It’s been a long time.
I haven’t gone snoop shopping since last year, end of summer.
Yesterday, I decided to stop in Marshalls to see what I would find.
Once I got into the store, I know something was going on, a bunch of women were gathered in the back of the clothing section, feverishly going through the racks, so I decided to join in.
As soon as I got closer, I figured out what was up. Marshalls just got in last year’s summer designer contemporary dresses from brands like Calvin Klein, Michael by Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren to name a few.
I had seen those dresses in Macys for around $150 and up and here they were all priced at 39.99, these women knew they were getting a deal.
Before I turned my attention to those dresses, I spotted this jacket from Laundry by Shelli Segal.
I always pay attention to cotton blend jackets because there is a trend with garment manufacturers lately is to omit the lining.
This jacket is only lined in the front. The back is finished with bias binding and so well made.
I wonder why they choose to line the front only?
Linings add structure to garments but they also “hide” seams, zipper tapes and pockets so you don’t have to “finish” them as well.
I moved on to the next garment which was this silky button down shirt from Michael by Michael Kors.
Its so interesting how this one is applied.
One side is enclosed by stitching it to the top of the pocket (forming a seam) and the other side is stitched flat to the shirt fabric above the pocket.
This sporty ponte knit dress is by Kenneth Cole, a strip of bias binding was used to stabilize the armhole.
I have to try this next time I make a sleeveless knit dress.
The same treatment was used for the neckline and they used the bias binding as design detail on the exposed zipper.
This dress is from Michael by Michael Kors, I liked how the zipper was used as epaulettes. The sleeve is ruched with elastic before the exposed zipper is attached over it. This is a cute detail for a knit sheath dress or a simple T shirt.
The last thing that caught my eye was this sweater dress from Calvin Klein. The chain detail along the neckline is very Chanel!
V1389 came to mine because of the neckline but I can see this added to any sweater pattern to give it some added appeal
I also stopped in Old Navy, to see their new spring line.
Lots of Nautical and a splash of camo.
I saw this display of wrap dresses and it immediately caught my eye.
Great display by the way, stripe, brights and denim, sounds like the spring trends to me.
Wrap dresses are always trending and as you know, I just included the latest Mccalls pattern to my winter/spring transition capsule.
So seeing this, gave me instant mojo to start working on it.
A cobalt blue wrap dress for summer, hmmm, should I?