Friends, has this ever happened to you? You finish a big project, you're a little spent, and you have no idea what's next. Not to mention it's Diwali, the Indian "Festival of Lights" -- always a distraction when your sister-in-law is from Mumbai.
|Mom and big brother Richard at Diwali party.|
I have a few project ideas which I'll share, but first, here are the metallic leather shoes I bought for my harem girl outfit:
They were very, very close to what I'd originally envisioned, and low enough that I could walk in them despite my sprained ankle (which is much better, btw). Speaking of shoes, Wednesday is "Family Day" at my local Salvation Army, which means most things are 50% off. Yesterday I picked up these like-new black peep-toe pumps for three dollars, which is about 1/5 what you'd pay at my local Goodwill.
In other news, at the flea market last weekend I found some really great CDs, including the original cast album of the forgotten 1951 Broadway flop, Flahooley, which starred not only Barbara Cook in her Broadway debut, but also YMA SUMAC! I love the score -- by Sammy Fain ("Secret Love") and Yip Harburg ("We're Off to See the Wizard") which is completely obscure.
I've been slowly working my way through a collection of five Esther Williams DVDs from the library. I think I've seen them all before, but they're fun, if a little repetitive. Esther's wardrobes, primarily by Helen Rose and Irene, are sensational though, and of course the Technicolor is gorgeous.
And now about my next projects. I could use a white long-sleeve shirt and I think I already have the fabric for that in my stash, so I may tackle that. I could use another pair of boxers too, so that's also a possibility. I have three yards of pink fleece for a housecoat for Michael's mother, which I'd like to have ready by Thanksgiving weekend.
I will admit that none of these sound particularly exciting to me at the moment, but hopefully I'll be able to work up the enthusiasm. A harem girl outfit is a tough act to follow.
I've noticed a number of sewing bloggers already talking about holiday sewing, the very idea of which gives me agita, as it does many of you, I'm sure. I mean, how many of the intended recipients will even appreciate a home-sewn gift? OK, maybe they will. Anyway, if it's fun and you have the time...
What's on deck for you, sewing-wise?
Any Yma Sumac fans out there?
PS -- If you'd like to see the original Cathy photo shoot from Fall 2009 that started it all -- with links to all her subsequent creations -- you can view it here.