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Me Made May: Borneo

As per my pledge, I packed as many me made clothes as I could for my Borneo trip, which was just two. The star of the trip turned out to be my Aqua Goodwill refashion. I’ve been a bit surprised by how much I wear that shirt in general since I wasn’t quite sure how much I liked the shirt as I was making it. It’s just so comfy, easy to wear and washable!

As NOT per my pledge, I did a terrible job of documenting the me made outfits I wore in Borneo. Either I missed outfits entirely or I only have partial pictures. Whoops! Guess I was too busy gawkin’ to pose for pictures!

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I wore the first outfit to “chill” in the jungle, feed a fake rhino and watch the sunset with my hubs. This shirt is a warm weather WINNER! Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Me Made Borneo Outfit 2

Can you even see me in my me made camouflage Scoop Neck Tee?? I just blended right in with the jungle animal spotting in this one. Speaking of which, that’s an orangutan on the platform behind me.

And that’s it for the me made outfits! So, here’s some pictures of what I was gawkin’ at so you’ll understand why I wasn’t thinking about MMM’14…..

Baby orangutan Borneo

Baby orangutan at one of the rehabilitation centers. (We saw some wild ones too but they’re way harder to get pictures of)

Lankayan Island

Lankayan Island

Borneo macaque

I don’t know why but this little guy cracked me up – just sittin’ there, stuffin’ his face with food…..

Proboscis Monkey Borneo

The proboscis monkey, aka Nature’s Cruelest Joke. Phallic nose, beer belly, constant visible arousal and persistent flatulence

Pygmy Elephant

Pygmy Elephant!!!! I think we were really lucky to see this!

Kinabatangan Sunset

Sunset over the Kinabatangan River

Danum Valley

Danum Valley

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Portlandia!

Sorry I’ve been MIA this week, just taking a bit to get my feet back under me after Thanksgiving.

I have the good fortune of having in-laws in the Pacific Northwest, so we headed up to Portland for a few days to stay with my brother-in-law and his wife before heading up to Seattle for a big Thanksgiving feast. I’d been to Portland once before and had crossed a few must-see items off my tourist list, so this time I was excited to explore what this DIY haven had to offer in terms of fabric stores. Portland’s got a few big ones like JoAnn’s and the Mill End store, but I decided to explore a few more specialized gems.

First stop was The Knittn Kitten in the Montavilla neighborhood (just around the corner from where I was staying!). I wasn’t sure what to expect from this little shop, but I made a few great finds. The Knittn Kitten specializes in thrifted and vintage fabrics.

Knittn Kitten Fabric StoreThe shop had nicely laid out tables of quilting fabrics and vintage fabrics hanging on racks with yardage clearly labeled (and if you only want a bit, they’ll make cuts for you too!) at $3/yd for most fabrics. Seems like there are always boxes of fabric coming in and the Yelp reviews say the owner will dig things out of the back if you’ve got something in particular in mind. The store also had stacks of notions and yarns!

Knittn Kitten Fabric Store

Buttons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wish I’d had more time to sift through them but I’d already been there for an hour!

Knittn Kitten Fabric StoreThe store also had a little backroom with vintage linens and hand sewn items.

Knittn Kitten Portland OregonKnittn Kitten PortlandBut the real attraction for a lot of sewists I think, is The Knittn Kitten’s huge selection of vintage patterns (many uncut!)! I wish I’d had more time to sort through them all!

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Knittn Kitten

Uncut 1966 jumper dress pattern, buttons and quilting cotton

I haven’t tried to alter patterns before, so I’m excited to try my hand at increasing this pattern size. Perhaps I’ll finally sew a muslin!

Painted wooden button

Close-up of one of the painted wooden buttons

Christmas plaids

I might have gotten carried away with the plaids, but ’tis the season!

Thank you, Knittn Kitten!

Next stop: RCT (Rose City Textiles) in Portland’s Northwest neighborhood. This place is an absolute 100% MUST visit for any outdoorsy people with an interest in sewing. I’ve never seen somewhere with such an amazing assortment of technical fabrics at fabulous prices.

Rose City Textiles

Rose City Textiles

Sunbrela fabric selection.

RCT Fabrics

Sporty flat folds at $5/yd

And I must say, this is the only fabric store I’ve ever been to that my husband LOVED. He went crazy for their selection of notions, from waterproof zips to shock cords (like stretchy shoe laces).

Shock cord by the yard

Can’t say as I’ve done much shock cord shopping in my life, but my husband has and he said these prices were lower than anything you’d ever find at an outdoors store like REI. He bought a ton of cords for $1.50-$3.00/yd and even found some really hard-to-find reflective shock cord. We also stocked up on reflective strips and piping just to keep around the house for sewing onto bags and jackets, etc.

Rose City Textiles

Fabric shopping in my me-made scoop neck tee!

They had a huge selection of fabrics out front to sort through but also an amazing warehouse that you can see stretching out behind me. This place was like, twice the size of Discount Fabrics in San Francisco but entirely devoted to outdoor and technical fabrics! From swim wear to sports jerseys to lycra and microfleece, we were drooling over their selection.

And I gotta say, this was an absolute FIRST. My husband left the RCT Fabrics with a bigger haul than I did!!!! It’s even inspired him to learn to sew!!!

RCT Fabrics in Portland

Thank you, RCT Fabrics!!

Thank You, Mood!!

A good friend of mine got married down in Huntington Beach, CA last weekend and since I’ve never been down to the LA area I decided to make it into a nice “mini-break”, as Bridget Jones would say. My husband and I spent Fri thru Sun at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach and it was Ah. Maze. Balls. (Hey Hilton, feel free to send a gift certificate our way, we’d stay again! LOL!). I don’t know if I’ve ever had a vacation where I just sit by a pool relaxing in the sun with some drinks and some snacks for a couple days. Now I understand why people go down to all-inclusive resorts in Mexico!

Hilton Huntington Beach

The view of the pool and bar at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort from our balcony, our first night in Huntington Beach, CA.

Huntington Beach Hilton

Margaritas and chips by the pool. All day. Yesssss.

Me Made LA

Sporting a me-made dress in Huntington Beach!!!

My husband had to head back to San Francisco for work Sunday night, but I stayed on with two girlfriends for a couple more nights and headed up to LA. We tried to get a little culture and wandered the grounds of the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA) checking out the exhibits.

LACMA Free Exhibits

We wanted to check out the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) but it’s closed on Mondays!!! Whaaaaa! Mega bummer. It may have been for the best though. We peaked through the window of the gift shop and there was tons of amazing stuff in there so I probably wouldn’t have been able to resist spending some moolas.

CAFAMAnd of course, seeing as it was my first time in LA I just had to go to Hollywood!!!

Hollywood

But the highlight of the trip for me, and the most relevant to this blog, was our trip to Mood Designer Fabrics!!!! So exciting! It was a huge warehouse style building just crammed full of gorgeous fabrics. I really wish that I had made a plan before I went in there as I actually felt a bit lost! The most impressive part about Mood LA to me, was that they offer a ton of free workshops and free work space! Whaaaat? That’s awesome!!!

Mood LA

Don’t let it’s ugly exterior fool you, that’s just what LA looks like.

Mood Designer Fabrics

Fabric heaven!!!

After reading about Vicki of Another Sewing Scientist‘s stash of textiles she purchased while traveling in Southeast Asia, I thought that buying fabric as a souvenir sounded like a fabulous idea!! So here’s my purchase from Mood on my LA trip – 3.5 m of a super silky feeling lightweight cotton jersey that I think is just dying to be made into a maxi dress!

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I had a fabulous time in LA! So….Thank you, Moooood!!!

Mood LA