Archive for February, 2009

The Dress

I never thought about weddings as a child or young woman. I guess I hoped I’d find a friend to spend my life with, but how the party went down I knew not. And from going to a whole big bunch of weddings in my 32 years, I knew I wanted the day and the occasion to fit the people involved, not the other way around. Because it’s not a dream, it’s a happy day.

The one thing I did think about was the dress. I started sewing in high school while broke at a prep school. Figured out pretty quickly I could have really amazing dresses for dances if I made them myself. So every time there was some special event, I made a dress: senior prom and college graduation ball. I sewed for my sister when she wanted something particular, too. 

Of course, I must have thought, I’d make my wedding dress. Buying ready-made polyester  satin made in China wasn’t going to cut it, and I wanted a simple enough shape. Even the plainest silk dress I tried on had four digits. The two I liked best would have more than doubled what I wanted to spend, with all the alterations. In fact the alterations on the last dress I considered were going to run about what I wanted to spend on fabric. Also, I live in the city home to Fishman’s Fabrics. Also, another amazing place called Vogue Fabrics

So why not blow the budget on the silk and screw the formality? Tell the bridal shopladies to keep their dreams because I’m going to make a dress? 

So here goes. Vogue pattern 2931 (sans bow and w a few other alterations). Gold silk taffeta obtained from Fishman’s, lined with the sleekest, softest gold silk from Vogue Fabrics.



Get out of Jail

Time to play this card. I bought a few new things from a retail store. The Filene’s Basement near my job is closing, and the sales are amazing. I confess I got sent there to talk to shoppers about how they were resisting or succumbing to going-out-of-business sales, and while in the shoe department, fell in love. 

So I walked out with black leather shoes with heels I’ve coveted that at $35 are a whole digit less than the Nordstrom originals. A WHOLE DIGIT. Like a zero on the end. The teal was cute but impractical. You can imagine my excitement at spotting these.  

New leather shoes

New leather shoes

A swingy square neck black knit dress with inbetween sleeves in year-round weight that was $6 when all the discounts kicked in

New black knit dress

Also various brand-name underwear. Truth is, I might go back for more.

Though I have to put my card down, there’s no guilt for this girl. Because I still thought like a Refashioner while choosing these few things. They’re well-made and only cost so little because the store is liquidating. All three are needs – the shoes will go to work, the dress is super versatile, underwear speaks for itself – and all three are beyond my skill set as a crafter. 

Sure, I could focus on sewing knits, but  I’ve decided to sew my own wedding dress (more to come on that process), and am making that happen as we speak, so time for any other sewing just doesn’t exist.

In fact, my big refashion this week is a pair of brown leather boots that needed a tiny adjustment to be comfortable again. A lousy $1.35 is all it took. How lazy have I been, really?

You ready for this one?