Since I was in Charlottesville, VA for Univ. of VA Freshman/Parent Orientation, I returned to Les Fabriques. This visit was more enjoyable and productive than my first visit. During this visit, the sales people were more friendly and responsive. They asked what I was looking for when I entered the store. When I gave my "I don't know … I'm waiting for something to speak to me" answer, they left me alone to browse and seemed to understand what I meant about fabric speaking to me. (Or … they thought I was crazy and left me alone out of fear.) When I'd decided what I wanted and was able to articulate it, a salesperson went to the back and brought out exactly what I had in mind - a piece of navy blue cotton twill soft enough for the partial elastic waist on back the pants. The fabrics in the store were arranged by color. Since I try to buy coordinating pieces together, this arrangement was helpful. All of the blue fabrics were together and it was easy to find the blue and white dotted fabric for the blouse. One of my issues during my previous visit was the prices. My selections were very reasonably priced - each was less than $10.00/yd. They still have the beautiful, expensive pieces, but this time, I was able to find something within my budget. This outfit, from the March 2008 issue of BWOF, has been on my mind since I first saw the issue. If I stick to my plan, I should have this outfit finished by the end of the summer and in time for the summer/fall transition.
Oh yeah, UVA's Freshman/Parent Orientation was also enjoyable and productive!