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Sunday, April 28, 2013

PR Wknd Shopping Aftermath + Jumping on the Bandwagon.....

The Me-Made-May bandwagon, that is.    And dang if it isn't getting crowded!!!  313 participants on Zoe's site as of this writing!   I've not done this before, but I'm pretty sure that I  have enough me-made items in my closet to make it through the month, so here's my promise:

I, Jilly of jillybejoyful, sign up as a particpant in Me-Made-May '13.  I endeavor to wear at least one handmade item at all times, all day each day for the duration of May 2013.   There WILL be repeats, and I highly doubt that I'll manage a picture every single day, but you'll have to trust me when I say I did it.  (I'm inherently honest, really!)  I know I won't be posting a pic every day, but I'll do my best at a weekly update.

Thanks, Zoe, for starting this inspirational challenge and for keeping it going!   I couldn't imagine that I'd ever participate when I first heard about it a couple of years ago, but now that my me-made wardrobe has grown, I think it will only take a bit of conscious awareness for me to make sure I make it through the month successfully :)   And hopefully point to any holes I have in my wardrobe, and set to work filling them in :)

Now then, about that shopping....

I thought I didn't buy much at all (and compared to many, I'm sure I didn't!), but when I gathered everything together I realized that I have a rather happy little haul...

Britex offered a free tote bag to all of the PR participants who visited the store.   Not only did I visit, but I actually BOUGHT something!   Just a touch of ribbon...only to find out that nothing on the notions floor was included in the 10% discount they were offering us.   Ah well, I like the ribbon :).   I also got some of the fusible cotton Japanese trim from Sandra (people rave about this!) in black and in white.  And some horsehair canvas (for bags) and a copper remnant (for bustles) from Stonemountain.

More Stonemountain Remnants - a particularly yummy thin wool, and a lovely cotton, both with unknown destinations:

The black wool gauze that had me rushing to Stonemountain first thing in the morning (yep, we cleaned them out of this one)  Even the selvedge is lovely :)

And then, since I had to go to Marin to pick up something from my Vet, who just happens to be right across the street from Dharma Trading, I popped in to get a set of the Colorhue dyes used in the Wabi-Sabi technique I recently blogged about.   And a bag of silk remnants - they bag up their remnants and sell them at 1/3 off - a great deal for projects like this!   My bag contained various weights of charmeuse, habotai, gauze, chiffon, flat crepe - I'm itching to do some more dyeing & weaving!


I actually tried and failed to spend a little more $$ - I finally got in to the Vogue website last night and put 2 patterns in my cart, but it was still running so slowly I wanted to wait until this morning to figure out a third (3 is the magic number - 4 bumps you into the next shipping charge).  By today everything I wanted was sold out.   Sold out!?  I guess that's what happens when they put the brand new releases on sale the day they're released.  Ah well, I can be patient until the next sale rolls around.   I really wanted to make up Sandra's new pants though!  They have just the sort of shape that I like, a unique way of puddling at the ankles, no elastic at the waistband, and they're one-seam pants that fit well.   Must get!

I wave goodbye to all of the PR attendees who are taking off - do come back, and next time, I hope to spend a little more time with some of you!

**UPDATE**  Before I knew that everyone was having trouble getting in to the Vogue site, I  emailed a report to them stating the troubles I was having, and said that I hoped the problems would get resolved before the sale ended.   I just got an email back from them apologizing for the difficulties, and they told me they would honor the sale price for me.

Sometimes it pays to speak up :)

19 comments:

  1. Sounds like a lovely PR weekend in SF! So fun to spend time with people who understand what you're on about, isn't it? And I love the way you just HAD to stop into Dharma! Last time I was there, I had to drive about 1000 miles south first. I also hit Lacis which is a fabulous treasure trove. Next time I'll try for Stonemountain too. Thanks for the good review.

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    1. I'm actually happy when I have to visit the Vet lol! If I actually have a cat with me, I feel guilty about thinking of Dharma, so it's nice if I'm just picking something up there. 1000 miles....I will never complain about the bridge toll again lol :D

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  2. So what will you make with the wool gauze? I have some but it has a print and I'm at a loss about how to use it.

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    1. I'm thinking I'll make a light weight summer jacket - perhaps even another of Marcy's V8088, except that it might be too similar to the vintage kimono version I made. And I have enough to use as piece work in other tops as well. I think it will be one of those fabrics that will jump out as a perfect "aha!" when I'm working on something else entirely and need a little something to mix it up. Sleeves? An underlay or overlay at a hemline? Possibilities..... :)

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    2. Thanks! I will keep these things in mind.

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  3. LOL. When I was at Dharma on Thursday with Claudine, I too, bought the Colorhue dyes and the bag of silk scraps. Not sure how soon I'll get to this, though.

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    1. You were the one who gave me the idea for the bag of remnants in the first place! Seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes you need a good enabler type friend to point out the obvious :D

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  4. Can't wait to see your version of the pants! Heather

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    1. I can't wait to actually get the pattern lol!

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  5. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time, and am completely jealous that you got to hang out with all those sewing ladies!!! How I wish I could join you all! Thanks so much for your gorgeous comment Jilly; you say the nicest things that brighten my day :)

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    1. The only thing in the sewing world better than Hanging out with other sewists is actually SEWING with other sewists! ;D

      I'm delighted that my comments can brighten your day - it's just a reflection back to you :)

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  6. So envious of your PR weekend. I wanted to be there. About the new Vogue patterns, they are available today. Not sold out. Pretty obvious that they didn't intend them to be sold at the sale prices.

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    1. Oh, how interesting! Either that, or they purposely put up a limited number of available ones just to see if it would create a feeding frenzy. Which it obviously did!

      Interesting to see if they'll do it again with the next release.....

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  7. The cynical side of me says that Vouge extended the sale, but did not make the new releases available...the new ones I wanted were sold out Saturday...and yes the site was painfully slow. ~Teri

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    1. Teri I just posted an update - I squeaked, and it looks like they're going to honor my squeakiness :)

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  8. Glad you were able to meet some new people at the retreat. I decided to wait and come out another time when I can have you and Shams (and maybe some others) to myself!

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    1. Perfect! That's what I would rather do with you too :)

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  9. Nice haul Jillian! I love the copper color of the remnant. Agree with you about Sandra's new pants pattern-I cannot wait to try it. I think the shape will be flattering. I also like the little top with the subtle flair.

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  10. Of course there was a run on the wool gauze! Darn it -- missed my opportunity! Thank you for letting me know about the bearded iris -- they are blooming like crazy right now!

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