Next up: Vogue Bolero

Remember this awesome 1950’s bolero pattern? Well, it’s been teasing me the whole time I worked on Mr Sewaholic’s shirt. I’m thrilled to be finished with two days to spare – which means back to sewing for me! And even though I have a mountainous stash of fabric, I didn’t have the perfect navy wool I was looking for to coordinate with the Twin Spruce Dress.

So I planned to put it on hold for a while, since my fabric shopping is at a standstill due to unemployment. I even considered writing a post, to see if anyone would trade me a metre of navy wool for one of the pieces in my stash…

Luckily, I was over at my family’s house for dinner and happened to mention the bolero of my dreams to my mother. Well. Let me tell you, if you ever thought your fabric stash was huge, it’s likely nothing compared to my mothers! She says ‘I probably have a metre of navy wool in here somewhere – let me check the wool bin.’ Seriously, there is a wool bin… and about a dozen other bins! That is one mother of a stash, pun intended!

The good news is, this story ends with me scoring a metre of lovely wool twill in the perfect darkest shade of navy. Just what I was looking for!

And luckily, I have just enough leftover bemberg lining for this bolero too.. and matching thread! The only thing I don’t have are buttons – and that one’s going to be my little treat to myself. Once it’s done, I’ll head down to Button Button and pick out the perfect ones. That’s the splurge part of this project – I only need three buttons and the rest of the materials were basically free, so it’s justified!

I’m excited to get started on my bolero now. Hurrah for mothers who sew!

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13 Responses to Next up: Vogue Bolero

  1. Eilane December 23, 2010 at 6:11 am #

    Undoubtedly have a mother who taught you how to sew and has a considerable stock of tissue has its advantages, rsssss, you are very lucky to be surrounded by generous and loving people. Congratulations.



    (sorry for any mistake, I’m using a google translator)

  2. Erica December 23, 2010 at 6:15 am #

    A wool bin! How fantastic! I have been wondering about your bolero since you bought it…can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  3. lap December 23, 2010 at 6:43 am #

    That is some SERIOUSLY lovely navy wool. It will look lovely with the Twin Spruce, and for some reason I feel like you need to wear black patent leather shoes with that combo. Surely you have some?

  4. maranda December 23, 2010 at 6:44 am #

    ooh, i love being able to splurge on the details! and since you only need 3, you can get some super fabulous ones ;) i’m excited to see how this turns out.

  5. A Sewn Wardrobe December 23, 2010 at 6:49 am #

    What lovely fabric – that was so nice of your Mom!

  6. TanitIsis December 23, 2010 at 6:59 am #

    Oh,, hooray!!! Mothers who sew are wonderful things. I would be happy to send you fabric (though my stash doesn’t compare to your mother’s) anytime.

  7. Darci December 23, 2010 at 10:37 am #

    See, I knew it wouldn’t be long until you were knocking out something (else) amazing!

    Hurrah for a freebie from Mom! It’s fantastic that she has a stash you can raid during this transition time. :)

    That bolero is going to be so gorgeous with your Twin Spruce dress!

  8. Kristie December 23, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    oooh how fun that your Momma has sooo much fabric. Wish I could take a peek and covet it all. You deserve the lovely buttons as payment for the labor. ;0)

  9. Lizzy December 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    Lucky girl! I love that color and I can’t wait to see it done! As my native language is not english most of the time I don’t know what kind of fabric you talk about sometimes paying attention very well to the pictures I know but I lso know fabrics in photos looks kind of different, anyway, I love the color , I love the pattern and I would like to see it on you!

  10. Gardenia Girl December 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    Great bolero!

  11. Peppertoast December 23, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    Oh lovely, I’ve just returned from Dressew and happened to park IN FRONT of Button Button and did not see it until I ALMOST drove away. The car went back in park and I plugged the parking meter for 10 more minutes (not long enough!) I can’t wait to take my vintage (thrifted) red mink stole there to figure out a fastener. Honestly, how can I ever use regular buttons ever again!

    Oh wait, I know, when I see my bank statement!

    Can’t wait to see your bolero.

  12. Katie December 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    My mother has 40 bins of fabric. That’s not even including the patterns she’s collected. It’s awesome!

  13. Tasia December 27, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    Thanks guys! So far, it’s looking cute, I should finish it up this week! @Peppertoast: I know the feeling exactly! What fun are regular buttons when you could pick something truly exciting and special at Button Button. I try and stop by whenever I’m downtown!