Readers, you may not believe it, but I have worn my leopard print Miyake coat every day for the last three days. And that's without closures!
I have received many compliments and quite a few double takes. You know who I feel like when I wear this coat? Rudolf Nureyev. Or is it Margot Fonteyn. Anyway, very glamorous.
On Saturday, I met up with Elizabeth, who was in town visiting from the west coat, Claudine, Kat (an American living in Greece) and Sarita. Naturally, we hit a great many sewing-related hot spots, including Paron's, Daytona Trim, Chic Fabrics, Pacific Trim, and Mood, Glorious Mood.
|Claudine and Sarita|
|Kat and me|
|Claudine and Elizabeth|
This month, Paron's has a 40% off sale on everything not previously discounted. I bought a beautiful mint-green pique that I think will be perfect for a robe for my mother (and hopefully she'll agree). I love it.
Claudine kept badgering about my coat so I finally let her try it on. I must say she looks smashing in it.
Claudine was wearing a skirt she made from the amazing furry fabric she purchased at Paron's on MPB Day last August. I know I ribbed her about it at the time, saying it looked like it was embellished with a used Nad's For Men body waxing strip, but I love it, and it may just be the inspiration for my upcoming man-skirt, though probably without the hair.
We all ate lunch at Market Cafe, where I was introduced to the concept of the bottomless Bloody Mary. I thought I'd have to take my pants off but I wrong (thankfully, as I was all in mesh).
After losing Kat and Sarita, we elders headed for the FIT Museum, where we caught two shows, Trend-ology and Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s. I'd seen the former already, but the latter is fantastic and just opened last Friday (and closes April 19). The museum is free, btw. I love free.
Before the museum, we stopped for coffee and I caught this awesome hairdo. I'm not sure how you sleep in it, but it's not something you see every day.
I met up with my friend Johanna yesterday and she generously loaned me about a dozen Japanese pattern books (more about that later). Have any of my Japanese readers seen the segment on Nippon TV about Johanna's sewing machine collection? We're still waiting for a DVD of the footage, I mean, Johanna is.
Meanwhile, I'm trying to organize my week. I want to sew a shirt with the fabric I bought last week. I thought I'd try something interesting with pleats from my Japanese men's shirt book. Which version do you prefer?
It seems like a lot of work but I think the results could be interesting, don't you?
Below, I pleated out the orange stripe, and then stitched the pleats along their width, first in one direction and then in the other, to create a wavy effect.
Oh, I almost forgot: also on Saturday, I bought covered hook-and-eye closures for my Miyake coat. When I got them home and opened one of the packages, I realized I'd bought BROWN! I hate when that happens. I'll have to hunt down the black ones.
And that's it! A busy week ahead, including preparing for tomorrow night's FIT class. Tempus fugit!
Have a great day, everybody!