I didn't visit any fabric/sewing stores. I did, though, pop into a magazine shop (whose name I don't recall) that I happened to walk by on West 4th in Kitsilano to check out their sewing magazine selection. I saw both September and October BWOFs available, but no other European pattern magazines, like Marfy, Patrones, etc.
I've noticed other bloggers have started thinking about holiday dresses. Me too! Specifically a dress for New Years Eve. I'm leaning towards doing a 1930s or 1940's style gown.
Butterick just reissued a style that I'm really digging, B5136. I'm not sure about the backwards shrug, but I love the one-shoulder dress, and it's supposed to be easy to sew, which is what I want if I'm going to be dealing with slippery fabric like charmeuse.
This pattern is available at the Vintage Pattern Lending Library, it's T1602, 1930 evening gown with back bands. I like the look of the two bands in the back, and the pointed skirt yoke in back is a beautiful art deco touch. The front of the bodice is "held with clips." Anyone know what kind of clips those would be?
This 1930's pattern from Eva Dress, style 371, is drop dead gorgeous! It has an inverted pleat at the center front of the bodice, and "the low back decolletage is framed with two wing-shaped jabots." Jabots?! I've never worn jabots before! And the sheer cape.... sigh.... Unfortunately I think this would be too big of a project for me to tackle at this time. I'm envisioning at least 2 muslins and a fair amount of fussing to get the CF pleat and jabots to fall nicely.
Anyone know when the next Butterick sale will be?