The other day I had coffee with Alicia. We've been getting together about once a week for the last few months, for knitting and conversation. We were even lucky enough to find a small coffee shop halfway between our houses that is nice and quiet, so we can talk without screaming at each other!
Well, this week, Alicia surprised me with a very lovely and unexpected gift.
Gah! A vintage pattern and two pieces of fabric! Take a closer look at this pattern:
Isn't this top adorable? I'm hoping you can see that on the back of the envelope, at the bottom, someone has written "1954" - so cool! Alicia said she checked to make sure all the pieces are there, and they are - they haven't even been cut out! I'm definitely planning on making this one up. It's one size larger than me, so it will be good practice for me with grading a pattern down - something I've been wanting to try out for a while. However: I WILL measure the pattern pieces first to see what kind of ease there is!
She also gave me two lovely pieces of fabric:
This one is a polyester, but it is actual vintage fabric. This will make such a cute little top for spring, don't you think? Perhaps even in the pattern above!
And this one is siiiiiiiilk. Mmmmmmm! She bought this in the garment district in NYC! So cool! She said there's quite a bit of yardage - about 2.5. Sadly, I wasn't able to capture its true color - it's more of a wine red. Really beautiful. I've been musing about making this into another Pattern Runway Pussy Bow Blouse, because I'd been thinking I wanted to make a solid-colored silk one.
What makes these gifts even more special to me is that they all came from Alicia's personal stash. I don't know about you guys, but I have a hard time giving away the stuff I've bought for myself! Yes, I'm a little ashamed of that!
I'm so glad the world didn't end today. I have a lot of sewing to do!