… 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
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!