Readers, I am truly enjoying juggling multiple projects at once; it keeps things interesting. I hope it's not confusing for you. I'm not sewing different projects on the same day, of course, though I certainly have enough sewing machines to do that. (Silk pajamas at Sewing Station 4...)
Having ordered the Style slip pattern (btw, does that pattern company still exist?) off Etsy yesterday for my SIL Prachee's dress (or dresses, as it now looks like there will be two -- a slip dress and a sheath), I now turn my attention to Cathy's latest maternity ensemble.
I'm making View B of McCall's 4638 (pictured up top), illustrated in black, but what mother-to-be wants to wear black? Slimming, yes, but a little depressing. So off to the Garment District I went to hunt for something more interesting. I needed a fabric that draped well but not too limp. (Crepe, cotton, and jersey are among the fabric suggestions.) Readers, nothing really spoke to me; the prints were either too contemporary or the fabric was too expensive. Cathy doesn't pay me to make her clothes, you realize, I do it out of familial duty.
You may recall that I have about four yards of oyster cotton sateen in my stash and every time I approach a new project I try to use it; I've had it for more than two years and I want to move the merchandise. Finally, at Chic Fabrics on 39th St., I settled on this:
It's a lustrous, relatively drapey, cotton/poly brocade and you can use either side -- white on pink background or pink on white background.
And it coordinates well with my oyster sateen. Another opera coat perhaps?
But when I brought it home I started having doubts. I do like the fabric, but I just did a pink and white outfit. And brocade is better suited to something that isn't gathered, so you can see the design better. I think it evokes one of those fancy schmancy Vogue Paris Original patterns from the late Sixties. Oy vey.
|The cast of Cinderella?|
Anyway, late Wednesday afternoon I swung by the Salvation Army, and look what I found for 99 cents: this huge (at least three yards) piece of black poly crepe!
Now I know black crepe isn't the most exciting fabric in the world but it will allow Cathy to display some of her prized pieces of bijouterie. And she can wear her faux white mink stole with it or her pink cotton sateen opera coat. Why do I sound like I'm dressing Barbies?
Apropos of nothing at all, I stumbled upon this bizarre pattern on Etsy the other day. Between my maternity pattern and this, it makes you wonder what they were smoking over at McCall's in 1958.
I also found this for sale. Did you know Burda has a retro line?
Readers, that's all for today. BTW, I'm washing Prachee's silk later today, so wish me luck. I've serged the raw edges as they were fraying like nobody's business.
Happy Friday, everybody!