Friends, it's pouring rain here this Monday morning, but luckily we're dry and toasty in our little glass gazebo that is MPB, if not quite sixteen going on seventeen (no wisecracks). Here's what's up:
1) While I didn't formally participate in the just-ended Pattern Review New York City weekend, I did crash their Friday fabric shopping. Not having made any plans with anyone in advance, I simply walked up to 39th Street in the early afternoon in hopes someone would recognize me -- and they did. (Truly a Lana Turner-esque moment.) First, I ran into Canadian reader and blogger Heather outside Chic Fabrics (adding to the serendipity of it all, Heather wasn't even participating in the Pattern Review weekend but was fabric shopping anyway). At Metro Textiles, I encountered reader Yardbird (not her real name) and PR founder Deepika Prakash herself. I followed Deepika to Elliot Berman (I'd never been there before), where I found Elizabeth in a fabric feeding frenzy and so many others I can't remember all their names. It was all very fun, but after about two hours, I was all estrogened out. I bought nothing, needless to say.
|LM & Tito|
Kidding aside, I'm a big fan of Laura Mae, but for some reason Cathy doesn't like her. I suspect my cousin sees Laura Mae as something of a rival in vintage Vogue, and I hope I'm not reinforcing a tired cliche about female competitiveness by saying so.
So you're likely wondering what Laura Mae sent me. Readers, the mystery package contained a huge collection of men's patterns! There's a fine line between gift-giving and disguised decluttering, but I'm going to give Laura Mae the benefit of the doubt.
Not to be outdone, I sent Laura Mae an even larger gift in return, and I'll let her tell you about its fabulous contents. (I can play the decluttering game too, Laura Mae!)
3) I picked up a beautiful book over the weekend, Haute Couture (there's an original title for you), published to accompany an exhibit of same at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's costume exhibit in the mid-Nineties.
The photographs -- and it's teeming with them -- are gorgeous. Can you ever tire of looking at these kind of books?
You can view more photos from Haute Couture here.
Friends, that's it for today. My SIL, Prachee, is coming over today, but alas, I don't have an updated muslin for her to try on -- other things have gotten in the way, I'm afraid, and please don't blame Pinterest. I hope to get back to that project later in the week.
I hope it's not pouring in your neck of the woods -- unless you need it to, of course.
Have a great day, everybody!
PS - anybody still decluttering?