I. had. SO. much. FUN!
MPB Day was a blast (and that was without gunshots this year.)
I got there for the 11am visit to the FIT museum, to see the RetroSpective exhibit. First we stopped for pictures on the red carpet (ok, next to the red carpet) in the lobby of the FIT museum.
We started as 25 strong but this group grew throughout the day. I'd say a third of attendees were MPB Day alums.
The exhibit was small, the talking was loud, and pictures were prohibited. I met one of my blog followers, Mary, and we hit it off instantly. We were joined at the hip for the rest of the day. For someone I had never met before, we had so much to talk about!
Lunch was at Panera, and the pattern swap was on...
Then it was time to hit the garment district. Half of us followed Clio and her purple hair to Mood.
Here's Mary and the delight that is the knits aisle at Mood Fabrics
Me and my first love, I mean, the double knits section at Mood Fabrics
Suzanne saw Sandro (yes Sandro!), Uli and another PR alum during our visit there. I saw lots of fabric.
Then it was a blur: SIL Thread, Spandex House, Pacific Trimming, Chic Fabrics.
Express your love with rhinestones (Pacific Trimming)
Random truck (follow the jaywalking ladies on the left to SIL)
Mary and moi posing with the mannequin at Chic Fabrics
The day wound up at Bryant Park for show and tell (this is maybe a third of the group):
Me and Mr MPB himself!
I'm wearing M6078 (polka dot cowl top), NL6843 skirt, and the bag is S8331. I'm even wearing my own undies, but I didn't flash anyone.
Then Mary was going back to the train station but she readily agreed to procure doughnuts from Doughnut Plant first. I don't think I'd ever noticed the carrot doughnut before...or the banana one for that matter.
And then she agreed to take a later train so we could have dinner at Brgr (no need for vowels!)
On the right is their "shake shot": 5oz of milkshake. Clever idea.
Thanks for coming with me back to Chelsea, Mary! It was so fun getting to know you!
As far as what I bought, I only went $66 over budget. You know that bag that everyone made for the Super Online Sewing Match? I want to make it. I bought the swivel clips, webbing, D-rings, and had a zipper custom cut at Pacific Trimming (which is the BEST---they cut it on the balcony upstairs and then attach it to the end of a rope and lower it down to you while the guy yells out "zipper"...wish I took a pic of that). Only $1 to cut it to the right length. (The fabric is some kind of vinyl I bought in June at Kashi's with velosewer).
Zippers, piping, FOE from SIL Thread and Pacific Trimming:
All the fabric is from Mood except for the navy silk charmeuse from Chic:
Ivory silk organza (for the PR class on garment cloning, and a bit extra to use as a press cloth);
Navy Silk charmeuse
Black cotton and silk voile
Tan cotton jersey
Silver acetate and polyamide in center.
What I picked out of the pattern swap. I *love* that Vogue pattern!!! And am interested in the knit shirt on the right.
Thank you Peter for providing another opportunity for the sewing community to join together--see you next year!!