the garment district. Guess I need to start saving! (And plan on bringing an extra suitcase for the way home!)

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    1. oh, that's a kalkatroonaan birthday month. if i'm here you find me THERE.

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  2. oh yeah, you hit all my favourite spots :-)

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    1. we gotta do round two when my wallet recovers!

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  3. Chutzpah here, yes it was an incredible day. btw, a lot more fabric places to explore. Glad to hear you like Mood LA better, I have found great stuff there, like the fabric for my bombshell.

    Looking forward to more fiber partying.

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    1. me too! i had a hot dog on the way out as well, incredible...

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    1. is that a threat or a promise? (i'll take either.)

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  5. I have been in LA for soooo long and I have o admit never made it to The Mood LA. But it seems I will have to. I did go to the Levine store, and yes it is heaven. The only thing is that you have to have a lot of time, because you gotta dig. Last time I was there I had just a few minutes and that's not enough! After I saw your loot... now I'm itching to go. But I have too much fabrics already and I just can't justify buying more. So I will not look at this post any more, I will not, I will not...

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  6. Fabulous porn but am in love with fabric post no 1. Worth every penny!!!

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  7. Ughhh I think I just drooled all over my desk. JESUS CHRIST that is a haul. The colors & the prints are incredible! JEALOUS JEALOUS JEALOUS.

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  8. Well you are certainly going to do your part to inject color into the LA fashion scene! FYI, the Los Angeles chapter of the American Sewing Guild has a guide (pdf) to eating and shopping in the fashion district here.

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  9. ooh.. and what a porn it is.. if you can hear me now, you would know that i sound like i'm in a porn myself, with all the 'oh my god.. yes.. yes.. YEEEAH.. aaaaah' sounds of approval

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  10. Oh.my.gawd. FABRIC BY THE POUND. Such a good thing I'm not in LA--they'd never let me back on the plane!!! hahahah! Love all your fabrics!!! And jealous you got to meet Clio!

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  11. holy fabric! You must have died and gone to heaven, I sure would have (or just stayed the night under a pile of fabric...)

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  12. WHY WHY WHY DID HINES NEED TO GO?!?! I'm so depressed. The sight of your lovely fabric made me feel a little better. Perhaps I shall go fabric shopping. Don't tell Rob - he wants me to use what I already have. That just seems so silly! Your fabric choices are oh so lovely - I'm excited to see what you make!

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  13. I feel so dirty. Better delete my viewing history before the suits find out. Um, NEVER.... feels so good being dirty.

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    1. you're quite the dirty bird lately...

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  14. Jealous!!!! I have been to the Michael Levines in SF, but not LA. I HAVE to go now!!

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  15. The giraffe fabric! I'm jumping up and down doing cartwheels!

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  16. I might have screamed HOLY JESUS! Wow, Oona. I hope y'all were driving or Ruggy came to rescue you. Loving your Katza package! Sewing peeps are the bestest!!

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  17. You know what, I have been to Michael Levines a couple of times, but never the loft. What is wrong with this picture? When I am back up there next month, I'll make sure to fix that. Yes, I might just have to break a suitcase so I can truly shop (which I am not supposed to do).
    I also never been to the mood in LA, just in NYC.

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  18. ...

    m'kay... so.... 'member when I said I hate you?


    This hasn't changed.

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  19. Okay, I think I need to come to LA too... beautiful fabrics...

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  20. I am very envious of all those colors and prints. What a fun day. I'm in Central Cali, so I really need to get to the garment district sometime.

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  21. Gorgeous fabrics. But I'm still sticking by NYC. The LA branch is teeny by comparison. And on my short trip there I couldn't find any other fabric stores to rival NYC. LA fabric district is a bit too lowbrow for me. Let me know if you find any that rivals Mood in quality.

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  22. GAH! You're killing me... slowly, but surely. I'm vacillating between love and hate right now! Cannot WAIT to see you in maxis with these lovely fabrics!

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  23. Wow, I'm just drooling over your AMAZING fabric haul.... wow, wish I could make a quick trip to LA now. Pity I live all the way across the ocean...
    Can't wait to see what you make with all of that gorgeousness...
    Ingrid

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  24. Wow! I'm jealous of the haul, but more jealous of the company... LA with Oona and Clio sounds just about like heaven right now (did I mention it was snowing this morning?)

    Sewing peeps are awesome, aren't they? Can't wait to see what you do with your haul! :)

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  25. My envy -- it has no bounds. If you wake up and find someone nestled in your fabric, be kind. Its probably me.

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    1. i recommend the tablecoth, it has a nice weight to it.

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  26. omigosh, I am. So. Jealous. (Considers emigrating)

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  27. YAAY! I'm so glad you got it and that you like it. :D And trust me, the pleasure was mine! *hugs*

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  28. OMG! I am so glad it would take me days and days to drive to LA. There is no way I could fly, I would buy too much fabric.

    I think I would give a kidney for the watercolor dress fabric. Need one?

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  29. jealous! gorgeous finds Oona, can't wait to see what you do with all that fabric!

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  30. Wow!!!!! that's some serious stash building...think I would be cast to the wolves by the betterhalf if I came home with the half of it, but I expect there will be some amazing posts of amazing creations coming soon and I for one can't wait to see them! Maybe I should suggest a holiday to LA one day and keep quiet about this treasure.....

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  31. Let's be honest; as soon as I saw the blog title with 'Pornographic' I knew I wanted to read this post.

    You are completely smashing LA.
    And by smashing, I mean drying up their supply of fabric. I'm half expecting people to be strutting (it is LA after all) down the street in heshen bags held up with brown ropes shaking their fists at the sky.
    I say shaking their fists at the sky, because when one looks up they see a particularly well dressed Ms. Oona sitting atop her ginormous fabric stash and chewing on a chicken bone.

    Well done lady!
    My immense jealousy at your stash is giving me heart burn.

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    1. i love your replies, in it i am always the supremely bratty heroine. you may join me atop my stash, i'll bring extra sauce. of both kinds.

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  32. I want to fly over from Australia and steal that giraffe fabric. It is that cool.

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  33. Oh my word, I am dying of jealousy. I go a bit dizzy looking at every single piece!

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  34. "Cotton dress from Joann's feels like ass." HAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, I needed those endorphins. Thanks.

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  35. Wow - you're going to be busy! I think I love every piece - can't wait to see what gems you (and Clio) turn these into!

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  36. Next time I'm bringing a larger suitcase! Back in NY now and "working from home", which is code for "rolling around on my fabric stash trying to decide what to sew first". Ha!

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    1. Oh and the Anna Sui was TOTALLY worth it. Best. fabric. in. the. store. (period). And I'm not a prints kind of gal.

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  37. I am all KINDS of jealous!! That is one super impressive fabric porn show you've got going there. If, in fabric terms, LA is wonderful and NY the evil twin, Adelaide is the sad orphan kid from a Dickens novel. It has two fabric chains and maybe 4 or so smaller independent stores - I've definitely never seen any designer fabric. Quick trip to LA for fabric maybe?! I must experience fabric by the pound (even if my metric sensibilities mean I'm not 100% sure what a pound is - I want one. Or many). Sorry to hear about the loss of Hines, though I might need Big Daddy's help to understand the significance of this loss.

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    1. the answer to your quick trip question is YES.

      hines ward's loss signifies the end of happy fluffy bunnies everywhere.

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  38. That green Asian print! I'd be accordingly green with envy if I were not laughing over "brat spelled o-o-n-a". It reminds me, though, that there's a crazy vintage print waiting to go into your package. I forgot about that one.

    Also, Amanda, don't complain over Adelaide - what should I say about my little Czech town? One fabric shop that carries home dec and sometimes a little denim? No cotton sewing thread? Baaah!
    But they have cheap cotton embroidery threads, hehe. And I can't really complain, because I got heaps of fabric for free from my mom's friends...

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    1. oh eek, our packages. let's make a pact to send them by 2013. i think that's semi doable... maybe...

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    2. Pact sealed. I kinda enjoy this, you know. Adding things to the list. It will grow to epic proportions. (Not dimensonally, rather numerically.)

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  39. OMG! I so need to get up to Mood and Levine now that I'm back in So Cal.

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  40. One word.... droooooll!

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  41. OMG, You share such nice pix of all fabric. I like all design and colours of this fabric so much. Its look very beautiful and amazing.

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  42. What great fabrics! I love raiding the remnants pile at fabric stores!

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  43. You spied well, my god my chest has gone all tight, I almost electrocuted myself cleaning the drool from my keyboard, i'm all weak at the knees and may need to enter into therapy after seeing this, you did well. I seriously can't wait to see what you make.

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  44. Wow. Wow. They are all so watercolor-y and luscious. Wow. I'm in silk heaven. The giraffe fabric is so amazing. I just like gazing at all the colors.

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  45. Ohh you share such nice and wonderful fabric. Its looks too good all photos. I like black colour silk fabric so much. Its too good.

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  46. omg, that is totally NSFW.
    insane, truly.

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  47. So, so jelly. This makes me want to book a trip to LA immediately and just spend the night in Mood, Night at the Museum style but without the dinosaurs.

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  48. nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

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