Tuesday, May 06, 2008

I just can't help myself

Yesterday I was at work 12 hours (and that does not include the trip into and out of NYC)...tomorrow I will be at work another 12 hours...and today I went fabric shopping at lunchtime because, well, because I was having a rotten, stinkin' day and one of my friends wrote an email about some great fabric that they had gotten at Metro Textiles...

So you know what happened next, right? Yeah, I went and I came home with this:


3 yards of a wonderful, silky cotton that matches an amazing piece of a coral linen/cotton blend that's already in my fabric collection and looks so good with this... I also bought a piece of white linen (not pictured) for my June Capsule Wardrobe...



This matelaise is for my dress for Mother's Day - it will be used just for accent pieces but whoa what accents - more about the dress this weekend!

However, I was thrilled to get out of Kashi's with an attitude adjustment, without going too deeply into debt and without acquiring an entirely new wing to my fabric collection. As one of my friends said, "That man is dangerous!" *LOL*

So I'm headed back to the A train, I round the corner onto 8th Avenue, walk past the Dunkin' Donuts and realize that I'm right in front of Ebads Fabrics. Before I knew about Kashi & Metro Textiles, I bought almost every piece of linen that I sewed with from my friend Nabil, Ebads owner. I thought I would just duck in real quick, say "hi!" and see what linens he had...I hate to tell you this folks but his linen prices are even better than Kashi's!!!

I didn't get any linen...I got this:


It is a very lightweight, sheer, cotton toile and right away it told me that it wants to be a 50's style shirtdress. So if anyone knows of a great pattern for a plus size chick, please share. Vintage, non-vintage, new or indy, I am willing to consider it! Because if Ethel Mertz could wear one of those shirtwaist dresses...by dang, I think I can too!

So now I'm home...I've got fabric dreams, wonderful, awesome things I want to sew...I just need some time! But isn't that the cry of most of us sewists....

18 comments:

  1. Shirtdress would be perfect. You're prettier than Ethel (and with a prettier name, too).

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  2. but you didn't say how much of that gorgeous toile you scored! Personally I'm DYING to make the new Khaliah dress (simplicity 2981) and I reckon that toile would be stunning - but the pattern calls for LOTS and LOTS of fabric!

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  3. Oooh, great fabrics! I'm looking forward to seeing your Mothers Day dress!

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  4. Working all those hours, how can you possibly sew? Sigh, why does work get in the way.....

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  5. Now, let me get this straight! You buying fabric for a Mother's Day dress 5 days before Mother's Day? Carolyn, you are amazing. I don't work 12 hour days, and I couldn't finish a dress in 5 days. Mail me some of your sewing mojo!

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  6. When oh when will you get the time to work on these beautiful pieces?

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  7. Who cares about sewing them - you needed the therapy!

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  8. The "Ethel Mertz" comment made me laugh out loud, Carolyn -- and also made me think, "If Ethel can do it ..." :)

    Thanks for the upbeat moment.

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  9. Love your fabric. I was at Joann's a week or so ago and a young lady was looking for red toile fabric. The black toile is 2df. Looking forward to your dress for Mother's Day.

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  10. I love that toile! It is beautiful. Along with the piece for mother's day. Sadly, I never did make it to Ebads. Apparently I need to come back to the City without the hubby :) g

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  11. When I saw your toile fabric I immediately thought of your TNT pattern that you used to make a red/cream linen dress out of. You had tea dyed it to get it that nice vintage color. It is a voge and the designer name starts with a T. Sorry I can't remember the exact one, but I am sure you know exactly what I am talking about. Right?

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  12. Love your work, for the toile and a shirtdress, check ebay; there have been some wonderful ones lately.

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  13. Here is a vintage pattern on ebay B43 (I don't know your size, but saw you once mentioned 22, so I just guessed). It's cute and not too crazy to better show off the toile and blend in with today's things. Item number: 250244259847.

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  14. I just saw a great pattern the other day and thought of you. And it's a shirtwaist and plus size! I humbly suggest Butterick 5194. I think the model looks smashing in the red version (not to mention the shoes) and I can see it looking even better in your fabric choice.

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  15. Beautiful fabrics! I was fabric shopping today too, lol, bought some beautiful turquoise linen (for a certain Vogue dress, lol) and a beautiful printed satin and some yellow cotton... I have no room left for fabric... These are now in plastic bags, waiting... I'm hopeless...

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  16. 12 hours on nice day! :-(
    I hate those days....a wonderful fabric haul would do the trick for me too :-)

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  17. Gorgeous fabrics. Talk about the best therapy for a bad day at work. I'm very jealous that you can pop into Kashi's on your lunch hour for a fix. I have to open Ebay for my fix, but then I have to wait.

    When will you find the time to make a Mother's Day dress before Sunday??????? I am more than impressed.

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  18. Beautiful print.
    You are so right about needing time...you still seem to do well:) with the time you do have.

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