What a beautiful day I had for fabric shopping on Saturday! Ended up I had 1:30 to 6:30 to shop. I dumped my son and his friend back on their chaperone (they'd kept migrating to me for a lot of the trip), and took off for the subway station.
station was closed and gave me options of a Red Line shuttle bus or some other bus routes. I looked at the bus stop route map and decided to walk a few blocks to catch the #29 bus down State St. to the Roosevelt store since obviously getting to Evanston was not going to be easy.
the driver said you can't get bus transfers (why not?) I looked at the map and thought, ah, it's a pretty day, doesn't look that far and decided to walk to Vogue and Fishman's at Des Plaines. Well, those blocks are farther on foot than on paper
But it still took only 20 min. to get there.
Went to Fishman's first, found some lovely pieces but nothing exactly hit me. Then off to Vogue. Wow, the first tables in the door, and then a whole long line of Liz Claiborne stuff. I found a cool knit with all the colors I liked so I made it my inspiration piece. Found tons to go with it. And then ...
Problem #3, my 14YO son calls me from his friend's cell. "Do you know Andy's cell #?" I said, you mean, Andy, as in Andy your chaperone who you're supposed to be with right this minute? Yes, that was it. Andy's son was part of the group and had gotten sick. Andy had taken him off to the bathroom to take care of him and told the boys to stay in one area (they were in Legoland - quite happy). He hadn't come back and even though they hadn't moved, they were getting concerned. Turned out that Andy showed up minutes later and called me, saying the boys had done exactly what he'd asked them (bless that son of mine's heart!). But his son was ill and could I come take the other boys? My heart is falling at this point! So I said, sure ... sigh ... but it's going to be up to an hour before I can get to you with buses and walking. I finished looking in the rest of the first room of Vogue and couldn't go to the other rooms.
Probably just as well, I ended up with 16 yards of fabric, all mix and match. So I have a new summer wardrobe. Yay!
And yes, I had them ship it, thanks for the suggestion - didn't want to haul it the rest of the day. They were very nice in there and I still had a blast. Just would have like to look at trims and notions. But I think I did enough damage
Thanks again to all the advice!!