Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Expo-Excited!

It's that time of year again! Woo hoo!!!!
This will be my 3rd year attending the American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan.  Lucky for me, it's just about an hour's drive, so I pack a lot in and make a day of it.  This Saturday you will find me...
  • Make Pants That Fit! with Judy Kessinger of FitNice (from 8:30 - 11:30 am) Take the smiles out of your pants - they belong on your beautiful face! Learn how to measure and draw a pattern that only fits you by making any necessary adjustments on the finished garment, then
    transferring them back to your pattern. Discover all the sewing and fitting tricks to make pants look and feel perfect.  I'm really looking forward to this class, as I desperately need pants for work since I lost the weight.  Getting the right fit in the waist and hips and crotch... teach me, please!?
  • Eating lunch and shopping the vendor floor!  I'm most excited to see Vogue Fabrics and the Fabric Gallery.  Haberman's always draws me in, but I still have stuff on the table from my last trip there with Beth! I skip past the quilting booths, and check out some of the more unique stuff!  I also need to pick up some embroidery stabilizers while I'm there!  If you're going to the show, I'd love to cross paths with you.  Leave me a note, and maybe we can connect?
  • Serger 911 with Kathy Ruddy of Kathy Ruddy - Live Guides Inc. from 2:45 to 3:45
    All serger owners and prospective owners need to know how the serger operates from the inside out.
    Learn about burrs, how width is used to improve stitches and how to create a perfect balanced-tension control strip. Discover a sequential tension formula that works on any serger and all thread types. A five-minute serger pocket that can be added to any pattern plus some fun projects using a balanced stitch will be demonstrated. (I'm proficient in serging basic seams, but would really like to know more about the rolled hem and the elastic attachment!
  • The Natural Fibers Contest sponsored by PatternReview! I'm modeling my silk dress, and am really looking forward to seeing Robin, Lynn, Melody, and Kristin... and, I get to see Bunny's linen jacket in person! Jealous, much?  Wish me luck...
I will also be keeping my eyes open for buttons for my trench.  I'm 99% sure I'm going with the Vintage Style Faux Jet Square Button, but my gut keeps looking back at the other Vintage Style Black Jet Button (aren't those hearts on either side so cute? Thanks for your input on the last post, I really appreciate your feedback and opinions!
Nearly everyone in my life thinks I'm a total dork for getting so excited for the "Sewing Expo", but they don't understand.  It's a dying art, and finding people who share this interest is hard!  To spend a day learning new skills and fondling miles and miles of fabulous fabrics is like my own personal "Super Bowl" of sewing.  It only comes once a year!!!  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! I'll report back with my findings!

16 comments:

Michelle said...

Oh, color me jealous! I can't wait to hear about how to make pants that fit! Have a fantastic time!

Kim said...

Have fun! I can't go this year :-(

Karin said...

You are definitely not a dork! I wish I could go.

Shellie said...

how exciting! I've never been to that show but do get to go to the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo which is tons of fun. And Vogue Fabric is there, too - LOVE them! have a great time!! :)

Patty said...

Just like you, I can't wait! I'll be there Sat and on Sunday taking Kenneth King's class. I'll try to say hello at the PatternReview fashion show :-)!

Sewfast said...

Have a great time! Unfortunately that is too far a trip for me! I have always wanted to go to the expo in Puyallup, Washington (a 3 1/2-4 hour drive), but have not made it there yet. Maybe when I retire???

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Enjoy your day! I hope that the fashion show works out well and please report back on all the goings on!

Nancy K said...

Jealous here too. My sister lives in Farmington Hills and I really should plan to go out and stay with her and go to the expo next year. It sounds like so much fun. None of these sewing expos are ever here in NY.

alethia said...

Sounds like fun!

amber said...

I totally jealous! Have a great time and much luck in the runway show. :)

Mary said...

Have a terrific time Kristine! And, good luck with the runway show-the prize is drool worthy!

robin said...

Can't wait to see you there!! I will likely not be there until 1:30ish as we don't have to be there for the show til 2 pm. It's about a four hour drive for us.

JoanneM said...

Have a BLAST!
(You dork :) )

Big in Japan said...

The people in your real life may consider you a dork for being excited about a sewing expo, but that's why you'Ve got your fabulous followers around, to de-dorkify you! Have fun . Love the description about "take the smiles out of your pants"....

Bunny said...

Have a ball and give us all the dish when you get back! I am green.

CarlaF-in Atlanta said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!