Home sweet home + goals

After six and a half weeks of non-stop traveling, I'm finally HOME! I tried to make a little visual reference of some of the places I've been this summer - Paris, Rome, Sienna, Milano, Brescia, Verona, Zurich, Geneve, Bern, Basel, Neuss, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Offenberg, Cologne - just to name a few. Needless to say, I've had an amazing time. I'm also incredibly tired and have a hundred ideas - I'm so ready to sew!

I have a few UFOs to finish and I think I'd like to make 3 versions of the McCall's 5853 tank for PatternReview's 1 pattern, many looks contest. I also have a fabulous vintage pillowcase from a thrift store in Zurich that is begging to be a swishy new skirt. And then there is my coat for the Trench Coat Sew-Along, which needs to be muslined. And the gorgeous vintage McCall's pattern for a halter top came from Ebay...

More soon, stay tuned!


Things that make me smile

1. Movenpick ice cream

2. Cute china bits from antique stores (especially at 3 francs for 2 little espresso sets)

3. Angie's Perfect Piping Tutorial

4. Metal buttons on wool coats

5. Sweetheart neck lines (Modcloth)

6. Thrifted fabric

7. "Catch me in your net" Nail Polish by O.P.I., which I've been wearing for weeks and just saw in this month's Nylon magazine

8. Piping, which I'm now obsessed with (see #3) (ModCloth)

9. St. Gallen Bratwurst

10. The tippy top of a ferris wheel


Fabric Shopping - Stofftrucke, Zurich

Stofftrucke is located in the center of Zurich, near the main financial district. They offer fabrics for home decor, upholstery, apparel, and crafting. I knew that fabric in Europe tended to be more expensive, but this was excessive. 

The silks from the first photo are gorgeous, no? Chiffon, dupioni, crepe, options with sequins and embroidery, oh my! But heres the thing; I'd be more than willing to pay good money for a 100% silk fabric that I love. But 100% silk was sparse - almost everything I saw was more than half synthetic. 35 Francs per meter for a poly chiffon is just not happening. 

The cotton prints were light and lovely, with a definant vintage vibe. These were 100% cotton and almost reasonably priced, running between 12-22 francs per meter. (*the Swiss Franc is equal to about $0.90 US)

They had a small knit section, but they were all great prints and colors. The poly problem came up again here though - most were completely synthetic and way overpriced. The black and white striped jersey above is a poly/lycra blend at 19 francs per meter. 

Cotton blends - pretty, but nothing I couldn't live without. Especially considering that I could get Liberty of London prints for about the same price.

With my upcoming coat project in mind, I shopped through wools and coating fabrics with vigor. When I saw this Boucle, my first thought was "Ohh! A classic black charcoal - how fabulous would that be with gold buttons and a leopard lining." Fiber content: 40% Vicrose, 40% polyester, 20% wool. 42 francs per meter. 

Needless to say, that cut didn't come home with me. 

I should be in Paris on Monday, and will absolutely do some fabric shopping there. Heck, I'll be lucky if I have time to do much else :) Wish me luck!

Zurich Street Fashion

There are some very distinct trends floating around Switzerland. Zurich is all about the sloppy trouser - not necessarily a harem pant. The look is low-slung, pleat-front, baggy and tapered. 

Surprisingly wearable, right? I wonder if this style pant would still flatter a woman with more curves, though.