October 8, 2014

The perk of incessant work travel…

… is getting to meet sewing ladies!
I was at a conference in Austin TX this week and by sheer wonderful coincidence, it’s where some of my most favourite sewists live. Imagine my thrill at getting to finally meet my virtual sewing BFF Mary! Really, imagine it. BIG.
And not only Mary, but a reunion with the ever-perky Lauren, and my first time meeting all these other lovely ladies including Susan 1, Susan 2, Melissa, Dixie, Nicole and Angela. In an effort to get me Southerned as quickly as possible, we started at a food truck park where I partook in my first ever queso and “street corn” (that stuff is crazily good), and then off on the rounds of fabric stores, because really, what else?
By sheer wonderful coincidence, there was a bevvy of shirtdresses:
And then much scavenging:

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Never let it be said that I don’t get excited when I meet fellow souls:

Although perhaps my highest excitement was reserved for Nicole’s unbelievably kickass “boobs on boobs” Sewaholic Cambie. Nico wins the internets.

No sewing trip to Austin would apparently be complete without a trip to Toy Joy..

… and Allen’s boots, where I managed to restrain myself in the face of an abundance of fringe, embroidery and Frye.

And of COURSE there were fabric spoils. Left to right: from Austin Fabric Coop a lovely hot pink rayon gabardine (one pencil skirt, coming on up), a great Japanese print from Form & Fabric (which it turns out is closing, so go and buy stock before it goes!). And then the most excellent belated birthday gift from Ms Fancy herself: some Marc Jacobs voile! Yummy yummy!

In case you’re wondering, I did go 100% homemade during my trip, including my oh-so-comfortable silk twill skirt

And I wore my recent Burda make to present at the conference! The combo of chic looking and almost unbearably comfortable is a total winner.

It was a delightful mini break to the South, and thanks so much to all the ladies who were so welcoming and shuttled me incessantly around town.
Now talking of fun work trips… there are a lot more coming up. I’m going to be in London, New Orleans and Vegas in the next 6 weeks – if you’re in any of those locations, drop me a note and we can even more crazy fun sewing times!

21 thoughts on “The perk of incessant work travel…

  1. Vicki Kate says:

    Wow! How to make travelling for work fun and very chic! I adore your Burda dress, looks very glam!

  2. Looks so fun: I love your birthday gift from Mary and you looking so executive in the lift! Also: I am in London: when are you over? Let’s HANG OUT!

  3. SUre we can sort out a London thing. There are loads of sewists about! Come and join the spoolettes! Drop me an email with your dates – Joanne. Lambert@Gmail. Com (no spaces obvs)

    1. Hello: can I become a Spoolette!? What do I do?

    2. email me too! address above. i’ll include you in the plans!

    3. Jenny says:

      Wah hey! Going to be a blast!

  4. Amanda says:

    Dude. This looks like the best time EVER!

  5. Looks like you had a ball! Love that LBD.

  6. tanyamaile says:

    Sounds like a most excellent time with some fab ladies! Super envious!

  7. It was great to meet you and hear your oh-so-charming accent in real life! I think I’m going back to Form & Fabric this weekend to buy up more stuff (possibly that plaid Dixie’s Archer was made out of, and I’m still lusting over that Liberty wool)! What do you plan on doing with your print from there?

    1. Nicole, I have been totally thinking about getting some of Dixie’s plaid, too! Her gorgeous Archer is making it really difficult not to play copycat. Also, you so need that Liberty wool. It was beautiful!

    2. Jenny says:

      Great to meet you too Nicole! I’m going to whack out another Simplicity 2343 I reckon, why mess with success? 🙂

  8. Hooray for sewing meetups! It’s really fun to meet people IRL after spending time getting to know them online!!

  9. Margo B says:

    Fun! So jealous over here!

  10. It was so lovely finally meeting you, J! Now, I’m just going to be over here, plotting excuses to take a weekend in Boston soon…;)

    1. Jenny says:

      And you too my dear! And yes, you should figure out a plan ASAP

  11. whoFilets says:

    I live in Las Vegas! We don’t have a ton of fabric, sadly … mostly the big box (Hancock’s, Joann’s- I work at one!) And then quilt shops. There is Heddy’s- she does lots of fancy formal wear, swim and dance, that sort of thing. I personally mostly scavenge the thrift stores for cast off fabrics or fun clothes to remake.

  12. Kim Glasgow says:

    I just found your blog! I hope you enjoyed your trip to Austin. I live in one of the suburbs of Austin and I used to work at the Allen’s boots you visited many, many years ago. It’s a cool store! I can’t wait to read some of your older posts as well as your new ones.

  13. Looks hugely fun. When are you coming to Melbourne, Australia?

  14. Kathy says:

    I just saw this pattern release for a wrap dress today http://sewingmuse.com/products/gillian-wrap-dress?mc_cid=8fce23e0a6&mc_eid=d9b06c6fb4 I haven’t made any of her patterns yet but I know that Sophie lee has

Let me know what you think!