I spent the last three days driving around the suburban subdivisions of Macungie, Pennsylvania -- perhaps you've been there -- where Michael's parents are staying temporarily until they move permanently to another Pennsylvania suburb.
Wednesday night our speedy Beiber bus dropped us off at the Bieber Bus Terminal (formerly the Charcoal Drive-In), where we were picked up by Michael's younger sister Sara, who's visiting from LA.
Sara was delighted to receive the Prada knock-off bag I found last month. Isn't it cute on her?
Our photo shoot took place in the lush landscaped parking lot of
the Staybridge Suites Hotel (Motel?), conveniently located only 15 miles from
downtown Allentown. (Nice beds but the coffee sucks.)
You may notice that I'm holding the Filson bag I ragged on last Wednesday and I feel I must amend my original opinion: for traveling, this bag is pretty good. When it's full-ish, the bottom no longer sags like an overweight cat belly. It's roomy and sturdy and ideal for loading into and out of a car trunk. It's just a lousy day bag.
You may also have noticed that I have reclaimed my recently completed striped shirt -- actually Michael and I have decided to share it.
I also wore my patchwork madras shirt (having added buttons to the collar). Did anybody notice that glamorous blogger Sarah Gunn used the exact same fabric for a dress last week? Great minds, right?
There is much more to tell, friends, but the less said about me in the suburbs the better. Suffice it to say it's good to be back in the city; I'm much more regular here, in every way.
I did something really stupid this morning: I machine-laundered five yards of the muslin I'd purchased last week for draping. Is there any reason to launder muslin if you're only going to drape with it?
It dried SO wrinkly. QUESTION: Why does some cotton fabric dry so smooth and other cotton dry like mummy bandages?
It took me an hour to iron it flat and it still needs work.
I also laundered the other fabrics I purchased last week. I forgot to tell you about the two yards of navy cotton twill I bought to make pants. My jeans are wearing out and I thought this blue twill -- which has the texture of Dickie's work pants -- would be a nice alternative to denim.
Readers, that's all for today. I have lots of sewing planned for the week ahead as well as considerable preparation for MPB Day; I can't believe it's next Saturday. Should I spring for a mani-pedi and a spray tan?
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