Sunday, October 9, 2011

Best. Weekend. Ever!

Sewing Summit was so much fun!! I was having such a great time that my camera was nearly forgotten, but I did get a few pictures to share with you all.  The summit officially started Friday night with a reception and several fun events, but Mitch was working so I had to miss that bit. Saturday morning I was really ready to party! We had breakfast, where I met a bunch of lovely sewing ladies, then we headed to our classes.
Recognize my instructor? Yes, it IS Gretchen from Gertie's New Blog For Better Sewing! She taught pretty much all of the non-basic garment sewing classes, so I spent all day with her. It was so FUN!! We fondled beautiful fabrics, handsewed our hearts out, padstitched lapels and broke down the perfect wiggle dress. I learned a ton and had a total blast. Gretchen in amazingly sweet and absolutely as adorable as you would think. Maybe more adorable.
She brought some garments for us to admire, so I had fun pawing over her dresses and suits, all of which were beautifully made. She brought her bombshell dress to show us, which you can learn to make in her craftsy course
One of her students was at the summit as well and wore her bombshell dress! How fun is that? It was so amazing being around all of the talent represented at the Summit. So cool.
Speaking of amazing talent, I also got to meet Sunni from A Fashionable Stitch. She's from here in Salt Lake and it was so fun to meet her in person. We're also belt twins! Although her belt is so much more amazing than mine. Check out that hand embroidery. And it closes with snaps! How fun is that?!
After all the classes and chatting and mingling were done, we all got to hang out and sew in the Baby Lock sewing room. An entire ballroom filled with sewing machines!!! Is this heaven???
I had such an amazing weekend. I learned a ton of great new techniques; I'm not afraid of padstitching anymore, and I got some great photography and networking ideas, but the best part was that I got to spend a weekend with amazing women who didn't think I was crazy. Well, not for my fabric addiction anyway...

15 comments:

  1. Everyone has their own kind of crazy, and yours is a good kind. So say all of those of us who share it ;-)

    Sounds like you had a great time.

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  2. Oooo I am green with envy :-D You look so happy in the photos, glad you had such a great time.

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  3. I am super jealous, but also happy for all of you to find fellow sewists to have fun and learn with. Plus you look gorgeous in your dress!

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  4. Sewing conferences are so much fun! Glad to hear this one didn't disappoint.

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  5. There's not much more fun in the world than a sewing retreat....and not having to explain your excitement. So glad that you had a wonderful time.

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  6. Congratulations on your fun weekend! So much to do - I follow Gertie and Sunni so that would have been a blast! I'm glad you moved to SLC and that you're having a great time!!!

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  7. That looks like so much fun! I've never been to a sewing retreat. If it's anything like taking fashion at college, it would be heaven. My college girls and I used to laugh at ourselves because we would talk about the silliest things, like buttons!

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  8. So glad you had such a great weekend. After making big move, being uprooted from your home, I imagine this was a welcome get-away. Probably revved up your sewing mojo!

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  9. If you teach next year, I will come.

    (Or, when you teach next year, I will come).

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  10. Sounds like so much fun.

    And now I know what heaven looks like, ha!

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  11. It was so wonderful to meet you! You are such a gorgeous gal! And I'm so happy you wore your belt and the matching dress - it was positively delightful! You definitely know how to make a girl feel like a million bucks!
    xoxo, Sunni

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  12. I was completely smitten with your dress on Sunday, but you looked like quite the sewing rockstar, so I stayed quiet :) I've had that pattern in my stash for over a year, and am finally going to make it as part of my fall palette challenge. Yours was such a great color and fit!

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  13. Katie, it was FABULOUS to meet you. Thank you so much for coming to my classes and being all-around awesome. I hope our paths cross again soon. xoxo

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  14. I loved reading about your weekend at the Sewing Summit. I am a quilter so I didn't take any of the garment classes, but they sound amazing and who wasn't having a ball at the Summit.

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  15. Hi! I sat next to you during Gertie's How to Get a Vintage Fit class and wanted to thank you for helping me get inspired to take the next step into garment making!

    I'll be reading/following you! ;)

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