Readers, do you believe in synchronicity? I generally avoid all that woo-woo stuff, but how else can I explain the glamorous gee-gaws I grabbed at the flea market this morning?
No sooner had I expressed my intention of making a Halloween harem girl outfit --now leaning more toward Scheherazade (an upgrade), with Michael as a Persian prince -- than the flea market opened its arms to me...for a price, of course.
All these baubles, a buck apiece:
Can't you see this bangle decorating the front of a turban?
How about this golden woven collar?
I also stumbled upon a good-sized piece of rich brocade. I'm thinking vest or bolero. Can't you see it matched with pink or nude chiffon -- or both?
Finally, I found beads, beads, and more beads. This over-the-top trim is from a fabric store in Elizabeth, NJ that closed its doors; the vendor bought out its entire stock. Each piece I purchased is five yards long -- a lot of beady bling for the buck!
Finally, I picked up this Vogue Couturier Design pattern -- Frederico Forquet -- in a 32" bust for just $2. Not really my style, nor Halloween related, but wouldn't it make a fabulous giveaway? Stay tuned!
Readers, that's all for now. I hope you've begun thinking about your Halloween costumes -- the MPB Halloween Sew-Along doesn't start till October 10th, but the early bird catches the beads!
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!