I had the pleasure of running around my old stomping grounds yesterday! I am currently in Portland, OR visiting my parents which led a necessary shopping trip to the Fabric Depot!
Now, I feel extremely blessed to have even the limited choices of fashion fabric that I do have in walla walla. Good ol' JoAnn's comes through pretty well now and again. But, walking into the Fabric Depot today, my knees went weak, I started salivating, and had an intense urge to just up and move to Portland so that I could have this amazing experience way more often.
I didn't even know where to start looking, but luckily, I had time to just browse. I ran into the Mood fabric collection, which I had only heard about via Gertie and Project Runway. I finally got to run my fingers over fabrics that I had only previously read about. Cotton Gorgette, Charmeuse, Chiffon, Cotton Lawn, etc. all wonderful!
I picked up several new pieces for my stash, and I might have some ideas up my sleeve for what to do with them. Along with the fashion fabric, I stumbled upon Bemberg Rayon Ambiance lining, which is just as luxurious as I had heard, so of course I had to get some of that too! Another find I am super excited about, is some silk organza. I hear it is very useful for stabilizing seams.
While browsing around, I spotted a book that I've heard about many times and wasn't quite sure what it was all about; Fit For Real People by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto. I don't mind making muslins, but this book teaches you how to get away with not making a muslin and just fit the pattern tissue itself to you before making the garment. I leafed through the book and decided that learning to pattern fit will definitely be a skill worth knowing! This book looks pretty fantastic. It has pictures of fitting problems; a bump here, a wrinkle there, and it shows what fitting techniques will fix that particular problem. Genius for when you are the only seamstress in the house :)
So, onward with the adventure...