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!

New York, I Love You

Living in this city has many, many perks. One that I’m only now coming to appreciate is that it’s visited by people from all over the world. I think NY’ers have this innate dislike for tourists. I think it comes from dodging them as they stare in wonder at things we take for granted. But, now that so many cool people that I “know” live elsewhere in the world I’m so glad that they choose to come here and stare!

A current visitor to my fair city, the gorgeous, leggy Rachel of House of Pinheiro, contacted me to see if I wanted to meetup while she was here. Uhm….YEAH!! I’m so lucky that she was free during the day! I miss so many things due to timing. Anyway, I had bragged posted about my pattern haul on Instagram and the comments quickly became a logistics discussion when I revealed that there were more to be had. Working around the seller’s availability and that of two super cool (and busy) career girls, Ginger and Oona, a plan was hatched.

I would meet Rachel after I dropped of the kiddies and we would swan around the Garment District until it was lunch/meet G&O/pattern shopping time in Brooklyn. We met in Metro Textiles but left Kashi’s house empty handed and headed to Mood where we were mesmerized by the double faced wool and other expensive beauties.

Gorgeous Rachel!

Ikat @ Mood

We spotted these on a truck’s flatbed on the way to grab some hot chocolate to thaw out.
Funky Machines on the Street

Rachel snaps me, snapping the machines

We stopped at a place whose name I ALWAYS forget. Rachel and I split a length of never ending stretch plaid that took team effort to yank out of the bin. Look for two continent twin garments in the future ;p From there we stopped at SIL Thread and were astonished by the largest scissor I’ve ever seen close up.

We also realized that this place was stocked with horse hair braid in mind blogging widths! One package was easily about 5 or 6 inches wide. We bought a couple yards in with more reasonable dimensions and dashed off to B&J Fabrics. These cuties that great you when you step off the elevator are lovely, but the prices inside were not. Yikes!

Teeny Drapred Dress @ B&J Fabrics

We left there and hot footed it over to the train station to head to BK. After great luck in the train arriving quickly, having empty seats, no smelly passengers and only one short term singing session, we made it there in record time. When we stopped in front of Peaches, Ginger was walking out of the door of the restaurant while Oona waved to us from down the street.

Perfect timing.

I only have this blurry photo as witness of our dining. I was famished! And had already taken a bite of what was an extremely tasty turkey meatloaf sandwich. You all are lucky this is not a pic of an empty plate!
Lunch @ Peaches in Brooklyn

I regretfully left the ladies as I had to pick up my children. But, they had the directions to pattern mecca. They were not disappointed!

Ginger and Oona Pet Patterns

All in all, a fantastic time was had by all!!

And no cameras were harmed in the making of this meetup ;p

One Big, Happy (International, Sewing) Family

I have been super lucky recently and I’d like to shout out the peeps responsible. It’s an international round up of sewing related awesomeness. I have been featured two, very cool, places. It’s always SO nice to make something that you love and have others love it, too!

Let’s head to

Canada

The super sweet Kristiann, of Victory Patterns fame, asked to feature my Roxanne on her blog:
My Roxanne :: Featured @ Victory Patterns!

I was so honored! Not only did I love working with her pattern, I truly have not interacted with a sweeter business owner!

Next, to

Australia

The same week, Erica of Recycled Fashion Finds featured my Black & White at the Night Circus refashion:
Black & White :: Featured @ Recycled Fashion Finds!!

I’m really proud of this outfit so it pleases me so much to know that it was well liked by other refashionistas!

A much anticipated package from super groovy StephC of Cake Patterns also arrived this week! As excited as I was about the package making it from 3Hours Past the Edge of the World, I was expecting an epic battle at the post office. New Yorkers will sympathize with me. Postal relations are crap here. But it was DEAD easy to get it!!

Watch this space for more of that awesome (though wrinkled from travel) dress!!

And back in

New York

I already waxed poetic about the chance to shibori dye with ladies full of awesome, but in this same week, I was able to see Christine again, squeeze Oona in welcome (back to NY) and congratulations AND meet Maddie!! I had to run relatively quickly (kids to pick up from school and all that) but the short visit was more than worth it!! I was even, lovingly, badgered into buying some gen-u-ine garment district fabric!

The sewing community is spread all over the world. I’m so happy to know peeps from all corners of it!!