Seasons greetings from the parking lot of the abandoned Pizzeria Uno in North Wales, Pennsylvania!
We didn't actually spend Christmas in the parking lot, but close -- too close for comfort. Was it all a dream?
Thankfully, we're home again, and today, Friday, Michael and I decided to do a little post-Christmas fabric shopping. I wore my new coat and hat. I may need a new scarf.
Friends, I have not learned my lesson: do NOT go fabric shopping with other people, particularly if the other people is the person for whom you're sewing. Go to the store yourself, bring home 4-5 swatches of fabric you'd be willing to sew, and let them choose one. It makes life so much easier and they'll never miss what they don't see.
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
First we decided to grab lunch on 32nd Street off Fifth Avenue, otherwise known as Koreatown. Both Michael and I love Korean food, and we ate at the amazingly delicious self-serve restaurant, Woorijip.
I couldn't name half the things I ate, but I loved them all. Honestly,
if you're shopping in the Garment District and feel like something off
the beaten track -- unless you're Korean, of course, in which case it
would be the beaten track -- I highly recommend walking the ten minutes
out of your way and grabbing a bite at one of the dozens of restaurants in Koreatown (basically one
street). Yummy! (맛있는)
On the way to lunch, we passed by my favorite hat shop, J.J. Hat Center, just around the corner from Koreatown, on Fifth Avenue. If I hadn't just bought a hat I might have been tempted to buy another!
After downing our last kimchi pancake at Woorijip, we headed to Mood Fabrics. It wasn't as crowded as I'd feared and I always enjoy looking at fabric. We headed straight to the third floor and the wool coating aisle to choose something for Michael's winter coat.
Michael is going through a transition period from Autumn to Summer (actually "light summer") which has left him a little uncertain about what looks best on him. If it's not in his season's palette, he won't consider it. Honestly, I can hardly tell the difference.
I spotted a gorgeous wool plaid I loved (for me) but I wasn't sure what I'd make with it. Too loud for a sportcoat?
With too many choices before us, it wasn't long before we were both spent. We headed home empty-handed.
To reiterate: I think I should bring home a handful of swatches and let Michael choose from a narrow selection. People who don't sew don't know what suitable fabric weight for a coat is, or what designs are more/less challenging to sew, etc.
If I have to sew it, I have to like it, right? Right???
How would you handle this fabric selection challenge?
Friends, I hope you are enjoying the holidays and that your shopping experiences are proving more productive than mine.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!