Sew Expo Recap 2015

Sew Well at the Sew Expo

It’s been quite a month. I’ve had two family members in the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital for different issues and an incredibly stressful science paper deadline that was compounded by lots of drama from my co-authors. Couple that with an amazing baby girl who just found her legs, and my days have been more than full! I haven’t turned on my sewing machine since my last post, which marks my longest dry spell since starting to sew back in 2010. Any hope that I might have been able to pull together an AlterSWAP (alternative Sewing with a Plan challenge) on the Stitcher’s Guild site is long since gone. Even the two projects on my sewing table – my husband’s plaid shirt and my silk/wool jacket – have just been collecting dust.

What my sewing needed was a boost! And, thankfully, this year’s Sewing and Stitchery Expo couldn’t have come at a better time!

Back before things got crazy, I’d looked into the classes at this year’s Expo. Last year I had a lot of fun going to a full day’s worth of classes, but I felt like I missed out on some of the social aspects of the Expo since I couldn’t join Helena of Gray All Day and Leah of Away I Sew! when they were exploring the vendor tables since I only had a few minutes break between each class.  But, I still thought a class or two would be fun. Unfortunately, when I went to sign up on the first morning online registration was open, the class I really wanted to take – Collars and Lapels with Pamela Leggett – was already sold out! I hadn’t prepared a plan B, so I ended up not signing up for anything.

In the weeks leading up to the Expo, I’d heard from a number of other friends that they were also going to be there on Saturday, so my loose plan for the day was to start at the “Vogue, Butterick, McCall’s & Kwik Sew Patterns 2015 Wear Now Fashion & Palmer/Pletsch Sewing and Styling Tips by Melissa Watson” free fashion show and then see where that took me.

The fashion show was interesting. I liked seeing all of the garments made up and being worn by real people, but I wasn’t sure how to best take advantage of the show. Perhaps if I’d brought a pen I could have written down my flashes of inspiration or some of the sewing tips being shared by Melissa Watson? Since I hadn’t, I just sat back and enjoyed the show.

Afterwards, I briefly ran into Suzanne, who I met last year at the meet up I hosted at my house, and Missy of Missy’s Craft Journal, who I met last summer at a fitting meet up and who was also at the meet up I hosted at my house.

Then I saw a huge group of familiar faces all sitting together…

…Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic (read her recap of the day here and here), who had flown all the way from the east coast and who I’ve wanted to meet ever since we were a part of the Mood Sewing Network together;

…gMarie of gMarie Sews, who I also met last year at the meet up I hosted at my house;

…MaLora of Bird and Bicycle, who I would have sworn I’d met before (even though I hadn’t!) because we’d been talking about getting together ever since I moved to Seattle;

…Melizza of Pincushion Treats, who I’ve been following since before she moved to the Bay Area (sadly, around the time I left), and I was ever so happy when she announced she was moving to the Seattle area;

…and Niema of Wearable Muslin, who I had briefly met back at the great sewing giveaway.

As we were chatting, J of Toile and Trouble joined our group. Another Seattle sewing blogger I’d been hoping to meet!

The seven of us headed off together to explore the vendors.  One of our first stops was the  Marcy Tilton booth, where we ran into Gertie of Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing.

Then, while we were shopping for fabric at Vogue, we ran into Shams of Communing with Fabric, who I hadn’t seen in person since I left the Bay Area.

We met quite a number of other people as well, but since I didn’t think to bring a pen, I wasn’t able to write down any of their names.  If you were there and said hello, let me know in the comments!

While we were shopping, I was keeping my eye out for Helena of Gray All Day, Maris of Sew Maris, and my friend Yvonne, but our path’s didn’t cross. I later learned that Helena wasn’t even there that day and that I’d somehow missed Maris at the Vogue show earlier that morning. As for Yvonne, I just have to hope that she had so much fun that she’ll want to come back next year (nudge, nudge!).

Being around other people who love sewing was so inspirational.  My day at the Sew Expo motivated me to move sewing and blogging back up my list of priorities.  In the past few days, I’ve cleaned my sewing area and dusted off my current sewing projects, and now I’m writing my first blog post in over a month. At this rate I might even have a finished project here soon!

10 thoughts on “Sew Expo Recap 2015

  1. I was there , but got shy about approaching your group at lunch . Kicking myself now as you all appear very approachable . I was there for 4 days & most of my classes were good . I did manage to find some time to shop , but as you said came home sooooo inspired !
    Love your blog & thanks for introducing me to some new ones to follow 😄😜

  2. It was so great to meet you IRL since we’ve talked so much! I knew we were kinda crazy to walk around the Expo with but I’m so glad that you hung with us!

  3. I’m one of the people,who came up to the group near the Vogue fabrics area to introduce myself. It was so fun to meet you all in person! Norma

  4. I KNEW I was missing all the blogger fun while I cleaned up vomit! I’m glad you had so much fun and got to shop this time. And meet so many cool people! So, what did you buy? I hope I see you soon!

  5. I wish I wasn’t half way around the world so I could attend too!
    Just a tip from someone who often gets stuck without a pen, if you have a smartphone, use the notes app to take notes, write down names etc. The added benefit being there’s no paper to lose (or for a baby to rip up!).

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