This weekend was busy, busy, busy.
I had to be in
Francisco anyway, so I decided to head over to the San
Francisco Opera costume sale that Kelly mentioned on her blog (thank you, Kelly!). Sunday was the second day, and
things were quite picked over, but there was still plenty to explore.
I love examining well made costumes – especially costumes made by companies that have money to spend on builds. The texture and intricacy is incredible. Some are on the garish side, but on stage I am sure they looked magnificent.
Some things I expected, like flatlined bodices with boning channels offset from seamlines for easier alterations, grosgrain waist stays, lots of catch-stitching, and some serged edges.
Some interior markings have even survived multiple cleanings. Oh, the stories these costume could tell . . .
But here is something I have not seen before. I have worn a few costumes that have boned bodices attached to skirts using large hook & bar closures to attach one piece to another. But this zigzag grosgrain ribbon attachment is brilliant. I would guess that it allows for more movement than the method I am familiar with. I just love learning new construction techniques!
I would be curious to know why these particular pieces are being sold. Sure, there were racks and racks of items that have seen a lot of wear and tear, but some of these gowns still look very serviceable.
Then I had a couple of hours to kill, so I headed to
Union Square. Look what I found inside Macy’s!
I did not expect all the floral arrangements, but I am pleased there was something more interesting to look at than the clothes (especially after all that opera goodness).
All in all, I would say it was a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon!