Monday, March 07, 2016

SewExpo 2016 ~ Saturday

Now that I'm home and I'm thinking back on my weekend, I flew cross country to fabric shop!  That's it in a nutshell...


Yes, I got to meet other wonderful sewists. Yes, I got to spend time with my West Coast Posse. Yes, I got to spend quality time with Gaylen but the essence of my trip is that I flew 2,841.6 miles to fabric shop. I've got a problem! *LOL*

So let's start at the beginning. I've already detailed my Friday fabric shopping in Seattle.  Saturday we got up bright and early cause Pulluyap is quite a drive from Gaylen's and we had to pick up Niema too. The three of us headed off to the Sew Expo.


I had a mission. Seriously, I wanted to touch and buy fabric from Marcy Tilton's booth. We get to Pulluyap and enter through the Blue Gate and what is before my eyes?! The Marcy Tilton booth! I kid you not it was destined...

First some instructions...no drooling on your keyboard cause there is some serious fabric p*rn coming up. Two - I've linked to pieces that are still on Marcy's site but I am not responsible for you spending your mortgage money there! Three - this is a judgment free zone...cause I bought a lot of fabric. Okay let the show begin.

When we stepped into the booth this is the first piece we saw...


...and I had to have it. It wasn't until we got to the cutting table that we saw the inside which I like soooooooo much better!


It's a panel print. I bought two panels to make a topper. See I have a plan!

Next are two linen prints and these are prints! Such a difference from the staid professional prints I use to buy. Don't forget this is where I bought the fruit salad print last year which I used to make this outfit...and there was still some in the booth this year!


I love florals and this is just a luscious all over midweight floral linen

This linen print starts out black & white and ends up colorized! 
Love, love, love this piece!

I will make shift dresses with these. Casual dresses that I can throw on with a pair of keds or my slip on wedge sandals to look put together but not too fancy for my day job. 

Gaylen and I were digging through the bolts when Niema showed us this silk charmeuse panel print.  Be still my heart!



Niema bought some and is using hers to line a coat...that girl has outerwear on the brain! Me, I want to make a tunic like bow tie blouse with the print around the bottom. It should be simple but stunning!

More there is more...these two fabrics were laying side by side in the back of the booth and I had to have them...



In my head I see a high low top in the white print and slim pants in the black print. I don't know if I'm bold enough to make it but wouldn't that be an awesome outfit!

A couple yards of this and the fabric pile was getting high! However, there was a woman standing near the cutting table pulling remnants out of a box under the table. She was pulling out the most interesting pieces of fabric. Now this isn't the basket that Marcy had of 3 pieces that would work together to make one of her creative tops.  No this was just a remnant basket and I stopped to riffle through it and of course I touched something I didn't want to leave behind.



While this was a total impulse purchase, it is a simple knit that will make a great short version of McCalls 6559. You know I plan on adding a few more of these to my summer wardrobe because they wore so well last year.

I was done because I was on such a fabric high that I was bouncing off the sides of the booth but I then laid my eyes on this...

Now I'd seen it on the website prior to coming to Expo but I didn't realize it was a reversible panel...so 2 panels had to come with me too! Okay don't make piggy noises at me. I flew 2,841.6 miles on United to shop...so shop I did! *LOL* But c'mon aren't these amazing pieces of fabric?! Won't they just elevate my sewing to the next level! Cause simple shapes deserve amazing pieces of fabric...I got a million of these rationalizations for the fabric I bought!

In the midst of this fabric orgy, I spoke to Marcy and we took pictures together...I was S-E-R-I-O-U-S-L-Y fangirling!!!


I'll be honest at this point I was ready to leave. Hey I wanted to go back to Gaylen's pet my fabric and dream of what they could be...but I'd promised a few people that I would stop by their booths and see them.

So our first stop was the Simplicity booth to say hi to Deb!  I have no idea how I have no picture with her...must be that lingering fabric hangover! hahahahaha!



Along the way we also stopped by the Smuggler's Daughter and saw Susan the owner.


Yeah I bought a piece here too but it's all Michele's (That Black Chic) fault. She made this awesome trench coat from this fabric so I had to have some!


I'm making a cute summer skirt with mine since I only got two yards! I have to tell you it was awesome meeting Susan and talking to her about how she started her fabric business. Also, it was really nice to see some of her wares in person!

Tired yet? Overwhelmed? Well think about me carrying all of that Marcy fabric around! *LOL*  Niema and Gaylen wanted to see the Vogue Fashion Fabrics booth. I was game - hey it was more fabric! I have to admit that when I got there nothing was calling my name. So I was standing around the cutting table and I saw a woman cutting some of this ~


...and I had to have a piece! But c'mon it's an amazing border print eyelet. Seriously that is fabric nirvana! I was lurking so hard to get the bolt when the woman was done that the cutter was getting nervous. *LOL* However, I ended up with the bolt - yes! Gaylen then saw it and wanted a piece so it made it's way down the line of waiting women. I don't think that bolt made it back to the racks!

I'm still lurking because Gaylen and Niema are still shopping. I mean I can't complain they waited while I spent ALL of my money at Marcy's...and I see one of the Vogue guys disappear into this curtained area.  Then he comes back lugging like four rolls of fabric. Miss Johnny on the spot asks if they are new bolts going into the rack....ummmmm no! They belonged to a waiting woman who explains to me that she'd put them on hold the day before. Wait, what you could hold fabric?!  Stop the presses...I got some issues with that UNTIL she says I don't want it all you can have some.

That's how Gaylen and I ended up with this luscious polyester print...


Now don't judge because this is one of those amazing polyesters that feel like a silk. It has a great hand, great colors, and a great price...so we bought it.

The final piece I bought at the Vogue booth was this cute little rayon print that called out to me "take me home and make a peasant top out of me!" So who was I to dash it's hopes and dreams...plus it will make the cutest top.


The best thing about these pieces were that all three were only $3.99 a yard. Can't beat that right?!

We had lunch with Gillian from Vogue Pattern Magazine and then we took in the fashion shows - The Tilton Sisters show which is up on Marcy's blog and Patti Palmer & Melissa Watson presented the Vogue Patterns show. Of course, I saw a few patterns made up that I'd passed over and now want. The show always does that to me!

After the show we went by the McCalls Pattern booth ~
Kathy Marone, Gillian and myself

Me and Kathy!

We also visited the Pendleton Wool booth but since I still have last year's pieces unsewn in the collection, I didn't purchase anything here.  I did, however, touch the new Baby Lock sewing machines - oh man they were beautiful! I avoided the Janome booth because of that!!!

One other fabric spot that we visited was Billie's where Niema and Gaylen purchased fabric.  Very pretty pieces but I really was done fabric shopping at this point. I had no imagination left for new purchases.

But I wasn't the only one fangirling! We stopped in Pamela's Patterns booth and Gaylen had a moment with Pamela. I can't blame her because she looks amazing in Pamela's Magic Pencil Skirt.


After that, it was time to leave to get ready to attend the ASG banquet where Carolyne Cafaro, Senior Vice President, Creative Director at McCalls, was the guest speaker.


She gave a great talk about the process of designing patterns across all four brands and she answered every question that was posed to her during the question and answer portion with humor and grace.

It was a great way to end the day.  Yes, if you've made it this far you've come to the end of the fabric orgy...but I had an amazing time! It's an awesome experience to be around so many people who are compelled to cut flat folded fabric up to either make a quilt or a garment. It's wonderful to see all of the vendors in one place and to meet readers of the blog!

Becky was so sweet she stopped me to introduce herself!

Thank you to everyone who introduced yourself. It truly was a pleasure to meet you. But most especially thank you to Gaylen and Niema who put up with me once again...y'all know what I mean! *LOL*

I'm not sure if I will be going to Sew Expo next year...not because it isn't an amazing experience more because it's been crossed off my bucket list. Now I need to cross a few other sewing related things off of it!

There is one more post about Sew Expo. I split them in two because this is super long and post heavy as it is.

...as always more later!










79 comments:

  1. Hi Carolyn, I went to Sewing Expo too on Thursday and Friday, and here is what I said, "I didn't come here to save money!" I bought a little Janome to take to sewing events, fabric, patterns and took classes. OMG!! I learned SO MUCH!!

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    1. Mary - you are right don't go if you want to save money! *LOL*

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  2. I was so inspired by the fashion shows and so very, very frustrated today!! I spent all weekend trying to alter a single pattern. I eventually wadded everything into a ball and tossed it in the trash. The pattern might be next - just saying. I'm hoping I get to actually put my new Kai scissors to use cutting fabric soon. g

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  3. I loved this post! What an exciting thing to go to a Sewing Expo, and how I'd love to do it. Now, how many miles would it be to fly across the Pacific.....hmmmm. Love your fabrics, every single one. The prints with buildings are amazing! I have always loved floral linen, which we don't often see around here. Looking forward to seeing what you turn out from the sewing cave from this collection :)

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    1. I googled it to see how many miles I flew! I will start working on these fabrics as soon as I've finished making the little girl dresses I'm working on now.

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  4. We went to all the same booths! I nearly bought your daisy print from the Smuggler's Daughter, but I wound up with the black and white and coral floral instead. Good haul!

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  5. Oh wow, looks so amazing! Love all the fabrics you've bought - how could you not buy loads with all that temptation!

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    1. Kristy - AND I STOPPED MYSELF! I could have bought lots more but where would I store it!?!

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  6. When I win the lottery, I'm so going to the Sewing Expo! Lol. This is my idea of a dream vacation.

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    1. It is a really good time! I think you can go without winning the lottery though!

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  7. If I were fabric I would know I had gone to a good home. : )

    Awesome purchases. Love the yellow pieces.

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    1. Thank you JuliaRu - it is safe and in a good place where it will be well taken care of!

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  8. Oh you lucky woman !! Those fabrics look so luscious. I especially love the reversible stripes with flower border. I need to go there !!

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    1. Diana - that piece is sooooo awesome. Everyone at Expo was looking at it and petting it! I'm so glad it came home to stay with me.

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  9. how i wish i could have seen your face when you walked into the tilton booth!!! you must have been ready to FAINT.

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    1. and ps, YES, i want to see all of those outfit, especially that hi-lo pants combo. that would rock.

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    2. Yes, it does need to be a pants outfit like you envisioned. The contrast will look sharp and very urban with all those buildings in the print.

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    3. Marce - I was like a little kid on Christmas morning when the toy she'd been hoping Santa would bring her was actually under the tree!

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  10. That fabric is FANTASTIC. Love the hi-lo idea!

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  11. What a wonderful time you had - I am living vicariously through you! Can't wait to see what you make with all your lovely fabric choices - enjoy!!

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    1. Rachel - thanks! I didn't forget that I owe you something. It's warm this week so I will take myself down to the post office.

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  12. Wow what a fabulous haul! I visit Marcy's site often and purchase some of their fabrics but I imagine seeing them in person is a whole different story than online viewing. Karen

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    1. Karen - you know how when you're on the site you know you're in fabric nirvana. Well the booth is two notches above that!

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  13. You just have to make that outfit you described with the black and white architectural print. It would be so great. Sounds like you had a great time and you did convey all your pleasure in the visit to your readers. Thank you.

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  14. It is very fun to meet Katherine or Marcy Tilton, they act as if you are already a friend of theirs even if you are not a famous blogger.

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  15. It was so great to see you in Marcy's booth, Carolyn. I love the fabrics you bought and your ideas. That one linen that is black and white with red, well Marcy posted a video on her Facebook page with Diane Erickson choosing fabrics to go with that linen. It is pretty cool to watch. What a great sewing vacay you had (the best kind!!!)

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    1. Paula it was good to see you too. I'm going to check out the post cause that piece is so awesome.

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  16. So great to meet you at the SewExpo! I enjoyed every minute of it, especially getting to meet sewistas like you. Can't wait to see what you sew with the fabric that came from The Smuggler's Daughter's booth!

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  17. Hahahaha -- no judgement from me. I flew to Barcelona with a shopping list!! And, if you are going to fly over 2800 miles to go fabric shopping, I certainly would be another one who would make the trip pay. The one thing I'm shocked about is that you had to walk around carrying all of that stuff. You mean that the Expo doesn't have sparkly young people around to bag/label and take the fabric off your hands to store and if you'd like, ship it for you so that it's home when you get there?

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    1. Helene - they actually do have a checked baggage area. I just didn't want to let go of my treasures!

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  18. Oh Carolyn!! What a beautiful stack of gorgeous clothes to be! And you are not the only one who travels across the US on a plane to buy fabric. I LIVE in Seattle and I could go to Sew Expo and sleep in my own bed! But twice I have flown across the country to buy fabric in your territory, in the Garment District! It is a noble endeavor. I hope I can meet you in person some time either in my territory or yours. (OR we could go across the Atlantic to shop for fabric in Paris or London).

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    1. Claire R - what a great description! And I'm sure you've enjoyed both trips to the Garment District!

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  19. Oh that polyester print, second to last! I died. Seriously. Died. That is gorgeous, I wouldn't have been able to leave without a piece of it either! Cannot WAIT to see what you do with it!

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    1. Schmoomom - when it came out of the back I knew I had to have some so we bought all that was left on the bolt. No passing that bolt down the line!

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  20. Score! You got some amazing pieces. It won't be long and they will be amazing garments.

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    1. Thanks Vicki - I'm looking forward to sewing them up!

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  21. I have far too much unsewn material, and only went into the Tilton booth this year because of your post last year. If I had bought that silk sketch panel, I would never cut it, it would just hang on the wall and I would pet it now and then. I should have placed bets with Marci about the linen floral and you; but who would have bet against it?
    Looking forward to more details!

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    1. SJ - nah I'm cutting that silk as soon as I can. I think in a tunic over some leggings will go a long way towards making me feel like myself.

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  22. Sew jealous! :-). Fabric, fun and fellowship...does it get any better?! You got some fabulous fabrics! A worthy trip! Way to go!

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    1. Terri - I've felt jealous like that when I've read others accounts. You should definitely go it's so much fun.

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  23. Thanks for coming all the way to Seattle again for another Sew Expo. I'm sorry I had to miss the Expo (I was hoping to be one of those people who goes EVERY year!), but I'm glad we at least got lunch together. Enjoy all of your new fabric. You must be so inspired!

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    1. Amy - it was sooooooo good to see you! I will probably be back just not for Sew Expo and I will make sure to see you then.

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  24. Oooh, THANKS for you post, Carolyn! I was sorry to miss it this year, but enjoyed it vicariously through your post!! I do hope to go in 2017, but it's not quite so far for me. Now, why don't you come to Paris this fall with the Tiltons! That's my next bucket list item. ;)

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    1. I would love to go to Paris and even talked to Marcy about it but I can't swing that this year. I'm so jelly that you and Margy are going!

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  25. What an awesome fabric orgy and fangirl fun.

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  26. O.K., all I can do is sighhhhhh.... just want to touch fabric!

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  27. Thank you for this update. I felt like I was reliving the trip again through you. AND what awesome fabric you purchased!

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  28. Loved,loved seeing all your beautiful fabric !!! I went last year & had a ball.
    Can't wait to see all your future garments !!! Nothing like the sewist handshake -aka- touching fabric in person !!!

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    1. MaryEllen - thanks! The fabric is so wonderful and hopefully will be made up into garments soon.

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  29. Oh my, I think you did an excellent job of restraining yourself, especially considering where you were! What beautiful fabrics you found, but you always have a great eye for color and design. I'm planning to go next year, so I will be sad to miss you if you don't attend as well. However, I'll probably be in NYC this summer, so perhaps we can meet up!

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    1. Tanya - you have to let me know when you're coming. I will definitely make time to see you!

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  30. Fabulous fabric. I have got to attend an expo. Maybe next year. Loved your post, you make fabric come alive. :)

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    1. Yes, yes, you do! I encourage everyone to go to one they really are fun.

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  31. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I love your fabric haul from Expo! Lovely fabrics to become lovely garments in the future.

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  32. Looks like you had a fantastic weekend. I have a serious urge to go fabric shopping now - I absolutely love that silk panel print and the b/w to colour printed linen. Great finds!

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    1. Thanks Allison - now I have to figure out how to get to Hong Kong and fabric shop with you!!!

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  33. Which ASG chapter do you belong to? I am on the national board for ASG and love it when folks talk about what they have done with ASG. I hope to get to Puyallup in the next few years. I have to aim for that because Paris won't happen until...never. Maybe after I retire in 10+ years.

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    1. I was a guest of Gaylen and Niema who belong to their ASG chapter in Washington. I'm sorry but I'm not an ASG member. I registered one year but didn't really like the group which was also far from the house. You should definitely go. I've really enjoyed it both years even though I didn't take one class!

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  34. You always find enviable fabric Carolyn!

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  35. I know an addict when I see one and you are one! I drooled all over my keyboard when I saw your fabric. It is all so beautiful. If you live 200 hundred years you will never sew all the fabric in your cave, but who cares. Each piece is like a friend that tells it's own story. I was so inspired by your purchases that I placed my first order with Fabric Mart today. Happy sewing and congrats on your super weight loss. You look good.

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  36. Sneaky! I didn't realize you took my picture at the Vogue Fabrics booth. I believe Gaylen was giving me crap for only buying one piece of fabric.

    Ahh, memories :-)

    It was great to see you again. I look forward to seeing what you do with all that beautiful fabric.

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  37. Wowza! Love your choices! Great post Carolyn!

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  38. I am coveting that stripe/floral material!!
    You've a great set of souvenirs (as I like to call them) right there.

    I'd love to know how many people behind you in the queue then went on to purchase material you were buying - for fear of seeing a subsequent amazing outfit on here and thinking "I was there, I could have had that fabric!". I would have done that A LOT, haha

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  39. Thanks for sharing your spoils and meet ups.

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  40. You must make the white and black prints top and pants. I'm still regretting a similar outfit (cream print top and navy print skirt) that I didn't buy nearly 30 years ago, lol. Your fabric choices are beautiful.

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  41. This Expo is on my bucket list too! Thanks for the review it's good to know it's worth the trip! I just took a pants class with Pamela Leggett in January - she's super sweet and shares her sewing and fitting knowledge.

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  42. Wow you did purchase some simply gorgeous fabrics and so glad that we managed to bump into each other as the day finished.

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  43. It was so nice to meet you!

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