...the doorbell rang and our nice Postal Carrier was holding a very large, thick envelope that would not fit into the mailbox.
The chintz had arrived. You may recall that we had planned on a blue-on-white print from ReproductionFabric.com. Well, I scrapped that plan. The fabric arrived, and though it's very nice, the color is totally off from what I exptected--tan rather than cream, navy rather than a medium blue. And the weight of the cotton leaves something to be desired for a flouncy, delicate jacket and petticoat. Mother is getting some new curtains or a tablecloth out of it instead.
So I went back to an old standby--ordering Indian block-print cotton from ebay.
Gratuitous shot of chintz:
What I love about this fabric, aside from the gorgeous hand-done block print, is the hand. It's just plain old cotton, but it shows you what cotton can be--whisper light, crisp, drapes beautifully. It's incredible the difference between this stuff and the cotton you buy for quilting or whatnot.
Another gratuitous fabric shot, this time crumpledy:
Still to come--setting the sleeves, attaching the lining, press-press-pressing, playing with trim and flounce, and whipping up the petticoat. I am very tempted to order more fabric to ruffle out the bottom of the petticoat...but I think I'll refrain.