In the Haberman booth at the expo. I'm wearing a yet-to-be-blogged dress....
This was my sixth year attending the American Sewing Expo in Novi, MI so I feel like a conference veteran. I could write a whole novel about this weekend, but I will try to spare you (and me) and just give the highlights.
The high level summary is that the very best part of the weekend was when Anne and I visited Lynn at You Sew Girl Headquarters and descended on her closet like locusts, the second best part was taking Jennifer Stern's professional jeans construction class so that I could re-learn how to make the fly front zipper, and the third best part is something I will share with you in a week or so; I won't reveal it just now....
- Flew to Detroit from the Trenton-Mercer Airport, a small regional airport I had never flown from before. Yelp reviews revealed that this is a place you either love or hate and I am firmly on the side of deep love.
- Drove to Haberman Fabrics in Royal Oak.
- Met up with Anne of Sewing to Soothe My Soul and had dinner
- Had breakfast and lunch with Kristine of Just Keep Sewing and Anne
- chatted with Kathy from McCalls, Deborah from Simplicity, and Rhonda from Schmetz needles.
- Simplicity Fashion Show--that's the Mimi G coat--in denim!
- Jennifer Stern's Jean Construction class, where you make a sample with front pockets and a fly front zipper--Jennifer is a fabulous instructor: enthusiastic, upbeat, entertaining, wants everyone to leave happy and to not feel stressed during the class. Yes, I took her class in 2012 but I have not put a fly front zipper in since 2013 and wanted a refresher. She also streamlined her fly-front zipper instructions. Thank you Jennifer for a great class!!
- Dinner with Lynn and Anne
- shopping at the Soutache (ribbon and buttons--love her button display!!) and Haberman's booths
- Simplicity Fashion Show again--this model looks great in everything! This is a denim shirt dress.
- Picked up my free pattern for wearing a garment made from a Simplicity or New Look pattern--thanks Simplicity!!!
- Completed the scavenger hunt and got a pack of 3 Schmetz needles and a Grabbit magnet--thank you Schmetz! I was going to buy another Grabbit and now I don't have to!!
- The big visit to You Sew Girl HQ Anne and I raided her closet like a swarm of locusts and we tried on almost everything! Lynn has the neatest closet I've ever seen (in both senses of the word: interesting and tidy). Lynn also remembers pattern numbers quite easily so she rattled them off for us. Now I have several more patterns I'm interested in! (I'm trying on one of her denim jackets above)
- Her linoleum floor was excited to see us! It's the floor from her pix!
- Lynn explaining the cataloging system for her amazing fabric stash; I don't know why she's embarrassed! You can see some of the Rubbermaid bins in this photo which hold her fabric stash.
A card for each piece of fabric, with a swatch, then bound by a ring by type
The mirror where she takes her selfies!
Her sewing machine
Selfies in her sewing room
- Impromptu teaching
- I showed Lynn and Anne how to box out a bag, how to install zipper pockets in bags (I use this tutorial with one tweak), and also how to install piping (I use this tutorial) and have it overlap on a side seam.
- Passion for Fashion show
Posing with this cute bag Anne gave both of us. It looks like a sewing machine from all sides! Thanks Anne!
- Anne and Lynn did the scavenger hunt
- shopping at Vogue Fabrics and Soutache (again)
- How to Read the Wrinkles (Jennifer's jean fitting class)
- Then the third best thing of the weekend happened (to be blogged later)
- Flew home
Tried on this coat at the McCalls booth
It has a very high twirl factor.
Lynn's recap of the weekend
Anne's recap of the weekend
As a conference veteran I now know:
- Foregoing the 3" heels and wearing cushy flats not only makes my feet happy (the expo floor is concrete) but also frees up space in my luggage!
- Taking the day off from work after returning home is a great thing I can do for myself.
So thank you Lynn for letting us visit your house and thank you Anne for driving me all over yonder. It was a great trip!