Monthly Archives: February 2019

Dress from the First Floor of Britex!

Since I first went in to Britex 10 years ago, I’ve wanted to make a fancy dress from the fabric they sell on the first floor. For those of you not familiar with this particular fabric store, the first floor is where they keep all the expensive fabrics like silks and wools. As a grad student, that wasn’t going to happen. So when we went back to SF to visit friends last spring I knew what I wanted to do: shop on the first floor of Britex!

I’d already done my homework and knew, generally speaking, what style of dress I wanted to make, what materials I wanted to use, and how much fabric to buy. However, one of the advantages of Britex is that the staff is always excited about offering advice on fabric selections. I was introduced to a silk/silicone blend that had an interesting shimmery tone. I really liked it, but thought it was a bit much, so I got a geometric print sheer silk fabric to use as an overlay to tone it down. For the skirt, I got a lavender wool crepe. I’ve always wanted to work with this fabric and, now that I have, will definitely be buying more wool crepe next time I go to SF.

I was very happy with how this dress turned out and have already been able to wear it to two events. Shopping on the first floor was definitely a fun experience and something I’d like to do again – though I probably won’t go all out again unless I have a particular reason. I don’t need that many fancy dresses!

The dress from the front.

The dress from the front.

The back view of the dress. You can tell it's late in summer from my very visible tan lines. :)

The back view of the dress. You can tell it’s late in summer from my very visible tan lines. :)

Seattle Blizzagnarak

Seattle has been having its snow of the century and since Snowmaggedon and Snowpocalyse seem a bit overplayed to me, we have coined it the Seattle Blizzagnarak. It is sort of funny because at about 12-18 inches of snow over the last week, it is kind off a nothing event by the standards of the mid west and Northeast, but the city shuts down as we just don’t have the infrastructure.

That being said, it has been a blast for us as we both miss the snow. It is both easy to walk around as we are now within walking distance of a number of major streets which are plowed and some of the restaurants and cafes have stayed open. So we just get to work from home and wander around in the snow, which is great fun.

Everything looks so crisp and clean in the snow.

Everything looks so crisp and clean in the snow.

Snowman! The snow was sticky enough over the weekend that we made Mr. Rhodes, the rhododendron snow man.

Snowman! The snow was sticky enough over the weekend that we made Mr. Rhodes, the rhododendron snow man.

It was a picture perfect day on Saturday!

It was a picture perfect day on Saturday!

Throwing snowballs into the sea is surprisingly fun.

Throwing snowballs into the sea is surprisingly fun.

It is funny that while there is about a foot of snow 60 ft away from the beach the water keeps it snow free and "warm" at the beach.

It is funny that while there is about a foot of snow, 60 ft away from the beach the water keeps it snow free and “warm”.