Monday, March 1, 2010

Sew Expo report

 
Vogue Fabrics at Sew Expo

I spent all day Saturday at Sew Expo. Even though it's only 45 minutes from Seattle, it was my first time attending. I didn't take any classes, rather, I spent much of the day wandering through the vendors in the showplex. I'll be honest with you, the vendors are very much dominated by quilting and embroidery companies. The garment sewing is there, it just felt very few and far between. That was secondary though, because the main reason I went was to meet up with sewing friends!

Here we are at lunch, left to right, Cheryl, Deepika, Annika, Jacqui, and me.


Naturally, we all inspected each other's clothes to see who made what. Here's Jacqui in the fabulous new Lady Grey jacket by Colette Patterns, and Deepika in her awesome Jalie jeans and Burda magazine top 10-2005-114 (I used the same collar piece on the dress that I was wearing that day!).

Of course we had to try on Jacqui's Lady Grey...

 

I am so buying this pattern. And (in a few months) I'm making those Jalie jeans.

Nancy's Sewing Basket (my fave local fabric store) was there and had this dress on display, it's Vogue 1152, the new Rebecca Taylor pattern, done in a vintage-print cotton lawn. Just gorgeous.

In the afternoon, I met Alden from BurdaStyle! Left to right are Beth (member of the Seattle BurdaStyle Sewing Club), me, Alden, and Cheryl (also member of the Seattle BurdaStyle Sewing Club).


Alden was wearing the Shakira RESTYLE that she recently modeled for the website. She was fun to talk to, and what an awesome job she has.

I didn't buy too much stuff, I mostly stuck to my plan, which was to purchase some Kai pinking shears. I was also on the hunt for some trench coat buttons, but there wasn't anything appropriate at Expo. I also bought a half yard of Japanese print cotton for making potholders, and from Professional Sewing Supplies (a local business - no website but they do mail order and sell to other businesses) a nice big piece of wax and some white bias woven fusible tape (I have some in black and I use it all the time in my shoulder seams on knits).

I was exhausted at the end of the day but it was so worth it!

18 comments:

didyoumakethat said...

That looks like so much fun. And I have an increasing desire to one day attempt the Lady Grey coat.

Vicki said...

I love the name of the Lady Grey coat. It is enough to make me want to make one :)

KID, MD said...

Looks like you had a great time! Maybe next year for me...

Nancy K said...

Looks like you all had a great time! You are looking fabulous and your due date must be approaching?

Rose said...

What fun! You look sooo good and happy! Yes, I like that Lady Grey Jacket. It's been cold enough in Florida to wear it!

seemommysew said...

So jealous! I got to go, but I have yet to meet any of my online friends there...maybe next year!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

What a fun day! You are looking gorgeous.

Erica B. said...

How fun! I'm going to the one in Atlanta.

Melissa said...

You said the exact reason I didn't go this year is because there is so much focus on everything but garment sewing. Glad you had a fun day with the PR girls!!!!!

Ann said...

Wish I had seen you there. I did get to see Deepika and Annika. I was there all 4 days and was very busy the whole time. True, there are a lot of the quilting and embroidery vendors but still lots of button, fabric, pattern, etc. companies to keep me excited. Lots of great classes and fashion shows plus too much money spent. Wish I could go every year. Ann

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

I so wish we had something like that where I live. Looks like it was lots of fun.

Reethi said...

I'm so envious.

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Sue said...

I am not surprised you were tired - I get tired after a day out like that and I am not preggers!
Looks like lots of fun - I have been following the Burdastyle website so it was interesting to see Alden there in her new outfit!

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Susan said...

You look amazing! What a great trip. You had a lot of restraint to stick to your plan of purchases. I think I would have gone bananas. lol

Sonja said...

Fun! We are relocating to the Seattle area from Minneapolis and I am on the hunt for what is happening in the local sewing scene. Excited that there is a Burda Style Sewing club!

Vianki said...

The expo was GREAT!!! You're totally right though- 80% quilter stuff. I did take some classes and the one thing I heard over and over and over was "serge!" .... woe is me, I have no serger! What's your take?

And btw-- it's just awesome to find a Seattle-based, young, sewing blog! I like your style and you're totally in my google reader now. :)