Well, this past weekend was the Sewing Expo! I didn’t know this until I started going back in 2008 (and I’ve been going back every year since), but the Sew Expo is the largest sewing show in the country. Anyways, I was fortunate enough to go twice this year, both on Thursday as part of my internship and then on Saturday for fun. Not that going to a sewing show as part of your internship isn’t fun, of course (it totally was, btw). Even though every year the show seems to be geared more and more towards quilters, I always have a fabulous time and this year was no exception.
The only real bummer was that the class I was going to take on getting a perfect vintage fit with Gertie from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing was cancelled. So, instead, mom and I took a class on starting a sewing business, taught by Martha Pullen.
Best piece of advice? That building a business and making money from it takes time and “it doesn’t happen overnight. Unless you’re running dope out of South America.”
After our class, we hit the vendors. I hit up the usual places, like Vogue Fabrics and Fine French Laces (a fabulous company in the Netherlands that specializes in cotton heirloom lace), but this year, I also stopped by a new booth that had jewelry and brooches, and found this:
Yep, it’s a brooch of Dorothy’s red slippers from the Wizard of Oz, complete with Glenda’s magic wand!!!! Readers, I was so excited by this and I’d never seen anything like it, so of course I had to have it.
Overall, I had a pretty good haul and came away with: my Dorothy brooch, hand-sewing needles, an eyelet setting kit, lots of lace (including a cream v-neck dress for my Lady Mary dress that I’ve decided to go with for the Titanic tea), white cotton batiste for an 1850s summer dress, striped silk for the ties to finish my bonnet, peach eyelet fabric (I’m thinking either modern skirt or dress), a black and white print on a rayon fabric that feels like cotton, and a dusty pink cotton blend fabric for another modern dress.
Anyways, I had a fabulous time, although for reasons that I don’t want to specify just yet (don’t want to jinx it!) this will probably be my last Sewing Expo for a while. I’ll just leave it at that and say that the whole thing was, unfortunately, a little bittersweet.