Readers, I was fabric shopping earlier in the week with an old friend -- more about her in a bit -- when I saw this sign at Fabrics For Less on 39th St. (now combined with Chic Fabrics). Behind it was a cute vintage tractor-print -- quilting cotton really -- for just $1.99 a yard. It took a few days for me to make up my mind, but I was back there this morning and grabbed, alas, the last four yards.
It's fun and kitschy and, frankly, cheaper than the cotton muslin I use in draping class.
I wouldn't normally think of these as my colors but it doesn't look bad!
I was fabric shopping with my childhood friend Amy (below). We went to elementary school together. Can you spot us in the two class photos (2nd grade and 5th grade) from way back when?* (Hint: she's in the same place in both photos; I'm not.)
We swung by Mood, where she picked up two colorways in a very beautiful William Morris-y cotton print.
In other news, I found another vintage sewing machine (in a table) in the trash outside my apartment building (Yes, it's true!). I spotted it as I was leaving to walk the dogs and managed to take a few quick shots. Can you identify the model? I can't -- definitely not a Bernina.
During the walk I decided I simply couldn't bring one more sewing machine into my apartment. It's just as well: by the time I returned from the walk, the machine and its table had been unceremoniously tossed into the back of a 1-800-GOT-JUNK truck. Sad.
UPDATE: I suspect it was this Sears Kenmore model.
Meanwhile, I've been busy with my draping class -- our third week (of five) ends tonight and I'll be sharing a weekly wrap-up shortly. Great fun.
Have a great day, everybody!
*In the 2nd grade photo I'm in the last row on the far right (next to my teacher). In the 5th grade photo I'm in the back row, third from the left (in lavender). In both photos Amy is front row, far right.
Speaking of tractors, the fabric I bought made me think of this favorite musical number. Can you name the movie it's from?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!