Archive for February, 2011

Lousy bosom wrecks all my fun: the 28 Shop version

And now this, too. A number from Marshall Field’s The 28 Shop. It won’t quite fit over my bosom and ribs. Feels like silk, too. Typical.

dress 28 shop

I’ve just learned that the 28 Shop, named for its 28 dressing rooms AND the 28 E. Washington address of said elevator, was a big big deal, thanks to thanks this book published through the Chicago Architecture Foundation:

One of the most elaborate changes in the retailing space of the State Street Store occurred in 1941 with the opening of The 28 Shop, a new fashion salon dedicated to America designers, since World War II ended the availability of European (primarily French) designers.

To make the space both elegant and exciting, the store engaged designer Joseph Platt, scenographer for Gone With the Wind, to create a sleek rotunda (appointed with Louis Quinze gilt and garlands) surrounded with large mirrored fitting rooms, each with a different design, ranging from stylish bamboo to the richness of Oriental rugs.

The opening of The 28 Shop was the social event of the season, when Chicago’s smart set arrived in limousines at the door of 28 East Washington Street and rode private elevators to the rarified comforts of Chicago’s most exclusive dress shop.

And a photo, from RememberingMarshallFields.blogspot.com:

Here’s one of the 28 fitting rooms there, decorated in 14 two-of-a-kind styles — lace, bamboo, pink-and-beige, etc. — so if the dressing room with your favorite decor is occupied, there’s an identical one you can use. Also, 28 Shop special china. Ah, the luxury …

Glitch in the spring sewing plan

More white stuff came down today, not tons like before but still enough to make me stay the heck home.

pots under snow

porch under snow

window in snow

indoor garden

Bound: purple sweater dress

Bound and ready to go.

scoop neck dress done

The scoop neck came out great.

purple sweater dress scoop neck

The only think I don’t love is the buttons.

buttons i don't love

Will give them a run, maybe change them out after wearing.

Bias binding strips pinned right on.

purple sweater dress bindings pinned

Sewed right on, about 3/8 inch from the edge, with a little zigzag.

purple sweater dress bindings sewn

Trimmed and voila!

Trying a binding from some scraps

I think this is the best stash fabric I have to make a binding for this sweater dress refashion.

purple sweater refashion, binding fabric

Used it years ago to make a wrap dress for a family anniversary party.

There was plenty in the scrap to cut a long enough bias strip to bind the new scoop neckline.

purple sweater refashion, measuring binding

There were not enough wool scraps to do a self-bind, and even if there were, this synthetic will be less itchy than more wool against my skin.

Purple. Clearly I adore it. It’s exciting that my purples now are working in harmony.

Three days away from home

thanks to the Chicago blizzaster of 2011.

Back home now, parking spot shoveled out by hand, muscles aching.

No sewing for a minute. I can’t get down on the floor to trace or cut.

Will maybe look at shoes. Like these:

Snowmageddon, aka

The snopocalypse… snowgasm…snowmania…

At any rate, I will be crafting nothing but news stories tonight from out on the snowy roads of Chicago’s suburbs from the passenger seat of a police patrol car.

Wish me luck. It’s supposed to be the biggest blizzard since 1967.