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May 24, 2010 6:05 AM   Subscribe

[LA Filter] Dressmaker and stretch silk fabric near Santa Monica, CA?

I have officially worn my favorite dress to everywhere I possibly can. At the risk of my colleagues thinking I only have one dress, I would like to get it remade in three different colors for the summer (day, business, and evening).

Any suggestions for a GOOD and not too pricey dressmaker near Santa Monica, or if further, that will come to me (I would pay extra for this, of course)?

On that note, where can I find stretch silk fabric (around 92% silk, 8% lycra) in this same area? Something with a whimsical pattern would be an added bonus! The fabric really makes the dress so flattering and the fact that it has a pattern is just icing on the cake!
posted by 2003girl to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
F&S Fabrics is the best fabric store in the area. It's on Pico in West LA. Don't know if they carry stretch silk, but they'd be a good place to start.
posted by BlahLaLa at 9:20 AM on May 24, 2010

MOOD is the answer for the fabric. Just looking at the website, you can see they have over 30 colors of silk jersey alone, plus raw silk, silk/cashmere, etc., but don't go in there expecting great service or low prices. They have the most silk, but it will be pricey and you will need to search through everything and read fabric content on the bolt ends for yourself. There are other stores in the garment district that will carry a smaller collection of lower quality silk, if your fabric budget is under $60-$100 (but for less than that price you might as well go with lycocell or another cheaper fabric instead of poor quality silk).

If you know what you want and don't see it, they might be able to order it from the NYC store for you. If you're picking out the fabric yourself, you should know what you're doing before you plunk down over $20/yard for the good stuff. I would find your dressmaker first, ask how much fabric they will need and what restrictions the design will put on your fabric choices, and then buy the fabric.
posted by slow graffiti at 9:34 AM on May 24, 2010

You could try International Silks and Woolens .
posted by rdr at 11:22 AM on May 24, 2010

I don't have any dressmaker ideas for LA, but often a good fabric store has dressmaker references.
posted by sarajane at 12:02 PM on May 24, 2010

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