my favorite fabric store, textile fabrics has the greatest sales. my personal favorite is when they slash the entire store’s worth of fabric 40%-50% off 2x a year (in january & july, naturally). my second favorite is when they pull all their OOP patterns – for every $10 you spend, you get to choose a free pattern. i don’t know about y’all, but i can always find an excuse to buy shit at the fabric store, so i trekked west of the river with miss lauren winter & we picked ourselves out some goodies. i’m not going to bother with the stuff i bought – it’s pretty boring, albeit necessary, sewing notions like machine needles & white thread & *yawn* is anyone still listening? but check out the patterns i snapped up when they finally allowed me in the back room
vogue 8156, claire shaeffer’s custom couture collection ooh la la
i actually squealed when i found this one, and the lady next to me remarked, “giiirl you must have just found something amazing!”
they also had a claire shaeffer jacket, which i considered grabbing, but i must have considered for too long because by the time i had made my decision, it was already gone :( oh well, it was kind of ugly (i can’t find an image online so you’re just gonna have to trust me) & in a much larger size than i would have needed, so i guess it’s better that it went to someone who is going to use it and love it, instead of me, who would just be using it for the instructions :)
the instructions on the claire shaeffer pants are interesting. ideally, i’d love to use them with v1059 for denim pants, but i know some of the techniques won’t work (like easing the pants into the waistband with lots of steam, instead of traditional darts). i do love that they include handworked buttonholes.
it’s stormy & rainy out today, so hopefully i’ll be able to finish my sister’s dress (after i ceremoniously burn the instructions, of course) & then i can get started on a new goody for myself :) the hardest part is figuring out which one to work on next – i’m thinking vogue 1227 in that gorgeous flea market barkcloth.