Hullo folks! I’m back from Chicago and let me just apologize in advance for leaving this blog all by it’s lonesome. In my defense the internet service at my hotel was TERRIBLE to the point where after Monday night I just sort of gave up on the internet for the week. No joke!
What I did: Class was good; I learned a lot. I stayed in the suburb of Oak Park; home to both Ernest Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright so I was able to walk around some and do tourist stuff. I was lucky in that one of my dearest friends lives only a mere hour away and was kind enough to visit me on both Wednesday and Friday nights.
Meeting Gail just put the finishing touch on an already good week. Gail is just how you would expect her to be; lovely, kind, charming, fun and generous. She was sporting a gorgeous hand knit top and a knit skirt both made by her (note to self: learn to sew knits!). Unfortunately, I was a bit disheveled by this time as living out of a suitcase is rough! I had a great time seeing her fair city and chatting my head off. She was kind enough to tote me around to the various and sundry fabric hot spots and man, am I grateful. Our first stop (after some Starbucks to gird ourselves for the epic shopping ahead) was Fishman’s Fabrics. Followed by Vogue in Evanston, then back to Vogue in Chicago (they shift stock from store to store) with brief stops at a thrift shop, antique store and for lunch! Gail did a great job summarizing our day here.
Would you like to see what I bought? Of course you would!
First up is my one purchase from Fishman’s. They have many, many lovely things, but they are a bit spendy and I didn’t want to blow through my budget all at once. So when I found this great silk on 50% discount, I knew it was meant to be. What is not to love? It’s pink, it features bows and is girly to the extreme. I think it would be great to sew this up into a Forties back button blouse with, are you ready for this? A bow tied neck. Oh yeah. Bows to the max.
Apparently one bow fabric just wasn’t enough for me because I quickly snatched this print up at the Vogue in Evanston. This one will probably meet the same fate as the bow fabric above and will look perfectly charming with a great Forties wool suit in my collection. I think it would be fun to make a long sleeved blouse with those great blousey sleeves so typical of the era.
I know this picture is less than exciting but I think I jumped for joy when I found this coating. It’s pretty much exactly what I envisioned for the coat in my planning post. It’s a deep hunter green and the sign said that it was a Donna Karan fabric. Neat! Next to it is the hair canvas which was SO inexpensive and which will be used to tailor the coat. Stay tuned for that one folks, because I’m already feeling like I could use this coat!
This is some great mint green silk which is destined to become some sort of lacey, embroidered, vintage tap pants/bra combination. I love this color almost as much as I love cake. Which is a LOT. I also bought a great dotted swiss cotton, which one can really never have too much of right?
Pictured here is an Anna Sui silk fabric. This one hasn’t told me yet what it would like to be, but I thought the print was so snazzy that I just had to get it. It has the most amazing drape and fluidity.
Finally, Gail twisted my arm and made me buy this deep teal wool.
Okay, so I wasn’t a hard sell there! I was looking for a very specific teal color and did not want to compromise. However, I saw this fabric at both Vogues so I sort of went for it. It may end up being a jacket of one kind or another (kicky Fifties swing jacket?) or it may end up being the originally intended jumper. Only time will tell.
Finally, sweet Gail gifted me with fabric. We saw this print at Vogue in a burgundy and I loved it so but did not buy it. Gail said she had some at home and imagine my surprise when she came downstairs with it, as well as with some great Thirties quilting cottons (to be featured in another post) for me to pick through. I tried not to be too greedy!
So that, my friends, was Chicago for me. What a great time. Thanks again to Gail for toting me around. I can’t wait to visit her again!
Until next time,
*Fabric goods; get your mind out of the gutter!