While I've been on vacation, I've done a lot eating, napping, and sun burning.
And because I have a pretty severe addiction to fabric, I traveled to a local fabric store in Morehead City, NC.
I wasn't overly impressed until I saw this:
It was only a remnant, about 2.5 yards worth of fabric. I thought it was beautiful but I was about to leave it behind until I saw this along the selvedge:
Was this real Alfred Shaheen fabric??? Wait, who is Alfred Shaheen you ask? He was a fabric and fashion designer from Hawaii. He is probably best known for his women's dresses and hand printed fabrics. He also created traditional Aloha shirts for men. You can find vintage Alfred Shaheen dresses and the prices range from $100 up to $500.
I thought about just taking my treasured find home and stashing it away for a while. Instead I have been designing in my head. I only have 2.5 yards of fabric, so I can't do a full dress. I thought about a skirt, either a full skirt or a sarong style skirt. But I really want to stay true to the Shaheen style which means a dress.
I signed up for a Craftsy class over a year ago and haven't done anything with it. It is Gertie's Bombshell Dress class. Would this be perfect or what???
I can't wait to get started! I've got a few more projects in the works that I want to finish before I attempt my Alfred Shaheen style dress out of vintage Alfred Shaheen fabric. I also want to gain a little more experience and confidence before I cut that fabric since it is truly irreplaceable.