25 October 2009

How I Spent my October Sewing Allowance

I have decided to give myself $150 per month to spend on my "vices" which primarily include sewing! Here's where the money went in October.
The "*" means I've already used it or it is a work in progress.
Fabric:
royal blue stretch wool 2m, $26
dark grey with multicolour speck poly tweed 2m, $12
dark turquoise silk charmeuse 2m, $42
royal purple silk charmeuse 1.5m, $32
Patterns:
Butterick 6927- vintage reprint of 1951 B3684, $9

New Look 6918, $3

*Butterick 5388, $4
I've already sewn up AND worn, B5388 view B in midnight teal silk charmeuse from PR NYC 2006, Metro Textiles. The vintage is a Holy Grail pattern (that means see it=buy it and the purchase is excluded from all self imposed bans) and I don't have immediate plans to sew it up. I plan to make up NL 6918 soonish - I will make the same view as the picture.
Notions:
*silk thread, 2 spools, $9
Other crap:
I bought a More Magazine (for the Belinda Stronach article) and a Marie Claire when I didn't have a book to read on the train.



04 October 2009

Luxuria - Fabric Extravagance

Say hello to my newest friends:




















The mail haul was excellent this week.
I indulged during the Fabricmart .com 20% off sale and ordered:
- black poly jersey (Vera Lavender, $6 per yard, 3 yards) Good basic. STASH.
- blue/black/brown/white silk jersey (Maggy something, $10 per yard, 3.5 yards) SO SO SO NICE! Will become DVF wrap dress or maybe the new Vogue 8379. SEW IMMEDIATELY.
- white and black cotton print (Vera Lavender, $8 per yard, 3 yards) I don't like this - I messed up on interpreting the scale and hand - it is very home-decish. DEEP STASH!
- crazy scribble stretch cotton print (Vera Lavender, $8 per yard, 2.5 yards) Nicer than it looked! But a bit too wild. The original use by Vera was a pair of horrible "city shorts". Barf. I think I will make a 60's shift dress or a blazer style jacket. SEW 3-6 months.
The pics are from http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/xcart/home.php.
Obvs as none are crooked or otherwise horrible.

And from co-ops:
Kaufman Silk/Cotton Poplin ($10 yard, 3 yards) This fabric wasn't the bottom weight I anticipated. It is more like the hand of fine cotton shirting with the sheen of a charmeuse. I will make a shirt and use the rest for lining. SEW IMMEDIATELY.
And from the infamous Ressy's co-op (that's her pic), a fabulous magenta honey comb suiting ($10.50 yard, 3 yards). I swear I saw this fabric in at dress at Holt Renfrew, can't recall the designer but the dress was over a grand. STASH 3-6months.
Boy, you can tell I read a lot of those investing newsletters with the BUY-SELL-HOLD advice.

These are really nice fabrics, even the one I don't love. My last internet fabric purchases were so heinous, I showed them to my husband for entertainment value. His diplomatic response, "Did someone give those you?"
I cut myself off internet fabric for 6 months! Now I'm back!