Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The French Riviera, pretty things, and the Giveaway winner.

A very interesting antique shop that was composed entirely of chandeliers.
The sting of shell-fish poisoning (Damn you, moules marinières!) has finally worn off and I can now look at pictures of our trip to France and not think of being sick. I thought I would share a few pretties with you before announcing the winner of the Apron Pattern Giveaway.

The first day that I was able to leave the hotel without wanting to fall down was also the last day that I had to explore the antiques Nice (pronounced Neeeeece) had to offer. We had to stop often on our way there so that I could rest, but when we did there was delicious coffee, tea, and croissants to fortify me.

The walk was lovely and we explored the old city on our way to what had been described as a great antiques market being held that very day. We arrived at said market and found an unwavering throng of tourists with the same goal. Apparently no one had bothered to tell them that this was the off-season and that they weren't welcome to crash my adventure. I hate crowds. My husband hates crowds even more and promptly proceeded to stalk behind me like the murderous looking giant that he was rapidly devolving into. I shared his feelings and barreled my way along to the other end, only stopping to notice that everything was incredibly, painfully overpriced... and also very pretty.

This rack of 1920's through 1950's silk (yes, silk) slips caught my attention and I proceeded to bemoan two facts. 1. They were each very expensive (at least $100 each) and 2. I would not fit into any of them, even being 3 pounds lighter post food-poisoning.

But oh, the sewing inspiration to be had from these beauties! The lovely harpy asking so much for them graciously allowed me to take pictures as she perched nearby to caw prices at unsuspecting tourists.

I soon found another sewing gem a few yards away. Despite a great amount of persuading, I could neither convince my husband of its beauty and appeal, nor myself of the likelihood of getting it on a plane. But who doesn't dream of a 350 Euro positively ancient papier maché dress form?

Thoroughly demoralized by the crowd, the prices, and my stomach, Mike gently led me away from the horde and consoled me with a pat on the head, coffee, a macaroon, and a bag of very expensive, heavenly loose-leaf tea that smelled like a bake sale in a garden.

Coffee is of great consolation to me in trying moments.

And now, after looking at the pretty picture of a cafe, I'll be you're ready to learn the winner of the giveaway, aren't you?

The lucky winner, who will receive a copy of my new apron pattern reproduction, was chosen at random and is...... drumroll....... Jamie of Raspberry Lemonade!

Depew 1027 Aprons.
Jamie, you can email me at afewthreadsloose@gmail.com and I'll send you your pattern. A big thanks to everyone else who participated. I always love reading your comments! Stay tuned for more this week including more Sew Expensive posts!


  1. I can't imagine going to such a beautiful place and being sick almost the entire time. So sad! Thanks for sharing the pics.

    I nominated your blog for an award:



    Congrats as well to Jamie for winning the pattern. Anna, your patterns just keep getting more amazing!

  2. What beautiful pictures! Love those slips and the chandeliers... wow! But I think coffee would soothe my soul as well, because in Europe, coffee is divine :)

  3. Oh wow, that dress form! It would have totally been worth an extra seat on the air plane just to get it home. Don't you think?

  4. What a fun stroll down the town with you. Love the beautiful pink lingerie/slips.

  5. Normally I scroll right through people's travel pictures. But your commentary was just so readable.

    Congrats on winning Jamie

  6. Oh goodness, those slips are amazing! It reminds me I picked up two slips at a thrift store last year (one of my few RARE vintage thrifting finds). I suspect they're maybe 30s, but really don't have any way to know for sure since it's not my specialty. They've been hanging on my closet since I need to hem them as they're a million miles too long for me, but they are rolled hems and I'm not sure I'm up to trying to repeat that. I need to pull them out and photograph them at the very least!

    That dress form is amazing, too. I do think the airline would look at you strangely if you had it next to you strapped into a seat... ;)

  7. Wow, this totally made my day!!! Thank you so much!

    I'm sorry to hear you got food poisoning, but I'm glad you were able to have a little fun in Nice. The slips look like they were made from one of your patterns. :)