Transitional Things

A few things for when the weather is not really cold and not really warm. We have a lot of stuff like that here in New Mexico—which, by the way, is not really new and not really Mexico. (One of the nice things about online ordering is that it is no longer necessary to explain to the person taking the phone order that s/he should not charge international postage, because New Mexico is indeed in the United States. It’s that big square between Texas and Arizona, and it has zip codes and everything. But I digress.)

The vest is the Sewing Workshop E-Vest that I whipped out yesterday, and it’s done in a tonal knit—cotton/rayon, or cotton/bamboo—from Marcy Tilton’s website. It is quite lightweight, but it does have a luscious, plush surface, and it’s one of the weirdest fabrics that it has ever been my pleasure to work with. Stitches disappear in it. The first step was to reinforce some areas with stay-stitching, and I thought something was wrong with my machine. So it was not the best choice for a pattern full of instructions like “sew until one stitch short of the dot” or “sew on previous line of stitching.” But if I messed up, neither I nor Mildred can tell, and you probably can’t, either.

The tunic is Hudson, also from Sewing Workshop, and my third iteration of this pattern. The fabric is from the late, great Santa Fe Fabrics, and is a digitally-printed poly microfiber. I’m not usually a poly fan, but I HAD to have this print, and it will be a welcome addition to my mostly-black, ultra-packable travel wardrobe. Mildred isn’t wild about the fabric, either, and would have preferred to wear the vest over her bare skin. (She is a bit of an exhibitionist.)

I am a YUUUUGE fan of digital prints—and they aren’t just for polyester any more. Marcy Tilton has some gorgeous digitally-printed linens. I had almost given up prints altogether after the recession. With manufacturers cutting their costs left and right, it seemed that everything was being printed in two or three colors, with rather garish and unsophisticated results. It’s good to see complexity and depth again.

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