i seriously hope i am about to blow your minds. i don't know that anyone but fellow sewasuarus rexi will understand the enormity of this find. and believe me, i've tested this story on the common man. THE COMMON MAN DOES NOT GET IT.
on our second to last day in seattle, i found myself with a free hour. ninety percent of the time, sixty minutes to spare equals fabric shopping. i'd already tromped through the one enticing fabric store in town (more on that later), so i decided to search out a thrift store that cindy of cation designs offered up in an email exchange.
cindy, i owe you big time.
i had spent the better part of my free hour in an overpriced antiques market on stewart. my second stop, yesterdaze in pike place market, had disappeared, and i stumbled upon a small, semi dismal thrifty joint by accident. i don't remember if it even had a sign out front, but it was around shop number 315. (that's the third floor of the market, though it seems you're in the basement.) i made a beeline for the sewing section in the back, which consisted of several small shelves that i combed through like a CSI agent. there had to be gold here. HAD TO BE. i would not leave seattle without a vintage prize!
sadly, the patterns didn't compare to my stash at home. the vintage curtains would take up valuable packing space. and god knows i'm not in need of bra hooks.
but wait...carefully folded, tied up in green yarn...a lace bundle...with a mysteriously note in cursive..."cut pattern! do not unwrap!"
this order, of course, was not meant for me.
i marched up to the gentleman behind the counter and announced that we would indeed be tearing into this bundle. i am a professional, i assured him. as long as you know how to put it back together, he replied with some trepidation. and then....
you see before you eleven finished pattern pieces. vintage lace. fully underlined. just waiting to be sewn up.
oh HAI adorable sleeves. in the store, all i got to was the back bodice and the front skirt panel before i knew: for eight bucks, i was IN. later on, during a quick break at work, i unfurled my purchase. a pick me up, if you will.
that's the inside of the front bodice. that's hair canvas interfacing, and crazy heavy satin tape reinforcement.
OH I'M SORRY IT HAS FULLY FINISHED YOKE POCKETS JUST WAITING TO BE INSERTED.
i feel i've used my caps locks ration up for this post, but THIS NECKLINE IS KILLING ME!!!! i squealed in delight, instantly ducking my head out from my hidey hole to see if any co-workers noticed. they didn't. so i squealed louder and got their attention. sadly, as referenced in the first paragraph, the common dinosaur does not get it.
but you do, don't you? have you ever run across this sort of thrifting score? yes, you'll find plenty of handmade dresses already done up and needing mending love... but a puzzle, waiting patiently to be put together? for years? those treasures go in the bin before ever making it to the shelves! how many hands has this dress passed through? was it made, and then taken apart? there are stitching holes on unpicked darts, the hem and sleeve edges are already finished, perhaps pointing to a refashion (egads, could it be a muslin?) but the bottom pocket edges are open. yet, the armhole edges are yellowed! help me nancy drewasaurus rex!
whatever its history, i'm giddy with excitement. we arrived back home in NY in the wee hours of the morning. am i unpacking the six suitcases? no. did i carefully iron all eleven pieces of my prize so that i could show you immediately? yes. now: anyone out there recognize that neckline from a pattern? that would be KILLER.
(don't forget to enter my craftsy course giveaway for a prize of your own, it endeth tomorrow at noon EST!)