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Good times

I am smiling this morning.  Ear to ear. 

Yesterday, I had the good fortune to attend a small gathering of like-minded people to share our mutual love of sewing.   Carolyn hosted and she’s a great hostess (serving lasagna, garlic bread, salad, appetizers, the works!).  We shared our stories, talked about the pros and cons of blogging, shopped Carolyn’s fabric closet… 

We also all brought fabric to be donated to Carolyn’s local high school.  I brought some boucle I bought from Fabric.com when the Vera Wang Lavender collection went on sale a while back.  It just wasn’t what I thought it was going to be when I received it.  It was too electric blue.  But when Carolyn found out that I was going to donate it, she said no way and brought out some burgundy colored silk that paired with it and magically, the blue became more of a purple.  Weird.  So Carolyn insisted that I keep it.  I think I will give Carolyn some other fabric in my stash to donate to her local high school instead.  🙂

Karen, Cidell and Wendy were there.  I have met each of them before and hope that I can now call them my friends.  There were three others whom I have not met before: Barbara, Cindy and Lindsay T.  

The highlight of the visit had to be seeing Carolyn’s mighty stash in person.  I was so envious, I had to avert my eyes.  😉  She has some AMAZING fabrics in that closet.  Wow!

Here are some not to great pictures to memorialize the occasion.  I hope we can meet up again soon!

Lindsay T, Cidell, and Carolyn

Lindsay T, Cidell, and Carolyn

 

Cindy and Barbara

Cindy and Barbara

 

Wendy and Karen

Wendy and Karen

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NYC Sewing Meetup and Stash Confessional

Wendy of W 38th organized a sewing meetup to shop in the garment district yesterday after work.  We visited Spandex House, Pacific Trimming, and Paron’s.  While I’m not officially on a fabric diet, I have a lot of fabric for a newbie sewist and I feel like I should work with what I have before going all crazy in the fabric department.  Plus, I want to shop with a plan in the future.  Meaning, have swatches and patterns with me when I go shopping so I won’t buy crazy plastic dot fabric again. 

I had already been to Spandex House before with Trena and Cidell.  Boy, there is a lot of neon in that house of spandex.  They have great supplies for bra and panty making.  I found a fabric scrap that I liked for a bathing suit, but they didn’t have the bolt anymore.   I was thinking of making my own bathing suits as they are ridiculously expensive.  I don’t understand why they have to be so expensive.  I bet swim suits are a cash cow for clothing manufacturers since there is so little fabric to the cost; the mark up must be astronomical.  Anyway,  nothing jumped out at me so I held firm and didn’t buy anything there.

Next on the tour was Pacific Trimming, which I visited with Karen.  That’s where I bought the coconut buttons.  I drooled over the ribbons and buttons, but again did not buy anything as I did not plan ahead and bring anything with me to match colors.  Incidentally, Wendy mentioned that she had a great color memory and rarely brings swatches with her because it’s so reliable.  I definitely did not get that gene, but I have pretty good relative pitch.  But that doesn’t do much for my sewing.  I could, however, hum the note my Viking sings when winding a bobbin for you if you ever ask.

I have not been to Paron’s before however and they have a whole room devoted to 50% bolts and remainders.  Wow!  There was a lot of fabric at great prices there.  I walked out with one of the same pieces as Mica, a black lt wt t-shirting with a kind of floral design within the fabric.  Not quite a jacquard.  As you can see below, the floral pattern looks white, but it’s actually see through.  I just put a white bag behind it so you could see the pattern.  Maybe Mica can describe it better than my feeble attempt. 

black "floral" t-shirting

black "floral" t-shirting

In other sewing news, I bought a stash of buttons off Etsy (still mourning the loss of my Grandma’s button collection), some cute indian head buttons (so cute!!!)  for a shirt for Jack, reddish linen from P&S fabrics, and probably more worth mentioning but not foremost in my mind right now.  Here are some pics…

bag o buttons

brown & floral border print for a skirt

brown & floral border print for a skirt

Batik/tie die style cotton (navy and white)

Batik/tie die style cotton (navy and white)

 

Indian buttons for a shirt for Jack

Indian buttons for a shirt for Jack

 

pink and taupe t-shirt knit for me and my mom

pink and taupe t-shirt knit for me and my mom

turquoise and brown knit

turquoise and brown knit

 

red linen from P&S fabrics

red linen from P&S fabrics

Coconut buttons

Coconut buttons

 

And my next project will probably use this black and white fan print knit.  I am thinking a DVF style wrap dress.  What do you think?  I am going to consult with Karen on which pattern tonight and start tracing the pattern.  🙂

fan knit

 

On Monday, Thea and I will return to the pant sloper and tweak the pattern into capris. 

Happy sewing!

Pretty Pictures

Like Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic, I have been in a fabric buying frenzy.  Here are some pictures of my newest stash entries.

 
This is the gauzy cotton I picked up while doing the fabric store walk with Wendy’s  sewing Meetup group.  Unfortunately, I can’t remember what store.  If I still have the receipt, I’ll take a look at it tonight.  I am going to use it for Rae’s summer top sew along

cotton-brown-dots-with-flocking2

 

These three fabrics from Purl’s online store are to be used for Jack at some point.  Not sure what yet, but they are perfect little boy prints and orange is his favorite color (just like his grandfather — are favorite colors encoded in our genes too?!?!).  The orange cotton will most likely be a lining for whatever I make with the other two.planets3rockets

Jack's fabric's with orange cotton lining

Jack's fabric's with orange cotton lining

 

And I also increased the pattern stash this month when the latest Club BMV $4.99 sale was on.  These won’t be made up anytime soon as I don’t have good enough sewing chops, but I can’t wait for that day to come.

McCalls 5847

McCalls 5847

Vogue 1027

Vogue 1027

Vogue 8182

Vogue 8182

Vogue 8379

Vogue 8379

Vogue 8489

Vogue 8489

New York City Sewing & Fabric Shopping Meetup Group!

I don’t think I mentioned this before, but I became a member of the New York City Sewing and Fabric Shopping Meetup group sometime last fall.  I haven’t been able to make any previous meetings, but I went to my first meetup yesterday and had a blast.  A special thanks to my best friend Cayce for babysitting Jack so I could do so.  Wendy of West 38th hosts the group and I love her blog.  She makes the most beautiful clothes for her nieces and nephew as well as herself.  She was wearing the most fabulous skirt with what looked like pintucks, but were actually constructed using twin needles (if I heard her correctly).  So cool. 

We went to a bunch of fabric stores that are open on Sundays (not many of them are) and shopped.  I bought 3 yds of some gauzy cotton with a mod brown and tan circles pattern on white with some flocking — very cute and for only $7/yd.  We also went to M&J Trimming too, but I didn’t need anything there really.  Then Mica from Sewnista in the Making and I took off and visited my local store, P&S Fabrics, for notions for me and some basic fabric for her.  I thought I would be the only person who would bother to trek down there, but apparently I’m not!   I met some really great people, all in various stages of their sewing careers, beginners to experts.  We shared tips, new techniques, places to shop and I found out about the classes at FIT.  Apparently, being a NY resident gives me a significant discount and the classes are supposed to be awesome.  I might have to investigate that. 

The notions I bought were for my spring/summer blouse project I’m working on for the sew along so I could whip up the muslin.  I forgot that P&S closes Friday afternoons for the Jewish Sabbath, so I walked there for nothing on Friday night after work.  😦  The single fold bias tape I bought confuses me.  It says it’s single fold and yet there are two folds.  How does that work???  I will post a picture of my fun new fabric later tonight.  I didn’t have time to do so yesterday, but that’s a tale for another post…