Wednesday, March 28, 2018

So I Bought the Most Possible Fabric...

:) Are you ready?! LOL!!!!

Last year I thought the Sew Camp looked like a great idea. And this year knew I wanted to go. I'd reminded myself to look into it but forgot until Carolyn mentioned it. Because it was cheaper (and I mean, why not?!) for me to fly into New York than PA, I decided to add a day at the start of the trip. Well...I ended up adding 2. Sort of.

Another Nor'easter was heading for the east coast and I got out just ahead of the storm. I was able to spend about half a day Wednesday and half a day Thursday in NYC.

I visited M & J Trimming before everything shut down Wednesday. I went to see Stomp! on Broadway that night as well. I used LYFT for the first time ever. I'm all grown-up now! :-p

Thursday we had to move up our train down to PA and were able to visit Mood, Pacific Trimming, Metro Textiles and stopped in a couple of other places.

I got made fun of for my Minnesotan-self wearing a lightweight jacket, which was open most of the morning btw, when it was supposedly "cold". :-p

Friday morning we headed to Fabric Mart wherein we spent HOURS (3-4) shopping, laughing, and having a great time. 

Seriously. If you order from them online you HAVE to visit the store at some point. It was really awesome. And, do not let those bags fool you. MOST of us shipped the bulk of our fabric home! :)

One of my fave pics from the weekend!

Carriage Corner Bed & Breakfast is really a fantastic, homey, cozy place. They've decorated beautifully, the food was *AMAZING*, and sew camp is now definitely a once a year plan for me. I was able to finish 4 items (my knit items were hemmed when I got home):

Ottobre 2/2018 top and dress 
Burda 7/2017 pants
McCall's 7627 top for my daughter

I was going to save this for the end but who wants to end wonderfulness with not-so-wonderfulness? Not me! My daughter had a fender bender in my tiny blue car. Sadface. It is currently with the body shop for like, EVER! (or 5-7 business days but, whatev...) She is okay which is what matters.

Moving on!

I snagged some wonderful items while at the B&B; handmade (gorgeous!) wood clapper and shoulder press stand...and through conversations and what not I also managed to order an Ott Lite, Seam Fix seam ripper and Betzina's Fast Fit book from Amazon while we were sitting at our sewing machines! :) I also had the (mis)pleasure (haha! Only because they are so out of my budget right now!!) of using a Huskylock and Bernina serger. Swoon. I love my Brother but yeah, those are definite upgrades. 

And then we had these in our bathrooms to use and I brought a couple home because black makeup towel, marked makeup is TOO cute to pass up!


The first piece of fabric I decided to buy, at Mood

Mood is as overwhelming as you'd think it would be. It's a several hours trip in itself. I can totally see it being the place to shop for something special but not my everyday stash-mania type of store :)

Top: lightweight striped denim, heavier double sided striped denim
Bottom: hand painted tweed suiting, navy wool suiting that's pre interfaced

Next up was Metro Textiles

Much smaller but well curated and Kashi knows his stuff.

Top: Kelly green silk charmeuse, black silk georgette
Bottom: polka-dot silk chiffon, awesome "shingled" white woven

Left: All 3 are a heavy, drapey, super fantastic rayon crepe suiting. I saw the white first and "good" white fabric is hard to come by so I knew I needed. Then I saw the fuchsia and then he showed me the black. DOH! I got 3 yds white, 2 yds black, 1 yd pink

Right: navy tonal suiting, print cotton pique woven, light gray suiting with a little shimmer (hard to capture in a photo)

Kashi found this navy acetate lining for me for my Mood suiting (I snagged 4 yards because I really like the polkadots!)

And I had a swatch of my trench coat fabric and Kashi chose this lining. It's perfect!! 

And then Fabric Mart!!!! 

It was really cool to see the store and get a feel for how things are done. I'm amazed at what all they do with the staff size. I spied a bolt of shirting that I wanted but it was waiting to make it to the website. It's there now...and I'm assuming P-Z will be on sale tomorrow wherein I will buy it. Never mind what I have now. NEVER MIND IT!!!! :-p

Top: precut woven orange with gold stripes (LOVE!), rayon challis (I bought 2 of these 2 yard cuts), rayon challis paisley print (I think 2 or 3 of us got this one)
Bottom: precut rayon crepe challis(!), cotton voile, polyester blouse weight, printed blouseweight woven (I haven't checked the composition of it). The print runs through the center with solid navy on either side.

The orange is a Cotton & Steel print designed by Melody Miller. I love fun selvedges!

The most uneventful photo ever??
Top: camel (it doesn't look like it at all!) wool blend suiting, striped cotton rayon suiting (!), polkadot sweatshirt fabric
Bottom: Kaufman cotton flannel (pjs!), pale pink shirting, light blue striped shirting, white cotton-lycra shirting

You may have seen this next piece on my Instagram (or someone elses! I think 4 of us bought it)...It's a beautiful panel print that's double sided and was just too fun to pass up. Even if I have no idea what to make from it.

And this one I went back and got towards the end, and had to pull stunts to get it home LOL! It's likely synthetic, is a pale blush color, and it's a panel. I feel like I asked for 4 panels but there's a LOT of it. Should be interesting!!!

Lastly, I was surprised by my own disinterest in knits this go round but...I snagged a couple.

Top: cotton knit in grey stripe (used for my Ottobre top), black floral jersey
Bottom: Navy floral double brushed knit, taupe sweater knit

 Pacific Trimming was everything!

And even though their pricing was better, I really liked M & J's selection.

Top 2 from Pacific, all others from M & J.
2nd photo on the right is for the 4/2018 Burda trench. I need another set of the small D-rings though

Ribbing and shoulder pads from Pacific, Stay Tape from Fabric Mart

3 pack of Style Arc patterns (all sizes included!) scored at Fabric Mart

I'm not sure how many yards I bought. I estimated 100 total when I was in FM but I don't think it's that much. Maybe 80. LMAO!

That was an epic post of epicness, right?! It was a really fun weekend and worth every penny I spent and all the sleepiness I'm now experiencing!

I have some reviews to do: S8601, Ottobre 2/2018 x2, M7627, my Burda coat...WHEW! Soon!


  1. WOW! It looks like you all had a blast! Yay! Happy sewing!

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  3. So much fun! Love this post great fabric choices

  4. WOW!!! How cool...a fabric explosion!?! I am tuned to look for your next blog! I am hooked! Sorry about your car.

  5. Amazing!! Don't you just want to snuggle in all of it?!! Oh the happiness of buying beautiful fabric. Glad you had such a great time and got some amazing pieces to add to your stash.

  6. So sorry to see your daughter was in a fender bender! I am glad she is ok. I love seeing all the goodies you came away with. I am sure you slept with a smile on your face!

  7. Really fun post...i got breathless reading it!

  8. I was there for all the fabric buying wonderfulness and I forgot how well you did. I'm not gonna say I told you so, but I'm thrilled that you got such amazing pieces and had such a wonderful time! Hopefully I will see you next June when you can get 2 full days in NYC, cause we missed some great places! Glad the car isn't too bad...

  9. Amazing! I need to get to FM one of these days.

  10. Great Haul! Will you give more info about this Sewing camp? I would be interested in attending next year!

  11. Seriously, you finished four items and had time for fabric shopping?!!! Did you ladies get any sleep? It looks like a fantastic time was had by all. Love that paisley print and the green silk is a beautiful shade of green. Oh and that "Fast Fit" book is one of my go-to reference books. Worth every penny. It was that book that helped me finally figure out how to fit a pants pattern to my weird body shape. Sorry to read about the car, but really relieved that your daughter is okay. You're right, that is all that's important. Wooo, that's a long comment.

    1. It was amazing!!! I am normally early to bed and early to rise. I was up late every night and still up early.

      I can't wait to dig into that book Graca!

  12. I'm so glad your daughter is alright even though your poor little car is quite smooshed.
    OMG so many goodies! I would have been totally exhausted after all that shopping & would have collapsed in the pile of fabric for days!
    Your very blessed

  13. wow! some real finds. I love that hand painted tweed fabric the most!

  14. How fun! I'd love to check out Sew Camp ... but maybe in warmer weather so I don't have to invest in such things as coats, gloves, etc. :-) Sorry about your car but happy your daughter is safe!

  15. OMG! That looks like SO much fun! I do not know anyone else in "real life" who sews and there's nowhere to shop for fabric and notions out here in the middle of nowhere, where I live.

    1. It is so fantastic to sew with people. I hope you find some in-person sewing peeps!

  16. Wow! What a haul. If I could go to Sew Camp, I definitely would! <3 <3 Sounds wonderful!

  17. Hello, my first time reading your blog. Sorry about your car and sew glad your daughter is ok. Where is this Sew Camp? And are the places you shopped have online sites? Your fabric haul is beautiful, wish I was there. Looking forward to hearing from you. Blessings.

    1. I linked to the camp and yes, all of those stores have websites.

  18. BeBe Oliver; For the above Unknown. Thanks

  19. Love the Jacinta knit dress pattern. I made a similar dress, many years ago, in a striped woven fabric (maybe red/white seersucker?) and it was so slimming and comfortable to wear. Still searching for the pattern as, of course, I don't have a clue who released it (but either Simplicity, McCalls, Butterick, or Vogue) and it was +-30 years ago.

  20. THis looks like so much fun! All of your fabric selections are fabulous, I can’t wait to see what you make.

  21. What fun!!! I have sewist envy because it looks like the perfect getaway! Enjoy all that gorgeousness and glad your daughter is ok.

  22. It was so great to meet you in person! Ya'll she's super funny and down to earth too! I learned a ton and can't wait till next year! Next time, I'll bring the snacks and buy one of everything you buy too, you got the deals!!!!

  23. This sounds like SOOO much fun! I joined the mailing list for next year. =)

    I'm glad you enjoyed the camp. Your sewing is on fire!

  24. You purchased such great fabrics and sewed terrific garments during sew camp - so inspiring! It was a real pleasure to meet you and have a chance to sew, shop, and visit with you and all of the other talented and lovely women who were there.

  25. Reading this was like reliving my buying trip to NYC a few years ago. I remember the Trim store. Happy Creating.

  26. The red and black suiting and the black and white panels are TO DIE FOR. You lucky girl, you! I would so love to do this, maybe next time.


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