NYC Colette Events!!

First published over @ Handmaker’s Factory

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In the world of independent sewing pattern proprietors, Colette Patterns distinguishes itself through the quality and professionalism of its products. This is not to say that other indie pattern sellers fall short, but that Colette Patterns excels. They manage to maintain a pleasing, uniform style and aesthetic throughout its range of products, tutorials and website that trickles all the way down to designer, Sarai Mitnick.

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Sarai @ Brooklyn General Store

I couldn’t have stated the above with such certainty had I not had the chance to meet and interact with her, and her husband, in person. During their west coast tour, Sarai taught a class on sewing with silk at Mood that I attended. This was my first Mood sewing course, so I was uncertain of what to expect. You go into the experience knowing that there will be no practical demonstrations during the class due to a lack of space. I know that despite that, many sewing bloggers rave about their experiences. I’m happy to say, Mood and Sarai did not disappoint!

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She began class with a bit of information about silk and its various types and constructions. For budding textile experts, which I feel all sewists are at heart, the info was useful and much more interesting than I expected it to be. Starch recommendations and silk pre-treating techniques were discussed. Then came a very thorough explanation of silk types and the best way to handle them complete with large, expertly executed samples of stitch finishes and types (Hong Kong, French, serged, overlocked and on and on) which were passed around for close inspection. This may have become overwhelming if not for a handy, and thoughtfully put together, handout that each attendee took home.

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Here is where that professional distinction shows itself. The time that this handout took had to be considerable. It was neatly put together with nine swatches that were sewn onto cardstock. When you lift the swatch you reveal type written details of how to handle each fabric. This is an invaluable resource for new and intermediate seamstresses alike. Along with the detailed answers to questions that she was asked, I walked away with enough information to handle sewing silk with confidence!

I was unable to stay and chat with Kenn and Sarai that evening, so I felt fortunate to make it to a party held in their honor at Brooklyn General Store. The store itself is beautiful and was further decorated with Colette Pattern samples for the occasion.

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There was a nice discount for sewists who donned their Colette Pattern makes (I wore my Sencha and bought some really pretty, coral colored linen/cotton I wanted to make a Laurel with, but the pattern had sold out!!) and the relaxed atmosphere was a great setting to talk with Sarai and Kenn and the beautifully dressed party guests. I am continually stunned by how easy it is to converse with people in the sewing community. Sarai is so approachable and friendly! It was a really great evening. I reconnected with some sewing friends and left feeling great about investing my time and money with this indie company!

Silk selection image from Mood fabric’s blog http://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/?p=1610
Brooklyn General Store- http://brooklyngeneral.com/
Colette Patterns- http://www.coletterie.com/

Doe, a Deer, a Little Mood Deer

First, let me tell you a story…

This post comes after a day of consoling my oldest son about the, rather abrupt and shocking, death of a pet. Don’t be alarmed. It was not a well loved dog or cat, but Herman, the hermit crab who’d just come home with us on Sunday. Not only did he climb OUT of his shell, he also (because he was really small) climbed OUT between the bars of the cage and somehow got over to the middle of the hallway were he was….squished.

I shit you not.

My husband and I exchanged a lot of incredulous looks about the odds of something like this happening and worried looks about our kids’ reactions to this really bizarre event. But with a promise to replace him (and an additional promise to let my son keep his empty shell AWWWW) they were OK. So, we took a rainy walk to the pet store after school and brought home a new crabby friend.

Story over.

NOW, you wanna know about that Mood (MOOOOOOOD) fabric, amirite??!?

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Silk/Cotton!! With deer!! Are you dying?! Lie to me if you aren’t.

The print is super sheer, look how my hand shows up below it.

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This next one shows it layered with the striped one, which is how I plan to use them. It’s also silk/cotton, which will make whatever project they become the most expensive one I’ve ever made.

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Let’s talk about this Cotton/Lycra blend, shall we. Isn’t it fucking awesome!! I can’t decide which side I like best.

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It absolutely BEGS to be made into something that utilizes both sides. Something with a princess seamed bodice, yes? It needs to be fabulous so I’ll stop feeling bad about the beautiful Mood employee who nearly threw her back out wrestling the bolt off of the rack.

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I didn’t do nearly, not even CLOSE to, the damage that some other meet-up members did. But for my first time shopping with the big dogs, I think I did OK, lol

New York, The Sewing City that Never Sleeps

Ok. So by now most of you have probably read the posts on the blogs of the other (more popular) meetup members. But, it was too great a time to NOT post about it here! To show just how much this group of peeps has to come mean to me, I will steal use their pictures for this post. Isn’t that a lovely tribute?? I thought you’d agree.

First up, this snap Peter took of Oona, Sonja, Suzanne and I just before the feeding frenzy started. Well right as it was starting anyway.

Oona’s pic shows just how punchy we became before Peter dashed off.

These two from Suzanne’s blog show the madness that ensued after he left and ultimately led to those big appetites. Let me tell you, climbing stairs, roaming isles and tossing around those heavy bolts (while using all your brain power to resist Oona’s Jedi-Fabric-Mind-Tricks) takes it out of you! Mood is HUGE! They could do cardio and weight training in the place! You could lie down and nap and no one would stumble across you for hours, lol.

You get a tiny glimpse of Kendrell,  just one of the fearless Mood employees brave enough to come to our aide. I believe some of the customers expected a camera crew to be filming us what with all the racket and mess we made.

I am still amazed at how much fun it is to get together and pet fabric, and gab (about EVERY topic under the sun) and grub with the sewing masses! I hope it’s always this awesome!

It’s 10pm so, of course, I’m just now getting the urge to sew, lol. I’m going to put on Lebowksi and get stuck into the fabric I got from 21st Century Fabric’s the place with the best bargain bin in the district.

Be sure to read Oona’s, Peter’s, Sonja’s and Suzanne’s posts if you haven’t already. And comment on the Beau Baby’s couture!