Monday, March 19, 2007

One step closer

I had an impromptu trip today to Purl in Soho. I had taken Harlan to the village to visit Grandma and as we left I decided to make a detour to pick up some pierogi. Got to get back to my Ukranian roots.
As we walked out of the store I saw my baby's head slumped over. He never sleeps in the stroller. Never. My heart raced as I saw a golden opportunity to go shopping!!!!! We plowed down second ave. at record speed, dodging hordes of German tourists out on a freezing day (footnote: They are probably not all German but they may as well be). Over the piles of black snow and through the slush we zipped, stopping only to pet a baby border terrier pup. Into Purl we went, and BOOM! Harlan awoke. I knew my time was limited. I tired to remember the yardage for my upcoming pattern projects and ended up coming close, although I may need to go back if I don't cut conservatively. It was so awesome to see all the great designer fabrics in person that I've been drooling over online for months now. So, here's what we have:

I bought a patterned fabric for this dress after all. If I attempt to embroider it I'll never get it done in time for warm weather. I am using this blue ric rack for the trim, but I'm a bit short, so please let me know if any of you have some extra. Check out more "new vintage wardrobe" projects over on Bitter Betty's flickr group:

Here are two types of fabric I bought to make this blouse with. I like the green so much that I may go back for more and make Harlan a summer jon jon from it:

I also applied for a four month stint with nikki-shell's wardrobe refashion project. This is the the pledge for those of you who haven't seen it yet:

The Pledge

  • I __________________ pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 / 4 / 6 months. I pledge that i shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoated, recylcled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftyness brings! Signed__________________.
This experiment shouldn't be too much a problem for me since I'm not doing much clothing shopping P.B (post baby). If I can lose that last damn ten pounds I'll instantly have a whole new wardrobe, courtesy of my overflowing and unopened closet.


Angelina said...

Well, I'm right there with you on the instant closet. Those last pounds really are stubborn. Though I have much farther to go than you do, I've been there before. (It took me two years to lose the baby weight, but I did. Then I regained it all when I broke my hip a year and a half ago and it feels much more stubborn this time.)

Anyway-I love the fabric you chose! I don't have any blue ric rac unfortunately. I especially love that green fabric. I'd love a dress made out of it.

Bitterbetty said...

Is that vintage "copenhagen" blue? I have just over a yard.
I haven't sent your package so I will add it just in case it matches.

Your fabrics are so great! Can't wait to see the results!!

OldRound said...

Bless you for being able to remember even a little bit ... how much fabric you needed.
Re: the signing in, your blog is the first blogger blog that hasn't allowed me to sign in with my link etc. It must be b/c it doesn't allow anonymous comments?

AnastasiaC said...

oh you are brave!! anyone who signs the pledge with wardrobe refashion is very brave haha...actually I wish I had more patience as Id love to sew and revamp clothes!
Whats pierogi? sounds interesting!

Violette Crumble said...

Thanks y'all. I don't know about what color it is over in Copenhagen, but I'd appreciate any matching ric rac, thanks!

Oldround, I have no idea about signing in here. I only know that wherever I leave comments I need to sign in. Is blogger different?

Anastasiac, I am not that brave, just motivating myself to make more and buy less. Pierogi are dumplings filled with potato or sauerkraut or other similarly savory fillings. They get applesauce or sour cream on top of them and are a side dish with meat and vegetables. Super good. Any Polish or Russian restaurants where you live?