Saturday, November 17, 2007


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. 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!


cidell said...

Carolyn got me with Fabric Mart too. And it was the Anna Sui's that suckered me in.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I just saw Cidell's comment...*LOL*

As for the business dress, you know this has been my challenge for awhile now. And after I wrapped my head around it, I am finding my style but yet in a corporate way. No I don't wear a lot of all black as the other NYers do and I have managed to add color in a subtle way into my wardrobe. It will be fun to see what you create!

Sharon said...

They both got to me also! I'm guessing FM had a huge surge in orders this weekend thanks to those two, LOL

I sure wish they'd do away with casual friday where I work - it is terrible to see what some people wear to work and can I just say... I don't mean to offend anyone, and I've been told they're incredibly comfortable, but crocs are not shoes meant to be worn in the office!