We’re busy packing up and emptying out the refrigerator (a little too quickly, as it turns out; what are we going to eat this weekend?) for our trip back to the US! We leave on Monday and spend two weeks in New York before heading to see my family in Madison, Wisconsin. So exciting! Our list of things to do and people to see is looooong, sort of like my list of fabrics to shop for while we’re in New York. I’m learning what I can and can’t find in Spain. Linen, lace, and trims here are amazing. Knits are much more difficult to locate, as are good silks and cotton shirtings. Cashmere is not available. Period. Not to mention proper ribbons. And now that I’ve finally unpacked all my supplies from the studio, I’ve discovered I have enough thread to last more than a lifetime but my supply of invisible zippers is extremely colorful (I guess I used all the beige and navy?), so that needs to be remedied, too. I really want a few proper YKK zippers, not the plastic kind that is so prevalent here. Spoken like a true sewing diva, I know.
I’ve also taken some of your sewing tool suggestions to heart and have made a short shopping list based on your ideas. Have you decided to try anything new from the comments everyone left?
It’s always been tough to get S to eat fruit and vegetables, but she was ecstatic when I make her a smoothie bowl the other day. After all, it’s Instagrammable, Pinnable, etc. Thirteen, folks! We are very much in the teenage years.
I love the trim in these photos, and you could do something similar using our Oliver + S Family Reunion Dress with some tiny pompom trim along the edge of the external facing or with a fancy trim along the neckline of the Oliver + S Badminton Top or Dress. (Or use our Liesl + Co Maritime Top or Lisette for Butterick B6464 halter top if you’re sewing for yourself.)
Speaking of sewing for yourself, I love this plain white shirt with pockets, which reminds me of our Liesl + Co Classic Shirt. Also, isn’t it nice to be able to sew for yourself? I really need a khaki pencil skirt, and it seems so odd that no stores carry them right now. I’ll be shopping for khaki twill fabric for an Extra-Sharp Pencil Skirt while we’re in New York. Oh, and how great is this vintage Claire McCardell top? I was thinking it’s similar to our Bento Tee, maybe in a men’s shirting. Striped, of course.
How many of these stain removal tips do you know? (Honestly, I usually just use the stain spray….)
- I want to sew a real tutu! (But I think I want more time than these contestants were given….)
- Ooh, Dior is coming to the V&A! (And on a side note, can I just move in someplace behind the fashion exhibit space? With one great exhibit after another there, it would be easier than traveling back and forth!)
- Isn’t this article about costume design for Suits interesting? Imagine, buying two identical dresses so you can cut one up just to add sleeves to the other! But also, the importance of tailoring and proportion.
- Iris Van Herpen is just amazing.
- I must admit, my first impression was Tintin. Yours too?
Don’t forget to tune in next week–lots of exciting things coming up! You’ll be happy, I promise.