Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I won!

Thanks Threads magazine!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Only one pattern

Since I have a substantial stash of fabric, I've curtailed my fabric shopping by quite a bit in the last few years; however, patterns take up less space and who can resist a $1 or $2 pattern sale? But now my pattern stash is getting a bit out of hand and I can't justify buying more patterns and continue to acquire foreign pattern magazines, so I've cut back on the pattern sales.

Saturday I stopped by Hancock Fabrics to pick up some thread and was drawn like a moth to a light to the pattern table where Buttericks were $1.99 and Simplicity patterns were a buck each. But not much impressed me - or I finally found some will power. However, Butterick 5493 looked a lot like the simple tops I see at the store but don't want to pay a lot of money for. I think any one of these would be suitable for work, worn under a jacket or light sweater. Plus they have bust darts!

Monday, April 04, 2011

Berg Fashion Library

This morning I heard a piece on NPR about the New York Public Library opening up access to a digital library of fashion images for its library card holders. The collection is called the "Berg Fashion Library" and it's available by subscription ($295)...or if you're lucky enough to have access to a library or institution that has a subscription.

It looks to me like I'm out of luck obtaining a New York Public Library card because according to their website,  "an applicant must show proof that he/she lives, works, attends school, or pays property taxes in New York State." Out of state or international visitors can obtain a temporary card, but it's only good on-site.

There are universities that have purchased subscriptions, so lucky for you if you have access via that route. My university days are over so I don't have that option. It looks like a really neat database - there is a trial 30-day free look, but I think I'll stick with free options to view fashion photos for now.