Posts Tagged ‘ silk ’

Damn damn damn tiny waist!

Look what I found.

gone dress Mollie Parnis purple

Purple, rustly party dress.

gone dress Mollie Parnis purple

Dropped waist, square neck, little ┬ácap sleeves, back straps I’ve never seen before.

gone dress Mollie Parnis purple

Feels and moves and sounds like silk taffeta.

And it’s made by a talented designer, sold originally in an exclusive shop.

gone dress Mollie Parnis purple

But damnit! The tiny waist! The teeny tiny waist.

I can’t risk hurting it. I love this dress too much to harm it. Someone else should have it.

Can you change a turtleneck?

Stunner of a silk sweater. Perfect color. Love the little sleeves. Beads on one shoulder.

purple turtleneck before

But turtleneck?!

I’m wondering if it’s possible, without wrecking the sweater, to turn the turtleneck into a crew neck or jewel neck.

purple turtleneck before

Because this beauty’s going to waste as is…

purple turtleneck before

Could I stay-stitch the neckline I want, then gently and invisibly bind it?

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 …

And refashions, too

More inspiration for spring:

Gray paisley silk, pristine condition. Must cut down to something sharp. It’s really a giant dress, with covered buttons.

gray silk paisley

Purple heather knit. Already an awful ugly T-shirt.

purple heather knit

And fabrics

For spring consideration, stuff kicking around the house.

A gray and black and lilac on white rayon blend.

purple gray black white rayon blend

Gray twill.

fabric-gray twill 2

Gray and white leopard poly/rayon blend.

gray black white leopard rayon blend

Black and white dotted cotton blend.

fabric-dotted-black

Magenta sheer silk.

silk magenta print

Purples (except the velvet)

purples

Purple on white polyester

purple and white polyester crepe

Fun, c/o Gaffney’s and Vogue, mostly. Yard sales, too.

Refashion plan: From dress to what?

I found this turquoise silk dress for pennies at the thrifts.

I love prints that aren’t florals. So the paisleys were exciting. And I’ve been trying on this blue-green in a wardrobe that contains neither blue nor green.

Thought about hemming up the sleeves and the bottom, since the workmanship on this guy is amazing: Quilted yoke and cuffs, finished insides with interfacing to kick out the shoulders, bra holders, skinny tie front.

Then I noticed this giant spot on the front bosom of the dress. Boo. It’s going to need to be recut into something else.

But what?

Maybe a Wendy top?
Maybe a Cynthia Rowley?

Must…find…blouse pattern…for…fabulous…silk

I bought ridiculous silk at the Vogue right before Christmas, two chunks of two yards each, from the $3 table. Bought one piece, realized folly, went back for a second.

silk magenta print

I haven’t found the right blouse pattern for it yet. Something super simple to show off the irregular pattern of the fabric. Something with a little cap sleeve. Something in as few pieces as possible.
Then I was thinking one of the pattern lady’s gems might work. Especially since it was one of her few that I could cut to my own size instead of just her usual 18. And lately, I only want to wear dolman sleeves, long to the wrist or short.

Simplicity 7264

Clearly I’m too chicken to experiment on the silk. And the one below is too complicated. Maybe lengthening one of the plain ones… Must find the time to make a muslin before the poor silk ends up lost in a stash.

Simplicity 7264 tops I like