As I mentioned earlier today, we went out of town last weekend to our favorite NM B&B. The place as I’ve said before (don’t want to be preachy) is an excellent example of low tech sustainable architecture. I recommend selecting a room in advance if you can. If you’re partial to cats, I recommend room 3. It comes with a large vine covered balcony which is inhabited by a kitty named Tigger who I photographed last year. Tigger is very charming, she leaves “gifts”. Saturday morning it was along the lines of What Jeff Killed but not nearly so graphic since she ate most of it. Sunday morning it was breakfast in bed. Yes, she brought us a waffle. How’s that for service?
Saturday we drove 50 miles to the comparatively bustling urban center -Silver City. Silver is really coming along these days. We window shopped and even bought a few things. There were some great thrift stores. Some things I just had to buy to show you. First up is this man’s western styled suit, likely from the 70’s.
I just love that side panel, it’s pieced. To be sure three of those lines of stitching are pin tucks but one is an actual seam. How come nobody makes anything like this anymore? That by the way, sets the tone for the rest of this piece, namely whining. I actually know how to produce effects like this but does anybody need it anymore? No, they do not. This cost $2 for the three piece suit.
This next piece is a quilt. It’s small. Too large to be a place mat, too small for a baby. It’s baby changing pad sized. I don’t know why I like it, do you know why I would? It’s not even my colors.
I think it has something to do with the shapes of those cut pieces. Normally I like everything orderly, this wasn’t. Below I outlined all of the seams. This was the most expensive piece I bought, $18.
This next piece isn’t vintage (Jones New York) although the workmanship in it is rapidly becoming so. It is definitely not my color. Here it looks taupe or beige, the camera is kind. In real life it’s washed out baby puke yellow. Here’s the neckline (below). Now tell me, do you see a seam along the outside edge of the neckline? No, you do not nor should you. Okay, maybe the photo is too small to see so you’ll have to take my word for it.
In this next photo, I’ve showed the neckline from the inside and you can see the seam line along the outside edge. This is how to do it folks.
It’s a sleeveless style, shown is the inside lining (below). Again, few do it like this anymore. The neck and armhole seams are in one piece (take note Jonas, I’m not the only weirdo who does it like this).
The inside front facing (above) is “problematic” in two ways. One, the seam is very curvy making it harder to sew. Two, it uses a lot of fabric. I like it anyway. This is the way I do it. No mystery why I don’t get much work, eh?
The skirt closure had an interesting feature. It had a button at the back waist to fortify the invisible zipper top (below).
Yes the button does show from the outside but use a cute one. This button will be covered by the top if one wore it out. This outfit cost me $8.
Lastly, is a close up of the label:
While I’m a proponent of domestic manufacturing, it is simply untrue that products coming out of China are destined to be junk. If you get crappy quality from China, it’s because the person importing the product stipulated the quality levels they were willing to pay for. Nothing more, nothing less.
Speaking of, a bit off topic but I’ve been looking for an excuse to link to it, here’s a video that anyone who contracts with manufacturers has to go through. Customers want the best but they expect their “partners” to make up the difference. Do watch the video on client-vendor negotiations, it’s hilarious. I promise.