Autobiography of a Quilt #2

I lived in Point Breeze from 1978 to 2001 and while I was there, my favorite place for clothing was Pittsburgh’s Best-Kept Secret, Panache. Even to this day, probably 25% or even more of my closet is from my Panache shopping days and I haven’t been there much since I moved to the SouthSide.

Suzanne is special- a small retailer who zeros in on the artsy-easy clothing that will satisfy her East End customer. It’s lots of fun to stop in to visit with her and see the latest additions to her inventory. Sometimes its the accessories, another time there are shoes, another time a special coat. In the winter, there is always my favorite corduroy in every shape and form, in the summer soft cozy cotton.

I have another quilt that I made about ten years ago that is almost all Panache clothing- solid color linens, cottons. velvets, and satins with some simple batik prints and stripes thrown in. Every time I look at that quilt, I think of my shopping days at Panache and now much joy I got wearing that clothing.

This memory quilt that I am documenting for The Container Project has five different articles of clothing from Panache. There is a funky purple print cotton pants suit, a three piece striped linen outfit, a red t-shirt with satin trim, a rayon print vest, and a blue cotton chambray suit.

Thinking about it, makes me want to make a trip over there tomorrow!

Published by SilkQuilt

Pittsburgh-based fiber artist, Louise Silk, creates art that combines aesthetics and functionality with meaning and memories. From the influence of a 1972 MS Magazine article to the current SILKDENIM label, her quilt experiences culminate in a display of her particular capacity to use her patchwork skills to piece together just about anything into an aesthetic meaningful whole.

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