Pardon my ingorance

Exhibit A: Banana Republic Dress. I think it was about $135 last fall


Exhibit B: Milly blouse found this morning at a local boutique. $235.


Exhibit C: My skirt made from fabric at Metro Textile $20.

Now, pardon my ignorance… but I sort of assumed that mine was a Banana Republic print all along. It never occurred to me that another designer (Milly) was off using the same fabric in a different colorway.

Orig. $358 at Bloomie’s or at Neiman Marcus for $219 on sale


Don’t we sewists love this kind of validation in our fabric taste and access to these textiles?


Last night The Cop and I went to dinner with friends and stopped by a local jazz club called the Haven after. Last weekend, there was a robbery at this club and a former City Councilman was murdered during the robbery. His funeral was on Wednesday.

Last night my office organized a gathering here. The Haven is the only place in the city with live jazz and one of the few places with live music at all. It’s in a stable neighborhood, less than a mile from me and near a college campus. It also draws a multiracial crowd — something rare in Baltimore. At anyrate, if my office hadn’t been there, there would have been two people in the club.

Right now, it’s the safest place in the city. There were no less than three cops inside and more outside. I guess I’m writing this because I feel like if we let a place like the Haven close because people stop going, then you’re really letting crime take over the good things in your city. So, if you’re in Baltimore or around the area, you should stop by. It’s a great club where a terrible thing happened.


And now, I have to mop my basement. It’s pouring rain and I’ve flooded for the second time in three months. I think I need the gutters in the back of the house cleaned/replaced.

Patrones: Chloe Skirt, Issue 245

So, I kind of hate the hand sewing. I’m lucky I wasn’t born at a time when my value as a potential wife was based on things like crewel and embroidery. Because it would be the equivalent of being picked last for the kickball team.

During West Coat PR weekend I took a hand sewing class from Susan Khalje (who apparently live 20 mins from me) with the prodding of Marji. That’s me kind of cheating by looking over Markie’s shoulder during the class trying to figure out what I was doing wrong. I’m *really* glad I took the course. I have more respect for the hand sewing. But, I am still no good at it and still don’t like it.

This Patrones skirt was an exercise in hand sewing. It took me four different sit downs before I got it all done. I used a silk twill for this skirt which Cindy was kind enough to pick up this Banana Republic print from Metro Textiles after I *had* to have it when she posted it on her blog. But, it’s thin and not quite beefy enough for this skirt. So, I underlined it in cotton batiste. I finished it off with an all around, catch stitched hem.

I damaged a really lovely project by using some cheap a$$ interfacing. It bubbled up on the waistband.
The skirt is far more modest than the editorial has you think. There will be no OBGYN exam as I walk down the street.
I omitted the ties and used three buttons to close the waist band. I did make a swayback adjustment and am quite happy with how the back fits. I did nothing to adjust the length either.

Overall I’m pleased with the skirt. But, it won’t work on your body if you are larger in the hips. The pockets and gathers definitely add width. I also need to add a flat button to the inside waistband to keep the waistband even (I see it creeping up).

I’m so glad I have something to wear wear to work tomorrow. I’ve been recycling the same seven looks since May! But, I’m wearing different shoes. These make me feel like my toes are on fire.

Patrones #245, model #25, January 2006

Frankly my dear…

My OOP Scarlett O’Hara green velvet dress pattern (Butterick 4051) came in the mail last week. This ‘advanced’ pattern calls for a whopping 15 3/4 yards of fabric for the dress, hat and bag. Yet, I squealed like Bobby Hill when I saw the hat is included! How fabulous would it be? I only have two costumes in my pattern collection. The second is Marilyn Monroe (OOP Simplicity 8393).

I see I’ve been a little slow with the sewing and posting. I’ve, uh, been busy.

My three skirts are all still mid construction. But, I made a jump on my Patrones Chloe skirt (pictured above). I’m not super happy with it right now. First, I do not care for working with slippery silk. Sigh. I also tried to underline the skirt to beef it up and add some modesty — but not in the smartest way.

I have a RTW silk dress that is underlined, but the hem hangs freely. So, I’m attempting the same thing with this one.

When I get home tonight, I need to let out the side seam a bit, hem the batiste/underlining and put the side seam back together. Truly, a make it work proposition. I can’t just hem it up to the underlining because then it will be too short. Bleh. Haste my friends, makes waste.


I also used a fusible knit interfacing on the waistband and it’s a gross bubbly hot mess. With God as my witness I will NEVER use Joann’s interfacing again. Which leads me to the waistband facing, I want to interface that too for strength, but I need to sort out what I’m going to interface with.

And finally, here’s how I’m spending my weekend:
It’s so disorganized in here right now I can’t think straight!