Thanks to Carolyn at diaryofasewingfanatic and Shannon at Hungry Zombie Couture, I have succumbed to the siren call of Fabric Mart! I placed my first order today. Like Shannon, I couldn't resist the Anna Sui silks--what a great idea to use them as linings. I also bought an Anna Sui wool blend, some spruce wool gabardine, and some silk jacquard (originally designed for ties). I'm not going to say how much I spent, but it's a massive order and the cost adds up even at low, low prices. Sigh...I don't mind really, but I'm building up quite the fabric inventory these days and need to get to making some of it into garments.
Speaking of garments, I received an unexpected incentive on Friday. My boss announced that Casual Fridays have been eliminated. The 2 major executives for New Mexico recently toured several of the branch offices and were appalled by what people were wearing (note: one executive is a late 50-ish man and the other is a mid-30's woman). Time to look like bankers again--frankly, I'm kind of happy about it. I'm so tired of skin tight pants, belly shirts, and massive amounts of cleavage at the workplace. At the risk of sounding old lady-ish, it's a bank, not a nightclub. The message was clear: Business Banking will step up, lead the way, and look sharp.
So...now I need more traditionally business apparel, tailored things, in other words. I have a lot of items that will work already, but any excuse for more clothes! And remember, this is New Mexico, so business apparel is still much more relaxed than the east coast. We can wear color!