It used to be that we would flip through magazines for our seasonal fashion inspiration.
Vogue and Bazaar September issues would come out just in time for Labor Day weekend, and we would page wistfully through the winter clothes as the summer's waves crashed to an end.
Now we have everything at our fingertips, so why not made use of the information and inspiration!
Our blogger below has her mind set on an outfit by Etro as her inspiration.
Where do you get your inspiration? How do you keep your pictures?
We have these companion wools from a noted designer house. After some contemplation (and if we have any left by the time our orders are filled) I decided to use the heavier tweed just as a trim. I'm a big fan of Lagerfeld and I think he would have used these in a more innovative way than just "plaid skirt, boucle 'iconic French jacket' ".
I have a favorite "jeans jacket" pattern that I have fiddled with for a perfect fit, and I think this will be just the new variation I need! Buttons later!
The color BLUE for you at 50% off through 9/30/19.
Wrap up National Sewing Month with a blue binge!
Use the code NSM50 for 50% off our blue fabrics,
including beautiful silk chiffons, a modal knit, woolens, and more!
More about the color blue here.
This is our store cat, Suki. She is in charge of patrolling the perimeter of the warehouse.
She is a rescue, and she's actually 11 years old!
She doesn't sit on the fabric, is not even interested in fabric, but she patrols and peers into corners where occasional "outsiders" might stray. She is good at her job!
Sometimes she sits on the shipping table, because that's where the action is and she doesn't like to miss out.
(Of course when I tried to get a picture she would not cooperate).
Store cats and warehouse cats have always been a thing, especially in cities.
See this article about the "Beloved store cats of San Francisco."
Use code "NSM50" for 50% off selected groupings throughout the month of September, National Sewing Month!
If you follow us on Facebook you have probably noticed that we are rotating the color groups on sale this month. Currently we have "reds" and "purples" on sale.
This is partly because we are re-aligning our website to enable our customers to order in fractions for most fabrics.
Meanwhile we are expecting new arrivals for the fall and winter seasons. European fabrics typically arrive later than domestic ones, much closer to the season for which they are targeted.
Look for more specials and sales as the season progresses, but in the meantime, enjoy our "Color Sales."
Most of our mother of pearl buttons come from Italy, Portugal, and Japan.
But at one time, a town in Iowa was the pearl button capital of the world!
From Atlas Obscura:
"Muscatine’s pearl button industry hit its peak between 1908 and the ’20s, when factories in the Iowa town produced 1.5 billion buttons, or one-third of the world’s pearl button supply. These buttons were worth $3.3 million, according to the 1910 edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica. But few of us who grew up along the Mississippi, who’ve held those milkweed-grey shells with holes in them, have actually held pearl buttons or heard a cohesive origin story about the industry. To get the definitive history I went to Terry Eagle, the Director of The National Pearl Button Museum at The History and Industry Center, in Muscatine. “The story of the pearl button is a national growth story, a national treasure story, and an environmental lesson,” Eagle says. “And if you don’t believe me now, I’ll prove it to you.”"
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