Really. That’s how the French are referring to DIY, they explain that “Le Do It Yourself” has now replaced “fait main” (handmade) in the lexicon of branché speak or the latest IN jargon if you will.
Women of all ages, particularly young women, are apparently knitting their little hearts out to create one-of-a-kind items. Coinciding with the trend there appears to be a major resurgence in the popularity and thus purchases atmerceries, or notion shops, those marvelous emporiums of buttons, bows, beads, trims, tassels and feathers that I so dearly love.
I have no idea how to sew, but I go wild in these places. The idea of changing buttons, even clumsily sewn onto a cardigan or jacket by moi-meme, is so exciting (context). These are the special places where I find a hallucinating choice of real silk ribbons to wrap special gifts and for cummerbunds and belts. The lovely thing about wrapping cadeaux in beautiful ribbons is that you know they will either be saved or used to wrap another present, re-cycling at its most elegant.
|This image makes me swoon. (I know, I’m not quite normal.)|
Then there is the possibility of finding special, sparkly embellishments — an appliqué that can be lightly stitched onto a marinièret-shirt or a jacket pocket, just for fun. Just for one season. Ooooh, and passementerie. . . Or you could sew fringed pom-poms on diagonal corners of a scarf. I’m really getting into this or rather the abstract idea of it all.
In fact, I have a date with a blogger friend for lunch next week in the Galerie Vivienne in Paris followed by a prearranged agreement to visit one of my favoritemercerise, Ultramode, just a few steps away. So exciting. . .
|Wonderful, aren’t they?|
My absolute favorite mercerie though is La Droguerie. One of the owners once tried to teach me how to knit a scarf. She cast the pretty blue yarn onto the needles and I did beautifully until I arrived home and started to drop stitches. It was a very zen experience while it lasted however.
Of course I’ll tell you all about our lunch and our shopping expedition, with pictures.