In search of a local sewer. You know, someone that makes clothes.
To make a simple slip dress or could that be mechanic shorts
It is all about the process. That is my latest mantra. PROCESS PROCESS PROCESS
I have this beautiful fabric from India. Cotton, made ethically, supporting and empowering women while challenging fast fashion.
I designed my own fabric and now I want to make some summer clothes.
Whats happened to all the local #patternmakers, #sewers & #makers?
So I met women running their own shop and working at the Trading post in Bixby Knolls Long beach. A great space – group owned market place for whole natural foods and other goods and provisions
Their response – the tailoring / sewing profession is non existent in the USA – it is all made overseas. People don’t want to make clothes it is a lost market.
So I went in search of a local sewer –
1st stop – North Long Beach. That is where I met Betty from Italy who ran Benny.s alterations – Nope – she only does aterations – great sign though.
She sent me to Mona’s –
Mark ran Mona’s.
They were tailors but could not get me in till October.
Mark sent me to Liz’s who simply said no.
So while I was getting a window repaired I was talking to an amazing women selling doors and it turns out she randomly made clothes for free.
Yup she might see some young poor kid on the street and offer to make her a dress for free. HUMANITY – she gets up every morning around 5am to sew. She loves to start her day that way. Nope she knew no one who would make the dress. Perhaps she could ask here neighbor who makes quinceanera dresses!
So next was the local alteration shop, just around the corner. The shop was manned by a petite, abrasive, yet delightful Asian woman who took her time to serve me. (well I didn’t get a chance to chat cause she was fixing a mans blue jacket)
But she did send me on another journey ?
“I don’t make dresses. Not here …. but ….. try Little Saigon.
What an idiot I am – they have many many dress makers – Vietnamese / Cambodians, Laotians ….. there is an industry – women and men still sewing dresses.
So one Vietnamese strong coffee later and a walk around the plazas, a few pounds of lychees later I found a fabric cloth that makes dresses.
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That’s Ari with our organic, chemical free swaddling cloth