And I was spellbound.
And feeling kinda sad because it was New Year's Eve and I was at home in bed feeling rotten.
So I bought it.....
It seems that this box of goodies was purchased on the 15th of November 1956 from Mandel Brothers in Chicago. I know it was purchased then because the original dated receipt was in the box.
And then she put it away and never did anything with it. I was drawn to this box for obvious reasons. Not only is it a preserved moment in time, which always appeals to me, but the lady intended to make a LILAC SUIT!!!!
I wish there was a way to find out who she was... there isn't... so I've decided to call her Martha.
From the quantities of fabric Martha purchased I think she intended to make the McCalls suit, but because she bought both patterns, there is a chance she intended to do what I'm going to do.
The Vogue pattern is a dress and jacket. I looooove that jacket! So I'm going to make it, and the skirt from the McCalls pattern! I would make the Vogue pattern in its entirety, but I don't think there is enough wool.
I want to do this as a tribute to Martha who couldn't finish this project for whatever reason.
As well as the gorgeous lilac wool fabric, and the patterns, Martha also purchased a zipper, rayon seam binding and thread! And I intend on using it all in my suit!
I really wish I could find out who she was...
The only part of this box that I won't be using is the fabric Martha purchased for the lining.
She purchased some of that god-awful acetate (the fabric on the right). Its stiff and I can already feel it sticking to me because it won't breathe. Ugh! But it just so happens that I had already purchased some rayon lining (the fabric on the left) which is a pretty good match all things considered! It will breathe and will be much nicer to touch.
This will be my next project after the Raspberry Darling suit is finished! I'm so excited to see Martha's dreams complete.