Grace in LAX

Would you believe you can shop for fabric after a 14 hour flight? Grace is a fabulous fabric enabler. You know Grace’s blog – Badmomgoodmom.

Hugging silk tweed fabric at a great price.

We met recently through Me-Made May 2013. Thankfully Grace had the time to rescue me from my first failed attempt to meet but second successful attempt to get a T-Mobile sim and she took me to SAS Fabrics in Hawthorne, LAX. I wasn’t able to get my act into gear early enough to visit Trash4teaching (T4T) but from Grace’s experience, T4T is a good place to shop.

Laughing our heads off at hugging fabric.
SAS Fabrics is an amazingly huge place where it you can buy fabric by weight. There are notions. Rows and rows of all sorts of notions being sold a ridiculously low prices. And you wouldn’t pick this store from its street view. It is huge and if you have a bunch of projects you want to complete, this is the place for those bits and pieces you need. As Grace says, fabric shopping is a great way to overcome jet lag. She was right in my case.
We were both happy with our haul and we’re both wearing me-made outfits. Grace is great at using her stash. She’s wearing her fail to win outfit.

Now on Day 1 of my trip to the States it would have been very easy to pick up lots of great prints and notions to fill my suitcase just at SAS Fabrics, but I was restrained. My haul only weighed in at 5 pounds. So I was able to farewell LA with 1 suitcase that had plenty of room left. Thank you Grace for the blue FOE and ‘seams great’.

A couple of workout wear fabrics, silks in classic prints and some notions (not shown).
I missed the opportunity to meet KC Sheehan (another sewer who cycles) as I over estimated what I could do in a day with a very tired hubby.

You were right KC. Next visit I’ll add in a few days (hire a car) to get to the garment district and fabric shop with you and Grace.

I love mexican food now.
While Grace and I fabric shopped DH said he was going back to the hotel after Grace picked me up, but he decided to stayed a Culver City Westfields and shopped at Old Navy. His energy returned:) Grace’s theory about shopping to overcome jet lag was proven to work for both of us.

For dinner we met up for real Mexican food (see the cooks above) and our husbands joined us. We had a great night. We all cycle so sewing didn’t dominate the conversation.

The next day I bought a Mexican cooking basics magazine at LAX as we waited for our NY connection, to remember the great day I had with Grace.
Thank you Grace and Mark. I hope to catch up with you next visit KC.

Piece of cake – Kwik Sew 3693

While I was on holidays I did enjoyed a few local delights in the States – with glee. So now I’m back home, winter has arrived and I’m training in the mornings to get rid of those excess kilos of ‘delight’. 

This fleece jacket is Kwik Sew 3693. A good basic hoodie jacket that uses minimal pieces and very few notions. Just one long open-ended zipper in any style or configuration is all you need plus thread. Imagine using a swarovski zipper for a swanky jacket? Imagine…
I really got used to Hawaii’s weather. This cold is such a stark change from wearing shorts and swimmers everyday.
Would you believe these tights/leggings kept me cosy too? The combed fabric and long leg style did the trick. But I digress…

The fleece jacket is a navy colour. I have to play with the camera settings bit more to get the colour right. There’s no lining in this jacket so it was quick to make up.
By the way, the pockets are sewn on after you’ve finished the jacket so the pockets will always sit in the righ position for your hands.

This is ‘as good as it gets’ at 6am in the morning

I followed the instructions and Kwik Sew instructions are really clear and simple to follow. If your zipper is bigger that the pattern suggests, use it because it will bring the hood up closer to your face and keep you warmer in the cold. See the second picture from the top.

I can’t really blame these Hawaiian cookies pictured for my self-inflicted weight predicament. Nor can I blame the cinnabons I ate with Shannon, the great Mexican food I enjoyed with Grace, Chai lattes, cake donuts with icing,  hot dog at the Mets game, Crackerjacks, burgers, pizza or cakes from Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, NJ. Oh and not the Mac Attack (3 types of mac n cheese) I had for lunch with Kyle and those donuts!! But I had to try them all.
I can only blame moi.

Next up
I wasn’t able to post much, or reply to comments or sew while I was on holidays in the States but my next few posts will show the sewing aspect of this trip.
I’ve already mentioned the food 🙂

Thank you all for reading the interviews I did post while I was on holidays. I thought this might give you something different to read for a change.
Thanks Mari, Laura and Lena for preparing your responses. I have enjoyed working with you.