A Sewist’s Trip to L.A.

At this time last Saturday, I was driving South to LA with Erin and my twin sister Jessi. I made my first (and surely not last) visit to Mood Fabrics.


I was completely overwhelmed when I first walked into Mood. Isles and isles of fabric from floor to ceiling–I wasn’t sure where to begin. I had made a list of specific projects I needed fabric for, so I set about touring the store to see what was on each isle.

I spent most of my time on the shirting fabric isle, trying to pick something out for my husband’s next shirt, as well as a shirt dress for myself. I finally picked a dark blue fabric and a light green fabric.


While touring the isles of silk, I came across this black silk with a dog print woven in. Loving dogs as I do, I thought it was rather special and expensive, so I splurged on two yards.

I’d like to make a blouse with it by the end of the year, but I definitely want to hold out for a TNT blouse pattern, so I need to get sewing more blouses.


We had a lovely afternoon eating food, walking to the garment district and back, and finally kicking back with our feet up after dinner.

Sunday morning we perused Little Tokyo, and I finally found something cute to hold my paperclips at work: a little rice bowl with kitties on it.



We made it to Sew L.A. for Gertie’s party, Sunday afternoon. What a blast! I got my makeup done by Dorit who was providing retro makeup for the partygoers. There was delicious party punch and snacks, and many friendly fellow seamstresses, including Miss Christine Haynes herself. And of course, Gertie!


Gertie was so sweet–she graciously signed everyone’s books and posed for pictures, and even talked fabric with us.



I didn’t think to take pictures of the clothes, but many of the items from Gertie’s book were on display. The clothes were so gorgeous and inspiring to see in person.

I was pretty tired after all the driving, so I’ve been laying low all week. But, the weekend is here, and I have some sewing to do.

Talk soon.




  1. that shirt you’re wearing with gertie – did you get the fabric at crossroads in watsonville? i just bought that print there. i swear we always find the same good stuff there haha

  2. Looks like you girls had so much fun!!! Wish I could have been there with you! I adore that little dog fabric you found. I can’t wait to see what you make with it :)

  3. Hey Qui, I kept meaning to ask you for more details about your weekend – well now I have them! I love the top that you were wearing, and the dog print is really cute. Next time maybe silk with horses on it? Just sayin…

  4. Oh my I’m so jealous what an amazing trip! I’ve been to mood in NYC and I 100% agree on how overwhelming it is! You were smart to make a list, me not so much… Just wandered aimlessly in awe for hours. Glad you had such a good time, and your makeup looks absolutely beautiful!

  5. Great post and very timely as we are planning a Cali trip and I had started researching good places to check out for fabric, notions etc. I had also read mixed reviews about Mood in LA so it was good to hear you had a positive experience. Sounds like you had a great time! Love the dog print!

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