Friday, August 21, 2009

I Found My Mojo

Now will somebody tell me what the heck it was doing in New York?

I took a mental health day yesterday and went up for a little shopping and to meet up with Elizabeth from Sew a Beginner. I had a very specific list, and I actually stuck to it, with the exception of one piece of fabric.

My list:

black denim
black topstitching thread
black jeans zipper
5 square white buttons to restock the shirt stash
replacement wool for Mario's jacket
interfacing for Mario's jacket
a dress knit from Kashi
something for a fall jacket for me

and what I actually bought:

black denim
black topstitching thread
black jeans zipper
5 square white buttons to restock the shirt stash
replacement wool for Mario's jacket
interfacing for Mario's jacket
a dress knit from Kashi
something for a fall jacket for me
and a black/white wool suiting - my only unplanned purchase.

Here's the goods: Paron's is having a remnant sale in the annex, and I got this gorgeous mini houndstooth for the replacement jacket. It was only $5 per yard, and it's wool. It was also a 3 yard remnant, and they're selling all the short remnants for that price. The bittersweet orange is a textured rayon/viscose, also from Paron's, also from the annex. It's yummy. The pixillated floral is from Kashi. Not sure what it is with me and turquoise lately, but it works with my greens and browns, and it's alarming-in-a-good-way with orange. And the black/white suiting, which looks more interesting in person.

I didn't photograph the black denim because it's black denim. Very black. Inky, totally black. With black topstitching. Obviously, I want a pair of black jeans, and I haven't been able to find any in the stores that aren't grayish-black, or black with colored topstitching, or so low rise that I'd start an incident. So I'll maketjem. The Ottobre jean pattern is good, and now I have all the supplies I need. The denim came from Mood - not my favorite store, but while everyone sells denim, they have a whole wall of it. This is black on both sides, really a nice heavy weight. Just what I wanted. Mood may be expensive, and definitely not for random shopping, but if you're on a mission for something specific, they have it.

Another reason I'm feeling the urge to sew: I'm assuming you were all sitting tight with me in front of the TV last night - Project Runway is back. Bravo's replacement show was all right, but I never felt compelled to watch reruns. Runway, on the other hand, always gets my creative juices flowing even when they don't show enough sewing to satisfy me. And, Tim Gunn . . . I missed you. A lot.

So my mojo has come home, a little worn out from its travels, but it's stuck in a drawer in the workroom like Peter Pan's shadow, and I'm not letting it get away again any time soon. I'll stitch it back on tonight, just as soon as I get off the computer.

Parting shots: random Friday. Neighborhood scarecrow and a summer storm coming in over City Hall. It was an odd day.

8 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

A little purchasing always makes mine show back up too! ;)

Connie Bontje said...

Well even mojo needs a holiday I suppose! Some great purchases there Karen.

Sewfast said...

Glad the mojo has returned...my mojo never left...I just haven't had time to indulge it!

Cisa said...

Don't forget your bar of soap. That always help with shadow/mojo reattachment :)

Little Hunting Creek said...

Glad you found your mojo - maybe I need to go to New York to find mine! New fabric always cheers me up :)

Nancy K said...

The heat and humidity took my mojo for the moment. Hard to sew with no ac in the studio. Planning counts as sewing too, doesn't it? I am tempted by that sale at Paron Annex.

meredithp said...

I enjoyed PR Episode 1 very much. So much talent there, compared to the very sad "Fashion Show" (Bravo replacement--don't think we'll see a Season 2). And Oh...Tim Gunn. How I missed him. I have a bobblehead (autographed!) that I need to display in the sewing room. Maybe that will help with MY mojo.

Kat said...

Oh my gosh! That black houndstooth is to die for!!!