Jan. 23rd, 2007

lovetriangle: (shanghai)
I did it! I made a Kamikazi run to downtown at lunch just to see if I could make it there and back, plus shop, in a reasonable amount of time. It wasn't bad... it takes half an hour each way including parking right off Maple, and I took half an hour to shop so in 1.5 hours I was able to flip the bird to Calico Corners in a financial way.

I did learn a few things by this trip...
1) Know what I want before I go, and that means how much, too. There's no time for browsing or mental figuring. You go in, you get fabric, you get out. Like a military operation.
2) In half an hour of shopping, I'm not gettin' off 9th Street. Don't get me wrong, 9th is my favorite street - but there isn't time to hit the trim shop AND Home Fabrics in the same trip.

I know, I know, you wanna know what I bought... Fabric whores - all of ya!

I got enough silver trim for the PDSvN kirtle, pewter silk dupioni for an Anglaise, and the most amazing changeable silk taffeta for the CC'07 Sekrit Gala Project - I don't even know how to describe it... it's the color of sky blue, but not the kind of sky blue you get in Los Angeles. The kind of sky blue that's almost too dark to be real. Not cornflower, but a crisp, cool, medium blue that looks like the sky in a fairytale. The warp threads are a soft gold color so it looks like a sunset. *sigh* I spoil myself sometimes.

The bad news is I was also looking for a cheap 18c printed cotton to do the test-run Anglaise to go over the quilted petticoat. What I found instead was an incredible taupe linen covered in silk embroidery at $65/yd. I can dream, can't I?

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