Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting up with four very special women who happen also to be popular sewing bloggers, and a more photogenic group of gals you'd be hard-pressed to find.
Suzanne (on the far left) had invited me to join her, Sonja, Wanett, and Oonaballoona at Mood for a little fabric shopping and I had to go. Many laughs and much pawing of extraordinary fabric, some of which we were wearing ourselves.
|Oonaballoona in a fetching bouclé jacket she made herself.|
|Suzanne's elegant navy ponte knit dress.|
Over a light lunch at Pret-A-Manger, I shared my well-worn copy of Color Me Beautiful, and what fun we had leafing through it. Sonja devoured the concept and I am confident that one day this young Queens resident will find her season.
Breaking away from the pack, whose enthusiasm for sewing, fabric shopping, and picture taking knows no bounds, I made a few purchases on my own at Fabrics for Less and Chic Fabric, specifically for my 1939 McCall's dress project.
Believe it or not, I currently plan to make two versions of this dress, and potentially a third.
First, I purchased what feels (and burns) like a rayon/poly blend that drapes like silk. To me the print has an Art Deco feel and I love the palette, admittedly more abstract that much of what you see in Sears catalogs of the period. We'll see how it turns out.
My other purchase was a striped charcoal gray suiting with a crepe-like texture, along with a more widely striped cream. I strongly suspect these are petroleum products, but for $2/yd, this allows me to experiment with contrasting plastrons and maybe even a bolero jacket. (Think Rosalind Russell.)
In related news, I found these second-hand (though not vintage) shoes at the flea market this morning for just $5. To me they have a very Thirties feel and they also happen to be exceedingly comfortable.
This is a pair of authentic 1930's lace oxfords for sale on eBay for $259. Close enough.
Readers, that's all for today. I'd love to get some sewing in but we'll see how it goes.
Happy Sunday, everybody!