A few weeks ago, I visited Elliott Berman Textiles at 225 West 35th St 7th Floor. The lovely Eugemia was on hand to help me select a fabric for a shirt. The store is beautifully organized and the proprietor is a master of offering fine fabrics at very reasonable prices. It's best to avoid shopping for a fabric by the name of the designer. Just go with what you see as a beautiful work of art to the touch and visual impact. I picked out a most amazing roll of fabric that Eugenmia told me had come from France. It was plaid on one side and chex on the other.
Tonight I started cutting the fabric to make a shirt and noticed the fabric was separating at the edges. Amazingly, it is actually two ultra thin sheets intricately woven together.
Status on the skirt.. I made a muslin and it fit my lady friend well enough to make it again out of fashion fabric. Matching a print between the yoke and the large skirt panels would have driven me crazy, so I found some solid colors drawn from the print's flowers.
And a little news.. I bought a Juki TL2010Q sewing machine It's designed primarily for quilting, but I wanted a beautiful straight stitch like the vintage Singers can deliver so after a long search this one seems the best pick. Tomorrow I'm setting it up and will sew most of the plaid/chex shirt on it.