Monday, June 6, 2016
Sometimes A Girl Just Needs A New Dress
from the Material Witness Mystery Series
by Diane Vallere
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Sometimes a girl just needs a new dress.
I admit, working in a fabric store keeps me on the casual/functional side of fashion. And even though I'm no longer responsible for repairing sewing machines and hot-gluing plastic gems onto pageant dresses, I haven't quite shaken my habit of wearing black every day. Running Material Girl, the family fabric store, has had its share of benefits, not the least of which is letting my cats, Pins and Needles, join me in the store during the day. But sometimes, when business is slow, I wander the aisles and get inspired by the fabrics. I know this sounds silly, but I even let them talk to me and tell me what they think they could be. Bathing suit cover-up? Interview suit? Party dress?
See, that's the other thing about wandering the aisles of the family fabric store. Every fabric reminds me of my great aunt Millie and the movies we used to watch together. She was the one who first taught me about sewing and about style. She introduced me to Mae West and Greta Garbo and The Thin Man movies and all kinds of glamour that doesn't exist today. I learned to buy vintage dresses in bad shape and deconstruct them to make patterns. That's what I used as inspiration for the dresses I designed for my old job, but Giovanni, the cheapskate, dumbed them down. Grrrrr.
Imagine having a place to wear a champagne dress with bugle beading! Or fringe--yards and yards of fringe. One of these days an opportunity will come along. And trust me, I'll be ready.
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