Of course I grumbled a bit about it during coffee break, knowing that I was going to have to make an upstream run against the Friday night rush hour to get a new spool, and was pleasantly surprised to learn from a co-worker that a fabric shop had just opened on the street that joins my workplace to my homeplace (I work at one end and live at the other) and is my daily route to work ... I hadn't noticed because in the morning it's dark outside, the lights aren't on in that mini-mall, and I've got my attention on other vehicles because that's the point at which two lanes merge into one; on the way home I'm trying to get through the one-lane-splits-into-two at the place where people leaving the mall think the parking lot exit counts as a four-way-stop intersection and they're entitled to make a right turn into the left lane even if it means going through the vehicle driving past on the street ... not a place where I want to be gawking at the scenery. So stopped in on the way home (using the unpopular parking lot entrance that actually lets one easily in and out rather than the more popular nightmare one described above). Very nice. Primarily aimed at quilters, so most of the stock is cotton, but they did have some very nice batiked and tie-dyed flannelettes (with lovely clear colours ... the majority of the ones I see tend to be dark/murky/muddy), and a table of tie-dyed velours at the back, plus some other snuggly fabrics suitable for bathrobes and the like. Excellent stocks of threads and notions (yes, I got TWO large spools of Mettler's finest silk-finished black), and a whole spinner of hand-dyed shell buttons. Upon which I FINALLY found something I've been looking for for years ... buttons of the perfect shade to match the dark mauve, oversized linen shirt that I purchased in a secondhand store back in Lethbridge and which has been languishing unworn all this time because it was missing some of its shell buttons (I had removed the remaining ones and put them on completely buttonless secondhand shirt that they were a perfect match to and the right number for ... the buttons purchased tonight are actually a better match for the linen than the originals). And then I wandered past the magazine rack and discovered (and bought) the latest issue of Australian Stitches, plus a back issue that fills a gap in my collection of that title.
I feel so accomplished and I haven't even unpacked my shopping loot yet! :p
UPDATE: anotheranon ALERT! Just started flipping through the new Australian Stitches (vol. 14, no. 6) and it contains part one of a article, with bibliography and drawings that show off garment construction more clearly than photos, on Madeleine Vionnet! (looks to be the first instalment of a brand new regular feature titled "Fashion Legends")