Friday, July 17, 2015

Sundress and NY fabric.

On another trip to the sunday markets, a few weeks ago, this time at the small town of Espiche, I found these lovely fabrics. The first came with a paper taped to it with very specific instructions as what it should be used for, pattern number and everything, VOGUE 8947 to be specific, sundress + jacket etc. I thought this was really quite cool and got straight on the job of finding the pattern, which was really quite easy. So the next step, and what really made sense, was to buy the pattern, which arrived a few days ago, and make the dress, to finally give this bit of fabric the end for which it was purchased and planned for back in 1974. The pattern size is just a little too small for me so I´ll have to make some alterations for which I´ll require the assistance of my aunty Catarina, who is an expert in these matters. I can´t wait to make this dress. The jacket I´ll manage quite well without.

Cute puppy alert!
Mr. Louro looking very handsome.

On the same pile of fabrics was also a length of cotton satin purchased from McCutcheon´s of Fifth Avenue, New York. Wow. I imagine this is as close as I´ll get to New York for now. This Department store opened at this location in 1925. I found a McCutcheon´s postcard for sale. On the back of the postcard it reads "McCutcheon´s founded in 1855, is known for its adherence to quality and for exceptional values in its fine Linens, its wonderful Fabrics, Home Furnishings, Ready-to-Wear, Accessories, Handkerchiefs, and Gifts. You are cordially invited to visit our store when you come to the New York World´s Fair. The Answer Shop will solve your gift problems with ease and originality." There were 2 World Fairs in NY, one in 1939 and another in 1964. I am not sure which one the postcard refers to, but if I had to guess by looking all those gangster cars it is most likely from 1939. Nor am I sure when this fabric is from, but I like this story anyway.

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