Not much sewing over here; family commitments, work commitments, etc.. The pants are temporarily dormant. There HAS been shopping however. So much for my new rigorous "hard-times" fiscal diet.
All these vintage fabrics came from a very rainy trip to the Ventura Flea last Sunday. It was pouring, and punters were thin on the ground, which is probably why the vendors seemed a little dispirited. All these fabrics came out to about $1.75 a yard which I'm guessing incorporated a "rainy day discount." The fantastic purple / pink is silk, the light blue print is rayon, the lighter blue-green paisley is terrycloth, the Tanzanian fabric has a heavy, stiff hand and could be coated cotton.
|Two yards of what I suspect might be Thai silk. Lovely, deep, lustrous colors.|
|I don't particularly like this, but I was fascinated to see fabric from Tanzania. A burn test was inconclusive. I'm not sure what I will do with this. I may be willing to swap it if someone loves it! It has a stiff, heavy hand.|
|This is my favorite. Vivid flowers against a coffee background. Alas it has that heavy, acetate hand and appears to be highly flammable. I sense a wiggle dress none-the-less. I'll just make a mental note not to wear it in a plane crash.|
|Richer and more lustrous than it appears here. Four yards, again, not in any way "natural" but I still love it.|
|A corduroy print, love the flowers against the navy. Pants?|
|At first I thought this might be a modern reproduction. It has a slinky hand and a weave I don't recognize. However a burn test showed it is rayon and it is 39" wide. 30s era? 40s era?|
|Groovy 60s terrycloth. This isn't really "me," and I'm not sure what to do with it.|
I've also bought some patterns, namely the Rival Wiggles that Vogue and Butterick have put out:
The Vogue dress has similar lines to a wonderful Burda dress that I've never sewn (ah, what a sentence for a forensic economist to investigate. I already have a similar pattern, I've never sewn it, yet I've just bought another pattern just like it), I'm very curious to see how this dress stacks up compared to Gertie's sublime design. I also love the coat, though I wouldn't wear it at that length. Perhaps it translates to a knee or mid-thing length design?
Buttericks is clearly a riff off of the Jill Sander dress from last spring / summer.
I'm curious to see how these work in the fabric. And no doubt so are you. Stay tuned!