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L' Etoffe Fabrics: San Diego, California

Sustainable Fashion Fabrics and Trims for Fine Garment Sewing

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About L’Etoffe Fabrics

L’Etoffe Fabrics happened serendipitously when I moved to Eugene, Oregon after completing graduate school at UCLA. It began as a project out of my home studio into a brick and mortar fabric shop in Downtown Springfield in 2014. Over the first five years the shop became a destination for a unique selection of designer and organic fabrics and trims dedicated to the art of fine garment sewing. Growing to include classes and workshops the space became a community where sewers gathered to exchange stories about life and sewing. Simultaneously, the business also opened a parallel online shop which continues to steadily grow and serve an international clientele.

Brick and Mortar Is Now Online!

In May 2019 I decided to shutter the storefront in Oregon to move my family back to Southern California where I am from originally. L’Etoffe Fabrics is currently a dedicated online boutique located in San Diego. Please stay tuned for local classes and workshops as well as studio visits. I also look forward to continuing to grow the sister business - Center for Pattern Design, a pattern company inspired by the work of Madeleine Vionnet which also publishes sewing and pattern cutting books. Both companies participate in the annual Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup Washington.

Providing top notch customer service is very important to me. You can always contact me to discuss your projects or inquire about a particular trim, ribbon, color, fabric, whatever. I am always here to help!

Owner, Ina Celaya

Customers always ask me about my background and why I opened a fabric shop.... Actually my early career began as a young fashion designer in Los Angeles at the turn of the millennium. Sewing since I was I five years old - I later studied apparel construction at Los Angeles Trade Tech and the Fashion Institute of Technology (NYC) in the 1990’s. Back then my instructors reminisced about working with Marlene Dietrich and Natalie Wood, and clothing was still manufactured in New York City.

As a student, I interned with some designers including at Richard Tyler and I worked at the Musuem at FIT while they inventoried the collections during the transfer from analog to digital records. Later I worked independently producing my own collections. I received many accolades for my work and some press, both editorial and profiles in many national and international periodicals including: Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), Surface (SF), L’Officiel (Paris), Flaunt (LA), Hanatsubaki Lyz Goldwyn Eye (Japan), Frieze (UK), V (NYC), Los Angeles Times Magazine.

After burnout (and not interested in producing clothing in factories) I went back to school and finished degrees in religion and visual culture and latin american studies at UCSC. I studied abroad in Chile for a year and became a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Morocco where I worked as a small business development volunteer with weavers in the Middle Atlas and Saharan regions and then went on to grad school. There is more but I will stop there.

I use my background in design and textiles to edit the over whelming deluge of surplus designer fabric and to pull together a complementary collection of ribbons, trims, and buttons for the home dressmaker. Inventory is always changing. Sometimes I teach classes on garment sewing.

FABRIC

Fashion forward fabrics are the core of L'Etoffe. Each piece is selected by hand to reflect a strong commitment to quality, design, and sustainability. Fabric stock is primarily comprised of designer surplus, and organic/ecofriendly fibers.

Other fiber included: silk, wool, rayon, cotton, linen, fine synthetics, including interfacings - fusibile and sew in.


PATTERNS

Yes, the world of sewing patterns has changed. Vogue and Butterick are no longer the standard. Independant pattern companies dominate the sewing market today and best part - almost all are woman owned businesses!

Currently I focus on DP Studio patterns out of Paris and Center for Pattern Design.


TRIMS TRIMS TRIMS

Trims give your work that extra special something, a wonderful tool for upcycling vintage finds, essential for children's wear, and a way to explore creativity even with novice sewing skills.

L'Etoffe carries a variety of fine trims ranging from laces, eyelet, Chanel inspired jacket trim, petersham grosgrain ribbon, and lingerie supplies. Stock is sourced from France, Italy and Japan. Brands include Lineapiu Italy and Mokuba (my favorite).

I can special order ribbons as well.