Which brings me to the state of my 1947 McCall's suit - it is unfinished, but progressing slowly. When I was doing up laundry on Sunday, I spied it across the other side of the basement in the shadows taunting me and begging me to finish it. I nearly caved to its call, but reluctantly resisted. I figured it was more important to start the week off with clean skivvies, a clean house, and a refrigerator full of food. The suit is nearly finished - all the construction work is completed and the finishing work needs done (button holes, button placement, hemming). I offer pictures as proof - :)
|~The finished jacket body~|
|~The bulk of the work is done~|
|~Pleating at the shoulder needs to be stitched down~|
And, as some of you might know, tomorrow is my B-day! This past weekend I celebrated it 'sister style' with my girlfriends, Tonia and PJ. We hit the Dublin Pub for lunch and beers, ran amuck in the vintage and thrift shops, scoured the fabric stores, etc., etc. - all the leisurely browsing and shopping we love to do without the sulking presence of men and children - lol!
At Feathers Vintage Clothing in the Oregon Historical District we discovered these corsets from the 1950s (new and in their boxes), which looked more like some odd variation of a straight jacket than an undergarment. PJ and I fussed around with several of them for quite some time trying to figure out how they worked and in which direction they fit. There were no pictures on the boxes to give us a clue and no instruction leaflets. Included where 2-1" wide, removable metal bones that were 'S' curved like the shape of someone's back - could these be orthopedic corsets, meant to correct or support the posture? (Note: the two boning channels are where PJ's lower hand is in the first picture; this seems to be the back of the corset, however, the odd placement of what appears to be the only boob gusset and the only hip gusset confuse me - what do you think?)
And while there, Tonia discovered Johnny Depp's Dark Shadows portrait:
At BRIM, PJ bought herself a beautiful black wool felt cloche and Tonia bought herself a jazzy little plum wool cap, and I didn't get a picture of either ("Curses!"). But of course, I have a picture of me modeling a red boater that I didn't purchase - lol.
The day wasn't without its lessons. We learned a lot about the owner of this Buick Rendezvous, including the intriguing fact that she thinks "Dayton's alright', and that her SUV has depreciated about 5% per bumper sticker - :)
And that this SUV owner might want to talk to somebody...(lol!)
And the fun continued! The girls treated me to goodies from Teavana, yogurt covered raisins and pretzels, a sinful assortment of chocolate truffles, and a raspberry-chocolate birthday cake for one. What a wonderful day with wonderful friends! What girl could wish for more?
Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me...
Blessings and happy sewing!