I'm still somewhat surprised that it's finished, that it turned out this well, that I wore it to work today and it stayed together and kept me warm. Why do we doubt that (even not at our best) we can still make things that are comparable, if not better, than RTW?
I had a lot of time on my hands last week to finish up the coat, and I did, all except for the buttonholes, which were dealt with yesterday. Thanks and kudos and all things good to LindsayT for her recommendation of Jonathan's Embroidery on 38th Street in NYC. I had a vacation day yesterday and we got up early and took the bus to NY and I ventured out into the cold and windy streets, clutching my coat closed with one hand. There was a short line at Jonathan's (5 women, all holding some wooly/velvet/brocade garment to their chests). I was the only one there actually wearing the garment intended to be buttonholed. I soon found out why.
Because they're busy, they make buttonholes. That's all. They don't actually open the buttonholes for you. Oops. Still, I happily paid my $5 for my 5 buttonholes and skipped off to Pacific Trims, still clutching my coat, where I bought notions for an upcoming project and a $1 seam ripper to tidy up my flying threads and actually open the buttonholes.
Speaking of New York, I did more than just have buttonholes made. Big surprise there, right? When I was dropped off at Jonathan's, we agreed to meet up at 1:00 p.m. to go to lunch. That left me almost 2 hours once the buttonholes were done. Yes, I'd like to linger and browse, but what one of us couldn't do a respectable amount of damage when turned loose in the garment district for just under 2 hours? I'm proud of what I accomplished in a short period.
First, even before Pacific Trims, I ducked into Mood. When I was up last month with Connie, Kisha, Lee and LindsayT, I spent some time looking at leather with Connie. I hadn't planned another leather jacket anytime soon, but there were some skins that really appealed to me and they were waiting when I went back yesterday. Mood's prices for leather are actually comparable to the "real" leather stores, so I didn't feel bad.
Next to Pacific, for a 22" zipper for the leather (yes, I have a pattern all picked out), and some square snaps. And that oh-so-necessary seam ripper.
Then back around to 37th Street to visit Kashi and thank him for opening for us last month. And to purchase a few yards of tan doubleknit, some really nice dark floral knit for a dress, a few yards of olive green slightly stretchy linen, and an absolutely beautiful black diamond-patterned wool for a Chanel-ish jacket.
Is Chanel jacket the newest disease? It's as contagious as one, let me tell you. I can see more buttonholes in my future . . .
Last stop, Paron's. I didn't really plan to go there, having already thrown money at Kashi and Mood, but it was right next to the comic book store where I was supposed to meet someone at 1:00 p.m., and it was only 12:30, so what could I do? I was good: I bought 2 yards of a gauzy cotton print for summer, and two yards of a black/brown/gold speckly silk for lining for that Kashi Chanel jacket. If I'd had more time - both for shopping and thinking - I would have run back to Pacific again for buttons and trims.
But I'll get up there again before spring. We took the Bolt bus yesterday, which came in at $18 round trip, and while there is traffic to deal with, in some respects it's better than the train - no change in Trenton, no chasing your departing train down the platform and having to wait . . . but then again there were the 20-somethings in the row behind us who, instead of actually having conversations, sat there in a row with their laptops and read each other's Facebook pages. One of them actually texted the one at the other end of the row.
I must be old.