Readers, I think of myself as relatively worldly, but when it comes to Australia, I know virtually nothing. Kangaroos. Koala bears. Mel Gibson. Whats-her-name from Grease.
So I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I was contacted recently by an Australian reader, telling me she was coming to NYC and would I be up for a little fabric shopping?
I do enjoy meeting up with readers from exotic places, time permitting, as I don't get to travel much, what with two chihuahuas and a heavy-with-child cousin; and I always love to go to fabric stores, if only to keep up with what's new in the remnant piles. I said yes.
What fun I had yesterday with my new Australian best friend (who comments here under the name Livebird). Sadly, I cannot reveal her real name nor her face -- something to do with great grandmothers, penal colonies, and candy smuggling. You'll just have to use your imagination, or plug in the face of some Australian you do know.
We met at the FIT museum, where we caught the Fashion, A-Z exhibit -- the only one open at the moment -- which I've seen before but never tire of. After coffee at Pret A Manger, we headed up to 39th Street, where we hit many of my favorite fabric stores, including mid-range Chic, low-end Nahir (where said Australian scored big), and divey "It's a Material World," where she scored again!
|The overwhelming and heavily incensed "It's A Material World"|
Friends, as much as I tried to steer this woman toward dainty florals, evidently she favors the bold (see green fabric above). I suppose it's an Australian trait.
This unusual cotton print incorporates vintage images of men's wing tip shoes!
I suggested this lovely cotton print (and may have to pick some up later this week, along with that polka dot), but she wasn't interested.
Here's her take (I take credit for the barkcloth):
Oh, I met her handsome significant other too!
Now, you know I love gifts and always encourage readers to send me things. Well just look what Livebird brought me all the way from Australia -- two gorgeous silks!
I call this one "Storm System Over Melbourne" -- a stunning abstract charmeuse.
More classic is this charming silk twill. I think it's time to hone my nonexistent silk-sewing skills!
In closing, don't we look cute together? (Trust me on this one.)
Oh, before I forget, Livebird writes the excellent Make it 'til you fake it blog, which focuses on the beautiful vintage-inspired clothes she sews. (Take what she says there about our outing with a grain of salt: while I did request she stay five paces behind me at all times, I do not consider myself royalty!)
Happy Thursday, everybody -- especially you Aussies (or is it Friday there already...)!
PS - Do Australians favor bold prints?