The inspiration for this blog: 5th Avenue in New York.
When I initially started sewing, I would go shopping, pick up a Prada, and say, “Why buy it? I can make that.” With the skills I had, um, not so much. But more and more I’ve seen things in the windows that not only look do-able, but I realize I have actually seen patterns for! And I don’t mean Armani put out a pattern for their coat. I mean it looks like the designers took a pattern off the web, made it in silk, and stuck a $4,000 price tag on it.
I wish I had gotten a photo, but the most classic example I can think of is the Coffee Date Dress. Right there in the window of Saks last year. I’m quite sure the Selfish Seamstress didn’t make the dress & sell it to Saks (I’ve read her blog…I don’t think that’s her gig). But there is was. And as it turns out I could get the pattern online for FREE! So all it’ll cost me is 2-3 yards of fabric, some thread and a couple of hours. Luckily, I’m the kind of girl who had a couple of spare hours handy. I’ve yet to make the pattern, but knowing I could make something a professional loved too = awesome.