Honestly, is there anything more exciting than receiving a package in the mail containing an eBay purchase? Maybe a puppy.
Definitely in the top ten excitement-wise is scoring fabulous fabric. One of my favorite cold weather fabrics is cotton flannel. Remember this shirt I made last January? I love it and wear it constantly.
|Can you find the hidden chihuahua?|
I bought that flannel at AK Fabrics (257 West 39th St.), but what they have available now is in colors that don't suit me. I don't know why cotton flannel is so hard to find, do you? Paron's has a lovely selection of cotton shirting, but no cotton flannel, alas.
Yesterday, I went to Mood. It was the end of the day, the crowds had mostly gone, and I got a lot of service. Mood has the widest selection of cotton flannel I've seen anywhere -- gorgeous things. I chose this beautiful cadet blue tattersall that's as soft as cashmere. I'm going to make a shirt for Michael with it, and if there's anything left over, a pair of boxers for myself.
I talk a lot about fabric bargains on this blog, but I have come to realize that when I pay more for something I truly love that's higher quality, it ends up paying for itself in greater pleasure, more frequent use, and durability. (Hat's off to Mimi for reminding me.)
As of this morning, it's laundered, pre-shrunk and ready to be cut. I think it will be a pleasure to work with and I can't wait to get started.
And now on to my mystery package. Behold!
|She is labeled "Fashiondol."|
This vintage 40's mannequin doll, which I wrote about last week, is a beauty. I don't know why I thought she'd be hard; she's soft, like those painted latex hand puppets I remember from kindergarten. She stands roughly 4" taller than my Kens but I think they'll adjust over time.
She came with some extras. Silky cotton panties, probably homemade.
A photocopy of a vintage Fashiondol pattern (others are available for purchase on eBay).
Beautiful cotton fabric pieces, some vintage, some vintage-y, with delicate patterns perfect for a 15" doll. The fabric hadn't been included in the seller's description -- an unexpected treat.
In other news, friends, with the weather getting colder (and wetter), it was time to take out the doggie treadmill. Willy loves it, Freddy tolerates it. Winter is upon us for real.
In closing, readers, I have some projects ahead I'm excited about and I hope you are too: Michael's flannel shirt, the vintage doll dress, and the Cyd Charisse extravaganza (a version of which I may make for the doll first). Where to begin?
Have you ever sewn for a doll? Was it tedious, fun, or a little of both?
Happy Tuesday, everybody!