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Fabric Inspiration for Garment Designer, Los Angeles Style

Fabric Inspiration for Garment Designer, Los Angeles Style

It’s Garment Designer project time! Earlier this month, I accompanied my advanced design fashion students to Los Angles garment district so that they could source fabrics for their collections. We started downtown in the fabric district and ended up at Mood Fabrics by day’s end.

On the streets of LA
Notions Store
Ribbon embellished fabric
Lace yardage
and lace trims

I managed to refrain from purchase… but then, we went to Mood Fabrics.

So, here you see my weakness. Here are some upcoming Garment Designer Projects.

A Digital Print fabric… whoa… it makes me dizzy, but it is so fun!
A linen open weave… perfect for a felting base.
A die-cut polyester which I will use for a sublimation project.

It’s Spring Break now,,, so maybe I can get one of these items made. Wish me luck!


More on the 2017 Italy Fashion and Food Retreat

Need some incentive to come join us in Italy?

June 14th – 23rd, 2017
Verona, Italy, with visits to Milan and Venice.

Come join us this June in Verona for our Food and Fashion retreat.

How about yarn shopping for Italian yarns?

Or maybe some fantastic food, cooked just for you.

Then, there are the fashions … oh how we love Italian style. In museums…

and in the store windows.

We’ll visit a weaving establishment in Venice where they weave velvet on traditional hand looms using jacquard punch cards. Customers include Dolce and Gabana, the Kremlin, etc.

bobbins… for color inlay.

And, maybe a cooking class with a chef, in the kitchen of his restaurant.

More temptations to come.  Details can be found at

Garment Designer Software Workshop: In Process

Garment Designer Software Workshop: In Process

Garment Designer Software Workshop is in full swing! Here are some of the group, on Day 1… working.

Our audience had been asking for some hands-on creativity with sewing, so this
year, we are built a day of sewing into our Fall workshop retreat. The location
was in San Marcos, CA.

We used the store windows of Europe as our inspiration. Susan shared her
many inspirational images, and used them as our kickstart for designing garments with Garment Designer, and then sewing samples of the various techniques.

We focused on taking key measurements, analyzing garments in order to build patterns, and software basics.

Garment Designer pattern design software
Amy’s project (in front)
Garment Designer pattern drafting software
Anna, hard at work.
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