Meetup Mania!

Boy, oh, boy– what a fun meetup we had yesterday in the Garment District!    I wish all of you could’ve been there (think how fun it would be to descend en masse on poor, unsuspecting 39th St., snatching bolts of fabric and haggling until the shopkeepers collapse from the onslaught of hundreds of passionate sewists!)!

Kerry and Liz searching for the perfect print (note Kerry’s Picnic Blanket Skirt and Liz’s Hazel dress!).

Our guests of honor were Kerry and Liz, both of whom were serendipitously visiting the city from afar on the same weekend (so exciting!).  Kelli also receives a special mention– she moved to NYC earlier this month, and this was her first trip to the Garment District (welcome!)!  Also in attendance were New Yorkers and Garment District Pros Janice, Cindy, Marina, and Mika— what a fab group!

Janice brainstorming uses for this amazing border print!

We started at Paron, where we poked, prodded, and pulled out just about every bolt in the house, then we moved across the street to Gray Line Linen, a new-to-me and lovely store with gorgeous linen and reasonable prices (thanks for the suggestion, Cindy!).  After raiding Chic Fabrics, we stopped for lunch at Lazzara’s (recommended by Shop the Garment District), and after a few slices, we were recharged and ready for Mood!  We stayed at Mood until closing time, then paused to caffeinate and show off our purchases.

Kelli and Kerry are excited for pizza time!

All in all, we spent around 6 hours together, and the time passed so quickly!  It was so fun to meet everyone, especially since I’ve been reading these ladies’ blogs for quite a while!  Each gal was so fun, interesting, and easy to talk to.  It was just so fun to meet people in real life, and to geek out over fabric with fellow enthusiasts.  🙂  I can’t wait to see what you guys make with the fabric you picked up this weekend!

Mika shows off her fabric… won’t this make a super cute bow blouse?  And look, it’s a Chantilly dress!

What about you, readers?  Any fun meetups happen lately (or do you have any on the horizon?)?  Any exciting fabric purchases or new sewing plans?