I’m back! Plus, vintage fabric eye candy…

Ahh… home sweet home! I’m back after a wonderful vacation and adventure. There’s nothing like the feeling of coming home, of sleeping in your own bed again and actually being excited to get back into your routine. I’ve definitely missed sewing – it’s strange not having my creative outlet! My sewing machine’s home from its very first tune-up, probably a good thing as I’m bursting with new sewing plans and ideas!

(above: a little lobster souvenir from Union Oyster House in Boston, America’s oldest restaurant. I’m not usually a stuffed animal person but this one I like!)

I have nothing new on the sewing front (yet!) and I haven’t uploaded any vacation pictures. Actually, there’s a sad story there. Six hundred photos into our vacation, I lost ALL our photos to a ‘Card Read Error,’ completely out of nowhere. I was just flipping through the last few photos, and suddenly they were all blank, little black boxes where our photos used to be. I was pretty devastated, but tried to put it in perspective, no one got hurt and no one was seriously injured. Apparently, heat and humidity can ruin a memory card, and it was plenty hot and humid in DC, let me tell you. Avoid disappointment – back up your photos if you’re traveling!

So as it turns out, I have very few photographs from our vacation. I even lost the photos of Winmill Fabrics and Sew-fisticated in Boston. But I do have some shots of G Street Fabrics in Virginia – what a fabulous store! Trena’s directions were spot-on and totally easy to follow. Thanks to everyone who left me comments on where to fabric-shop in Boston and DC. I’ll report more on my fabric adventures shortly!

In the meantime, here’s a little vintage fabric eye candy while I get sorted:

Vintage silk – isn’t it gorgeous? I have 5 yards of this pretty little print. This was a fantastic Etsy purchase – when I received the package, the seller had included little swatches of her other two silk fabrics!

So of course I bought them, too. (The yellowy-gold one above, and the red one below.)

Pretty, pretty, pretty! These are just begging to be made up in a gorgeous 40’s style drapey dress. I think I have just the pattern, too…

I’m off to go catch up on some blog-reading, test out my newly serviced sewing machine and read all of the wonderful comments you’ve left while I’ve been gone. And of course, show you the fabric I bought! What have you been up to over the last three weeks? What did I miss?


19 Responses to I’m back! Plus, vintage fabric eye candy…

  1. Stephanie August 23, 2010 at 6:20 am #

    Great fabric! Can’t wait to see what you decide to make with it. Welcome home =)

  2. Debi August 23, 2010 at 6:22 am #

    Oh that sucks that you lost most of your pictures! We get the ‘card read error’ message every so often and I HATE it! But your vintage fabric looks fantastic! I can’t wait to see this made up into a 1940’s frock! Glad you’re back :-)

  3. Catherine August 23, 2010 at 8:06 am #

    Welcome back! Horrible about the photos but great that you had a good time and you’ll have the good memories. Thank you for the posts you scheduled for while you were away just so we didn’t miss you toooo much! Just thought I’d let you know, by the way, that you have started a serious vintage button habit – my 2 year old loves them! Looking forward to seeing what you make with that gorgeous fabric.

  4. amber August 23, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    I would have freaked out over the lost photos, too! :( I’m glad you had a great vacation though and are looking on the bright side.

  5. Karin van D. August 23, 2010 at 8:19 am #

    Welcome home! So sorry to hear about your photographs. It’s such a shame when that happens. But those fabrics are gorgeous and I can’t wait to see the dresses you’ll make from them. I am certain they will be stunning!

  6. petite josette August 23, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    Hi Tasia
    Sorry to hear about your photos !
    That happened to us on our trip around Europe. We thought we had lost 1200 photos, but B. managed to retreive most of them. Turns out the card reader had “hidden” the photos, but not erased them.
    I’ll ask B. about the software’s name he used. maybe there’s hope for your photos ?
    welcome back to Vancouver !

  7. Shannon August 23, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    Glad you are back from your trip! So bummed to hear about the photos disappearing. The fabrics look like they will make wonderful dresses. Can’t wait to see them all made up!

  8. ~Sherry~ August 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    Welcome back – we’ve missed you in blogland! Glad you had a great holiday, but so sorry about your photos :(
    Loving your new fabrics and can’t wait to see what you make!

  9. Tasia August 23, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    Thanks all, for the ‘welcome home’ wishes! I’ve missed you all too! I have SO much reading to catch up on, and SO many comments to read and respond to. I feel guilty for not getting through it all faster!
    @Debi: Glad I’m not the only one that loses photos, but sad to hear about it happening to you! It happened before, a month or two ago but I only lost a morning’s worth of photos, no biggie. This time I lost quite a few!
    @Catherine: I’m happy to hear you enjoyed my scheduled posts! I wanted to keep new stuff coming even if it was pre-written. So funny to hear about your two-year-old playing with vintage buttons :)
    @petite josette: Ooh, thanks for the suggestion! If you find out how to get them back please let me know! My guy tried a few things tonight but nothing was successful so far, and we may have ruined the memory card further by trying. But if you find the software name I’d love to give it a go!
    For the vintage silks I have the best pattern, it’s one I haven’t mentioned yet, a gorgeous button-front dress from 1947. I’ll share a pic of the pattern soon!

  10. Suzie August 24, 2010 at 2:03 am #

    Hi Tasia,

    Welcome back – sounds like you had a brilliant holiday! So sorry to hear about loosing a load of your photos, nightmare!!! Hope you managed to buy lots of lovely fabric to make you feel better! ;)

    Thanks so much for all your lovely comments on my blog – always great to hear from you, and thanks for the thoughts on the tights…I think you are right about the grey tights to avoid the matchy-matchy look! Good thinking.

    Oh, I posted your patterns about a week ago so I hope they get to you safely. They are coming from the UK so I guess it could take a bit of time. Do let me know when you get them.


  11. Rachel August 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    Hi Tasia, welcome back! Sounds like you had a lot of fun.

    I love the fabric you’ve scored. It will look perfect in a 40s style – all drapey and pretty. Would you mind sharing the seller’s details?

    I bet your machine is running beautifully now — I’ve never had mine serviced either.

    Looking forward to seeing what you’re making next – I need some fresh inspiration!

  12. The Sew Convert August 24, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    Oh! I’m so drooling over the vintage fabrics! Welcome back! Can’t wait to see to see the rest of the fabrics you bought!

  13. Tasia August 24, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    @Suzie: Woohoo – thanks Suzie! I’ll let you know when I receive the package!
    @Rachel: Of course – the seller is Twin Spruce Antiques, here’s a link to her Etsy shop:
    I couldn’t believe my luck when I found these silks. Did I mention the price I bought them at was really great, too?
    @The Sew Convert: Thanks! Stay tuned, I’m writing up tomorrow’s post and it will have the fabrics I bought!

  14. Rachel August 24, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    Thanks Tasia!

  15. Tasia August 24, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

    You’re welcome! :) I checked the shop today and there’s some cute stuff, happy shopping!

  16. petite josette August 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    @Tasia: Hi Tasia, sorry for the late reply

    B. used a software called “Data rescue”, that apparently works for both Mac and PC. the software costs about $30 but you might be able to find a freeware that could work too.
    The thing is you shouldn’t touch your card anymore (don’t erase or take any more pictures on it) cause then it’ll be gone for good….
    I hope you find a way to get your pictures back. Digital is great and inexpensive (compared to film) but it’s much easier to “lose” also…
    can’t wait to see you new projects from that vintage fabric !

  17. Tasia September 3, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    @petite josette: Thanks! But, sadly, we accidentally reformatted the card. I mentioned there was software that could fix it, so Mr Sewaholic and I started searching on the computer and reformatted the card by accident. It’s ok, though! I’ve already come to terms with the fact that they’re gone.
    Thanks so much for checking for me!!

  18. Kathryn October 3, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    So sorry about your photos! That’s the problem with digital technology, it’s too easy to lose everything in one go.

    I was just in DC as well, which G Street Fabrics did you go to? I discovered there was one right by Dulles airport, and we had some time to spare, so managed to cajole my boyfriend into driving me there before our flight (after all he did make me go to the Air and Space museum…twice). I couldn’t believe how hot it was! Can’t imagine what the humidity would be like in July or August.

    • Tasia October 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

      @Kathryn: I went to the one in Virginia, maybe? We took the train, and then a bus to get there. East Falls Church sounds like the right thing.. Looked it up and it was the Seven Corners Centre one:
      It was soooo amazing and huge and overwhelming! Beautiful, beautiful fabrics. Although I didn’t buy anything, I couldn’t make up my mind! What was the Dulles airport one like?
      And it was crazy hot, too! So hot that you’d get outside and feel like you’re moving in slow motion, like it’s even too hot to think!
      I went to the Air and Space museum too – it was super busy and crowded, even on a weekday! But it was air-conditioned – always a good thing! :)