Today I turned a year older. I'm now 52, which really isn't that big of a deal to me. I can't have cake, which, to me, is the best part about having a birthday. I hope someone out there had a slab of something thick and chocolatey and thought of me.
During our vacation-planning phase, my husband had asked me what I wanted to do while we were there. My response (in order of priority)
- See our daughter
- See my sisters
- Go to my home church on Sunday (this was its 50th anniversary)
- Spend time on the beach-especially right before sunset
- Go to Mood and The Fabric Store Los Angeles
We managed to do all of the above, for which I felt both content and grateful.
So, about #5:
|I was there.|
We visited Mood first and, when I initially walked in the door, it felt overwhelming. I quickly discovered, though, that one half of the store is dedicated to home dec fabrics and, since I wasn't looking for any, this eliminated that feeling of not knowing where to look first. A store employee directed me to the boucles and, after that, we just browsed the other aisles until it was time for the parking meter to expire. I decided that I will want a solid black boucle for my first French jacket. It's my best color, the backbone of my wardrobe, and there will be no plaids to match. For the lining, I'm leaning towards either a deep turquoise/teal or rich berry red. The silks were gorgeous; the jewel tones especially simply glowed. I didn't get a picture in the silk aisle, but my husband did snap one with his iPhone while I was examining the novelty wools:
We also looked at the cashmere (I confess there was some fondling) and I quickly eyed the heavily embroidered laces as we walked past. I have no idea what I would use it for (and doubt that I ever will), but a heavy metallic silver one definitely caught my eye.
Then we drove a few blocks to The Fabric Store Los Angeles. This is the first US location of a New Zealand company and, though they carry a lot of beautiful textiles, I was there with one purpose in mind: buy merino! And so I did.
The topmost piece is a medium weight 100% merino jersey with a nice drape. The color is a very rich, deep magenta though it looks more like a hot pink here. (I still need to learn how to use my DSL camera). I plan on using it for a top, though I'm not sure exactly what kind of top yet. Maybe a long sleeved ballet wrap.
The next 2 pieces are solid black. The first is a heavy merino ponte with some lycra in it. I've never used ponte and felt like this was the time to find out what the all the fuss is about. I'm planning to use it for leggings or a skinny pant with some interesting seaming details. The second black piece is a medium weight 100% merino jersey. It's got a nice drape and will be used to make a dress-unless I use the ponte for a dress instead of a pant, in which case I'm going to have a lot of nice black merino tops (I bought 4 yards of it),
The final piece is a gorgeous heavy charcoal gray and I have no idea what type of fabric it is. It was shelved with the jerseys, but that doesn't mean it is one. I can't see a distinctive knit pattern in it, nor a weave. Maybe it's boiled? It is 100% merino and has some stretch, which makes me think it's a knit. I'll use it for a jacket or a cozy dress or tunic to be worn with leggings or tights.
After The Fabric Store, we went across the street to The Sycamore Kitchen so my husband could pick up some treats for one (or two) final indulgences before our trip ended. He highly recommends the flourless lemon custard almond cake.
I also ordered some more fabric from Alabama Chanin last week. There was a discount code available on Halloween and, since I buy from the site quite regularly, I never pass up one of their sales. I picked up a couple yards each of the black and dark gray organic cotton jersey. I'm still working on fitting the AC top and dress patterns and am almost the point where I can start making them. I hope to have quite a few tops made by next spring so that I have something to wear with my hand sewn AC skirts. I'm also going to work on some boleros and shrugs to layer over them. I'm always happy to see that stenciled box on my porch with a neatly tied bundle of yardage inside.