Choosing Skirt fabric… 3

Pendleton Flannel

Now, about the fabric…Pendleton Woolen Mills is celebrating a centennial, too! Pendleton Wool milled in Washougal, WAAlong with L.L.Bean, they pointed out. 😉 Their Washougal Outlet store had beautiful seconds on fabric, plaids, tropical weight solids, coatings.


So, Road Trip!!

They don’t swatch. They will mail though.
I got 3 pieces of tropical weight wool, perfect for a suit, this skirt, a pattern we haven’t seen yet?

They ran $3.99 a yard, 58″ width, two with a teensy bit of Lycra. I splurged and got plenty since I didn’t have any patterns yet. Flaws I could see looked like a minor pucker -no, really more like a whimper- in the selvedge, which I wouldn’t be using anyway. Another had a tiny crease a couple of inches up from one edge, running the length of the piece. I’ll cut around it.

What I got in Washougal...

  These three pieces are all light-weight. You can see the pucker the clerk mentioned by their tape on the selvedge on the left. It looks like a sharkskin, begs for some
Mad Men styling. The middle piece has a sophisticated gabardine weave, looks more Navy. The red to the right actually looks more maroon and is calmer than it seems here.

There was a plaid on the shelf that looked like it needs to be made into the suit that Toby, a pattern wizard is transcribing from the photo I posted earlier. This cost more. I’ll cross my fingers that something like it will be on the shelf if I need it.


Was this a double irregular plaid? maybe...

Okay, fellow sewers, anybody still doing Heirloom sewing? I am counting on getting a pretty shirtwaist pattern with insertions. Where do you get lace? I want some nice insertion lace. One of my 1912 Group recommended Pacific Fabrics in Bellevue, WA. Not what I wanted, but very helpful, suggested I look for…

Capitol Imports at the 2012 Sewing Expo in Puyallup, WA, March 1-4.
I may have to- Capitol is Wholesale Only. rats.

Next, on to the pattern!

New books! Reply

These are so much FUN! My bookshelf had a void, now glowing with these:

  • The Edwardian Modiste, Frances Grimble. 85 Authentic Patterns with Instructions, Fashion Plates, and Period Sewing Techniques.
  • 1920’s Fashions from B. Altman & Company. Dover Publications.
  • Everyday Fashions 1909-1920, As Pictured in Sears Catalogs, Edited by JoAnne Olian. Dover Publications.
  • Everyday Fashions of the Twenties, As Pictured in Sears and Other Catalogs, Edited by Stella Blum.

I LOVE the “house dresses” and have all my fingers crossed that I get some patterns for these! They have really clever cutting lines, are practical and even flattering! The size proportions from the Modiste are a Stitch! Bust 32″, waist 22″, hip 39 1/2″. The idealized 40″ bust figure would fill out with a 30″ waist AND 57″ hip. Okay, I know they wore corsets, but what a change from today!

Those fitting rulers in the Modiste are a mystery! It’ll take some brain-bending (or at least reading the book) to figure those out…

Still waiting to receive my first patterns from the Vintage Pattern Lending Library 1912 Titanic Sewing Project…;-)