The last month at work has been all about an upcoming deadline, which happens to be this Thursday. My life has been all about writing, writing, writing. But, yesterday, my boss informed me that the deadline was pushed back a month. I let out a sigh of relief and then totally shut down. I’d been pushing so hard, my body decided it needed a break from work. I took a walk to see the chickens that live nearby work, left the lab at 5 pm (early for me!), and hopped on a train to the city.
The timing couldn’t have been any more perfect. I’d had my eye on the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook Launch Party in San Francisco for the past week, and I’d even done my best to let other local bloggers know that I was going to try to be there so it wouldn’t be so awkward introducing myself to people that I shouldn’t know but did know thanks to the wonderful internets.
I was giddy as I got off the train and walked the few blocks to the party. BurdaStyle outdid themselves hosting at the amazing TechShop, a public workshop with laser cutters, industrial sewing machines, and just about everything a crafty, make-it-yourself kind of person would want. You could build anything there. Seriously.
It was a wonderful party. ModCloth had us looking for mismatching socks, nose rings, and patterned tights; Britex was showing off their craftiness with an amazing wool felt. And, best of all were the sewing bloggers that I got to meet – in real life.
I met Ali of The Wardrobe Reimagined, with her fabulous purple cords that I knew I recognized. Who needs patterns, right? She had a friend with her who had just made her first A-line skirt, and I hope to hear that that friend keeps sewing.
I also met Natasha of All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go, who was wearing the most gorgeous lace dress. After seeing the obvious talent that went into making her dress, it’s no wonder BurdaStyle asked her to be a part of their book.
Meg of Made by Meg was also there showing off her knack for bringing out the best in knits. Her infectious smile was further proof that sewing bloggers are some of the best people around.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Mena of the Sew Weekly. I bailed on the Gatsby Day after getting sick and not having enough time to sew (how she sews a Gatsby-era dress (or three!) in a day is beyond me!), so I was glad to finally have the chance to introduce myself last night. The Sew Weekly is really the reason I know about sewing blogs. I stumbled upon it a few months after starting to sew myself, and the rest is history. As you’d expect, Mena gives out the greatest business cards. The front of the card has two buttons sewn to it, and the back of the card explains who she is and where we met. She was wearing her Hips-Don’t-Lie dress, and showed us how she can get a dress that fitting to pass the Mena test. Too funny. Mena also had a friend with her who sounded like she’d been sewing for a while. As someone who’s only been sewing for a year, it’s inspirational to see how far the hobby can go with time and experience.
I also met a new-to-me blogger: Jessica from A Yen for Craft. She was not only showing off a handmade skirt but also a beautiful orange sweater that she knit herself. I laughed and told my husband (who joined me later in the evening and was my ride home) that he better watch out because I was getting inspired to pick up another time consuming hobby. I will learn to knit one of these days.
There were many, many more people last night, and it was motivating to see how many people are excited by sewing and craftiness in the Bay Area alone. I’m a big fan of BurdaStyle, and I hope their Sewing Handbook brings them much success.