Katherine and I spent 2 days at a textile show in Las Vegas this week. No gambling in the casinos (which I avoid and or move through as fast as possible). ...but lots and lots of fabric buying. We are a great team. We vet each other's choices and she reminds me to always buy blues and to look for the good tones of purple and fuchsia. It was helpful to have fabric suggestions from our friends on FaceBook. In fact, we found some of nearly everything people requested, including a couple of mustard pieces...this is such a new color that it is just beginning to show up in the offerings.
Elfriede's Fine Fabrics in Boulder, Colorado appeared the first day in the most fabulous interpretation of Vogue 8752. Elfriede is always beautifully and creatively dressed, and she positively glowed in this stunning jacket. What amazed me is the use of two layers of soft drapey silk which worked like a silken sweater...the jacket is completely lined and hangs perfectly. Made even more gorgeous by the spot-on use of impeccably applied narrow piping to outline the pockets. The jacket draped like liquid without adding bulk or weight. Elfride's friend Melissa made the jacket for herself, but made the ultimate sacrifice, loaning it to her to wear at the show before she had even worn it herself. Now I want my own silken version...this is a practical use of silk, would add a layer of warmth, but worn open would be fine in a warm climate, and will slide easily on over and under other layers.
Back home, I'm re-grouping, unpacking and re-packing for Paris. We leave in a week. I've done a bit more on the Miyake coat, decided it is not the right weight for rainy fall weather in Paris, but will be perfect to wear here in Oregon. Stay tuned. In the meantime, I'm finishing up a pattern to send off to Vogue, putting together a newsletter (watch for it coming soon), photographing new fabrics, and, to satisfy my need to do a little sewing each day, am whipping up a Paris raincoat. Bouncing back and forth from computer/writing, to photo studio, to design table/patternwork and the sewing machine. Loving it all!