when i first picked up this "hobby" that has since become an overwhelming
obsession passion, i was lucky enough to be surrounded by every manner of estate sale. back in the day, LA was chock full of 'em, and they had yet to be taken over by specialty companies that did their market research and jacked the prices up. and no one knew what they had. including me. i was lucky enough to snag both of these claire shaeffer titles for about 2 bucks, and when we jumped back across the country (neverending, these jumps across the country) I LEFT THEM IN STORAGE. during those three years apart, my knowledge increased and so did my regret. she's basically a guru.
i left a guru in a public storage facility by the airport.
we were reunited the very week we landed back on LA soil, and i've been using these tomes non stop. especially now that i've developed champagne tastes. every evening in june, you could find me with a manhattan and post it tabs, poring over taffeta and italian brocade. currently, i'm researching silk. OH MY GOD I LOVE SILK. the one i'm fondling at the moment is a thicker silk, like meringue right before you beat the egg whites to stiff peaks. of course ms shaeffer has several tons of valuable information on the subject, and i had to share one of her hints with you. i love her hints, but this about knocked me off my chair:
CLAIRE SHAEFFER AIN'T NO LADY.
i didn't think i could love her more, but now i do. anyone know if the new & improved reprints have this tidbit? either way, her entire library is on my christmas list.