the things i do for sewing, man
I went to G Street Fabrics last Friday. Actually, I went on a Rockville odyssey that involved G Street Fabrics last Friday. The Falls Church store is way closer, but their rental machine was out, so I had to go to Maryland. (That is, their machine was out until they called me as I was on my way to Rockville, to let me know it had been returned. Facepalm.)
I suppose the first thing I should tell you is that I got slapped in the face with a bus door. G Street Rockville is two buses and a train ride away from campus and I got slapped in the face in the home stretch. See, I was running to catch the bus and turned the corner to board as the driver was closing the doors. That was my introduction to Rockville. Charmed, I was! Then I got lost in a sea of strip malls on the .7-mile hike from bus stop to store. I like to pretend that it’s because I’m a New Yorker and not because I’m an idiot. Just go with it. Finally, after finding a kindly man and his dog on Hoya Street (waiting to find Saxa Road, obviously), I found G Street.
Fun fact: There is a gym above G Street Fabrics but underneath its sign. Isn’t that confusing? Just for me? Awesome.
As I was waiting for them to resurrect the rental form I found this beauty:
An Ascher polished cotton. Gorgeous print, fabulous colors, $30/yd. I died. I am actually writing this from beyond the grave. It is Ghost Charlotte, I hope you don’t mind. I will never ever complain about the prices at Paron ever again, amen. G Street has another $30 cotton that actually costs $5/yd a Fabrics for Less, $4 if you bring my baller mom with you. I never knew I was a whiny cheapskate until I started sewing. (I understand why it costs more, I just don’t like it.)
In an uncharacteristic move, I made my way to the discount section in the back, where everything is $2.97/yd. Much better. Mama doesn’t dig for fabric, as a rule, but I emerged from the polyester haze with this beauty:
Uneven because it’s on my bed, but isn’t it pretty? I think I might be alone there. The woman who cut it out for me looked doubtful. Hell, I’m having second thoughts. It’s a heavy-ish canvas with a bit of body. I thought it would make a nice pencil skirt, but I’m wondering if I can overcome the stiffness and whip up a pleated A-line skirt. Doubtful, but windmill tilting is the best part of being a beginner.
Nobody puts Bernina in a corner. Unless it’s getting late and your roommates probably need to relcaim the postage stamp-sized dining table, then maybe. The 1001 is lovely and just hums along like a dream, even though I think she’s about twenty years old.
Oh, and I muslined the Colette Meringue skirt in a lovely cotton from none other than Kashi. This is an excellent picture of it, obviously. The scallops look like fangs, despite my best notchery, so I’m thinking I might follow this tutorial on my next go (which, erm, should be happening right now).