Monday, November 24, 2014

Sew L.A.'s 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar!

Please join us on Friday, Dec. 5th from 3 - 9pm for our Second Annual Holiday Bazaar! It's an evening filled with crafty fun, fantastic local vendors and cookies & cider for all. I have also been testing German spiced wine recipes (tough job) to serve a little later in the evening - mighty tasty!

We'll have sewing stations set up for some free crafts: make a card with fabric scraps or learn to sew a mini flying geese garland like the ones in our window. There will also be make & take kits and demos for mini-loom coasters and embroidered leather bracelets! 

Here's a preview of some of the local vendors that will be participating - all items are handmade right here in Los Angeles by the people who are selling them to you!

Charlie from Minor Thread will have handmade sachets, teas and mulling spices!

Mary will be selling her hand sewn clothes for boys and girls!

Wendy from Green Girl Art will have a selection of plushies and wall art!

Iris will have some lovely handmade jewelry for sale!

Elinor from Krank Press will be selling her gorgeous notecards, journals and calendars!

Ms. Molly will have aprons for adults & kids and table linens made from beautiful batiks and mudcloth!

Rebecca will have luxurious silk rayon infinity scarves and small leather items!

Tonie will have a selection of bags and wallets along with this gorgeous child's coat!

Our make & takes are scheduled on the hour as follows:
3pm: Shaerie sets you up on a mini loom to weave coasters - $2 for the yarn kit
4pm: Robert Mahar will show you how to wrap candy cane ornaments - free!
5pm: Haley demos embroidering on leather bracelets - $10 for the kit
6pm: Mr. Mahar helps you create beautiful pom pom ornaments - free!
7pm: Shaerie is back with the mini looms - $2 for yarn
8pm: Mr. Mahar returns with the lovely pom poms! - free
All demos are on a first come, first served basis. We'll have extra kits & supplies too, if you want to keep practicing what you learn!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Shop Hours for November and December

The holiday season is now upon us! Sew L.A. will be closed on TUESDAYS in November and December 2014 - if you are scheduled for a class on Tuesday it will still be happening and you'll be able to get your supplies. All other days of the week we'll be open our normal business hours (11am - 6pm) with the following exceptions:

closed November 27th
hours on Nov. 28th: 9am - 6pm - Black Friday SALE
hours on Dec. 5th: 11am - 3pm - Sew L.A. Holiday Bazaar from 3pm - 9pm
closed Dec. 24th - 26th
closed Dec. 31st and Jan. 1st

'Tis also the season for last minute gifts! If you find yourself in a bind, check out our calendar for upcoming crafty classes:

Quilted Patchwork Throw - Thurs 11/6
Hand Embroidery - Sun 11/9
Macrame Wall Hanging - Sat 11/15
Handy Oven Mitt - Sat 11/23
Box Zip Bags - Thurs 12/4
Quilted Patchwork Throw - Mon 12/8
Handy Oven Mitt - Thurs 12/11 

On Friday December 5th, we'll be having our second annual Holiday Bazaar right here at Sew L.A.! It's a mellow evening to hang out with local craftspeople, drink some warm cider & eat cookies, participate in some holiday crafts and be generally festive. 

We are currently taking submissions from local crafters who would like table space - here are the details!

- goods for sale must be handmade by the vendor who lives in the Los Angeles area
- tables are $30 each (approx 22" x 45") with no extra charge for garment racks. In lieu of the fee, you can choose to donate an item for auction!
- email a few pictures of your work and a brief bio of yourself to and we'll take it from there.
- deadline for submissions is Nov. 13 at 6pm.

Everyone else - mark your calendars! It's going to be a fun & crafty evening! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Introducing Amy!

Hello Sew LA blog readers!

New blogger in the house, so let me take a minute to introduce myself.

I’m Amy, and I’ve been working in the shop since August. I first asked my mom to teach me to sew when I was about five. I made a yellow swiss dot purse that matched the roman shades in my room (mom-made). My stitches were about an inch long and it didn’t stay together very well. Flash forward a decade and I had fully adopted mom’s sewing machine and was the only kid in my high school sewing my own clothes. The rest of the story is not quite so straight of a line but sewing was always that thing I went back to! 

Along the way I have been able to work as a professional costumer, primarily in theater but also for dance and film. I am mostly self-taught with a few years of fashion school, some independent study with some awesome industry professionals and a lot of diving in over my head. I am also a knitter and sometimes cook. I have a profound love of fashion history and theory, all shades of gray, tea, and my aloe plant, Henry. 

Enough blabbering! Let’s get on to things actually related to sewing! We’ve had some recent fabric additions and a few new patterns to our shelves that are really fantastic. Here are some of my favorite flavor pairings for the upcoming fall season:  

1. Sewaholic's Hollyburn Skirt (class starts Oct 15th) in Robert Kaufman Dubliner Canvas in Navy, Robert Kaufman Hampton Twill in Peacock and just for fun, Timeless Treasures Unicorns and Rainbows. 
2. Sewaholic's Belcarra Blouse (class starts Nov 5th) and 

3. Deer & Doe Aubepine Dress (class starts Oct 21st) in Robert Kaufman London Calling 4 Multi Floral - just can't get enough of this print!

4. Colette Patterns Myrtle Dress (class starts Oct 12th) in Robert Kaufman Laguna Jersey cheetah print or Leah Duncan’s NY Circuit knit.

5. Decades of Style ESP Dress in Robert Kaufman Surf and Sands Tropical in Red. (Would also be super-classy in the Hampton Twill!)

Anyone else getting a 60’s vibe??  I think I need to buy a beret. Stay tuned as I’ve got some fun projects, interviews and new pattern reviews in the pipeline. 



Wednesday, September 3, 2014


This September, Sew L.A. is turning 8! We are so excited to have a big party for our birthday - just like any other eight year old - please join us on Saturday September 20 from 6:30 - 9:30 in the evening for the festivities. Of course we’ll have fantastic food, drinks, treats, goodie bags and a serious dance mix going on, but that’s not all - there will be a raffle that everyone can join to win Sew L.A. swag, patterns & fabric! We’ll be debuting some new things at the party, and this is your chance to get in on the action.

We’d also like to announce a contest that will take place during the party for the BEST HANDMADE OUTFIT. The winner will receive a free sewing class of their choice here at Sew L.A.! Here are the rules:

To enter, your outfit must be 
  1. Made from fabric you bought at Sew L.A. OR
  2. Made in a class or private lesson you took at Sew L.A. OR
  3. Another version of something you made in a Sew L.A. class
When you arrive at the party in your fabulous outfit, just sign up on the contest clipboard. At 8:30pm, we’ll ask contestants to stand up and tell us a little about their outfits, and after a bit of deliberation our judges (a select panel of local crafty folks) will announce the winner! The second place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate and the third place winner will receive a $25 gift certificate. But of course, everyone wins because everyone will have awesome outfits.

See you at the party! Oh... and I almost forgot to mention the unicorns.