Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Treat Yourself Sales and Pretty Pictures To Inspire

While gift giving is fun, it's also nice to treat ourselves to a little something that we might enjoy! 

This morning I received a message from Burda Style that everything in their store is 30% off with coupon code TREAT30. It's a 3 day sale, so if there's something you would like, be sure to hurry over.

I picked up this fun top. 

I love the shape of the shoulders, the funnel neck, and the shaped hem. I have my fingers crossed that I'll be able to ink out a little time to get it done in the next few days. HERE'S a link to the pattern 

IThinkSew has tons of their patterns on sale. You can see their sale page HERE.  You may remember the Emily Bag that I did for a Sew News sew along. The pattern is on sale for 50% off and you can find it HERE.

During the month of December, IThinkSew is also offering free patterns to those who are newsletter subscribers and have purchased patterns in the past. This cute little coin purse pattern just arrived in my inbox this morning. You can find the pattern HERE.

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see the Mainbocher exhibit at the Chicago History Museum. If by chance you find yourself in Chicago, the exhibit runs through September of 2017, so by all means, add it to what you might like to see in Chicago!

This video gives you a great glimpse into the exhibit.

As I began the tour, I saw this quote and thought that this is how all of us who sew feel about our creations.

We had a tour guide who pointed out the jewelry that matches the gown. Mainbocher was VERY particular about what was worn with his creations.

This jacket was designed in the 1930's and is as much in style now as it was then.

I absolutely loved this piece.

I found this gown particularly interesting.

Look closely and you'll see the subtle change in colors that were used for each panel.

There are much better pictures of this gown on the website.

The dress below was designed to be worn by a mother of the bride.

If my memory serves me, I believe that this cape in today's money would have been $40,000. 

Both of the dresses below were done in the 1960's. I especially like the dress on the right. Underneath the overlay is a strapless, knee length dress.  

In the video they talk about that the exhibit also offers some interactive opportunities. I am such a kid at heart, so I just couldn't help myself :) Below is one where you can create your own label.

As I said, the exhibit is well worth a visit especially is you find yourself in Chicago, or not too far away.

As the days of this week tick away, be sure to take a few minutes for yourself and nourish your soul :) 

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  1. Thank you for sharing the exhibit with those of us who are not in Chicago. The red dress is lovely.