I was able to make this skirt on my birthday. It was rainy, so I sewed instead of going out, which was fine by me. I was smitten with the skirt Mariko made especially the pocket detail-which I looked at closely at her back-tack party. It's so flipping cute! This amazing pocket fabric is from Hillary. I have been trying to work it into something for a bit now and I think it works with the denim perfectly-in that bicentennial way. You can also see it on Hillary's amazing apron here. (I do think these were napkins, right Hillary? Or someone made them into napkins when you found them?)
There are white buttons on the pocket flaps, hard to see because of the white polka-dots. And this is that same pattern as the seersucker skirt. And yes, it does match my new shoes, I am thrilled. Now a lightweight kelly green hoodie t-shirt (sleeveless?) to go on top. Because this is exactly what I want, I won't be able to find it, that is for certain.
I just finished reading Bergdorf Blondes-complete fluff and really enjoyable. It's like reading about the moms in the Nanny Diaries before they got married and had kids. It's yikes and funny and totally insane. But it got me thinking about stuff. And wanting stuff (never a good sign) and the only item that came up in the book that I could afford (by a whole heck of a long-shot) was the mention of personal stationary, which I quickly discovered, I can't afford. I still have the personal note cards I made (gocco) with my initials from our wedding and I need to bust them out for birthday thank-yous. I know I am not alone in my love of stationary, cards, and anything mail related and full of paper-goodness (hence mailorder) and letterpress makes me all weak in the knees. . .so, either I will find a professional print job that I don't feel gross paying for, or I will gocco new ones. Can't decide which. . I have a love/hate relationship with gocco screens and xerox machines. Sometimes they love me and sometimes they both hate me at once, which equals disaster and swearing and a ruined gocco screen, which we all know now is very very bad (did someone save that company yet? or are we all still having to hoard all the supplies?)
This was all made worse when I made the mistake of buying the new Blueprint magazine, which is so bad for me because it also makes me all wanty. I hate magazines with so much stuff to buy, it's not good for me. Oh, but it does make me more crafty, right? Because I am always trying to figure out how to make all this stuff they show. Anyway, they have a beautiful spread on stationary and notecards. . .gads.
And on a completely unrelated note, I just made brownies and actually lined the pan with parchment so I could lift them out in one piece and then cut them into squares (the way these food editors actually tell you to do in the mags, but I never do) and it worked so well I am embarrassed I had rebelled from this advice for so long and just hacked away at them in the pan. If you do this, you can also cut off the "too brown" edges to make the perfect squares. It's so easy this way. I just thought I would let you all know for you parchment paper hold-outs. Try it!