For my own records and your small enlightenment, here's my report from the few sessions I attended along with my purchases.
Gail Patrice Yellin gave a class on getting the most out of using your coverstitch and attendees got to rent the Babylock Evolution or bring their own machine. She taught zipper insertion, tying off, the elastic foot and decorative stitching, my favorite part. Gail has a book on embellishment and I like her subtle but sophisticated embellishment ideas with thread, beads and ribbon.
|Gail Patrice Yellin teaching the coverstitch|
|Sarah Veblen demonstrates sewing, clipping and turning facings|
After that session I slipped back into the vendor hall and picked up a useful set of tools from a new supplier, Zippershipper Zippershipper Wow, look at the huge array of zippers for all purposes. I bought a tool for shortening zippers and some brass toned zipper stops. I have a collection of zippers bought "on spec" from frequent visits to the PA Fabric Outlet for years. I have stopped the buying habit and it's nice to have a tool that can make my collection the right size. More on zippers later this fall, I promise.
On Saturday I was a classroom assistant for Lyla Messenger LJ Designs Lyla lives out west near lake Tahoe and her clothes patterns have a casual line with practical but stylish elements. For example, she does lovely upscale details on plain polarfleece so that it is practical but also stylish without being cutesy or overly sporty. She sews a great deal with knits and again makes them stylish with great fabric choices and design details. Wonderful trunk show and generous explanations of how she achieves her effects on each garment.
Oh, lovely readers, you've stayed with me this long because you knew that the best was last. On Saturday afternoon I drove back to Baltimore so that Mr. Lucky and I could drive up to Stewartstown, PA for dancing and dining at the winery with our favorite band, Mood Swings. They did not disappoint and it was a terrific, albeit late night. Home by 11:30, walked the dogs then up again at 5:30am, walked dogs again and took off to go back to the conference. Why on earth, you might rightfully ask. Susan Khalje, that's why. Yes, yes, lucky, lucky me, I got to be the ticket taker for Susan Khalje's Lace Guipure skirt class that morning and had to be in Crystal City, VA by 7:45 am. Mr. Lucky dropped me off while he headed out to play golf under clear, sunny skies. I headed to the subterranean classroom but was cheered by the excitement of 19 sewists who brought their fitted muslin straight skirts, their spectacular guipure laces and their lovely silk charmeuses.
|Susan Khalje helps a student baste her muslin underlining to the silk charmeuse.|
|One of my personal favorites, from Britex in San Francisco (How come I can forget so many things in my own life but can remember where almost strangers bought their fabric?)|
|From B&J in NYC|
|Also B&J, I think|