I readily confess I have accomplished nothing, sewing-wise, since the last post. Bad me. Oh, well. I'll get back on track this weekend.
My brother was in town this weekend. We walked five miles round trip in 40-degree rain to get kolaches for breakfast--sounds like something your grandparents tell you when you complain about how hard life is, doesn't it?--and got pretty soaked, so he decided we should go to Goodwill and look for raincoats. Goodwill because we're cheap. Unfortunately, my brother is 6'3" and built like a human Clydesdale, so he can't buy clothes just anywhere, and Goodwill didn't have any raincoats that fit him any better than any of the assortment of too-small ones we already had at home. He did find a good backpack, though.
I found a black tank top and bedsheets. I don't need bedsheets for the bed right now but the ones I got will make great dress yardage. I got one in a nice saturated violet and two light-blue king-sized chambray ones. All-cotton chambray is really hard to find right now (cotton-polyester is common but 100% cotton is not) and it's ridiculously expensive for plain cotton fabric. I could get four dresses out of these suckers if I'm careful, even using my somewhat fabric-thirsty vintage patterns. Advance 4550 (1947) will definitely be one of the dresses, and probably Advance 3045 (1942); after that, I haven't chosen yet.