Just returned from a fun Pattern Review Weekend in New York City. Bodhi went along and we enjoyed cocktails and fabulous beef filet at Keen's Steakhouse on Thursday night. Friday was shopping in the Garment District, a tour of the Simplicity pattern office, and dinner at Tre Dici on West 26th. Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm was lectures and a pattern exchange at Pace University. Kenneth King was the first guest speaker and he is so entertaining! During the lunch break, I had a picnic in a nearby park then strolled over to Les Halles and the World Trade Center. Dinner on Saturday was at Tony D'Napoli in Times Square. The warm, dry, sunny weather was positively splendid for walking around during the day and drinking wine/beer with the other ladies on the hotel patio in the evening.
Here's the awesome loot, clockwise from upper left corner: teal cotton sateen and lining purchased at Mood for a trench coat; green wool jersey purchased at Mood; charcoal and teal Supplex-lycra knit from Spandex World (for athletic wear- BTW, this fabric is hard to find outside of stores like The Rain Shed and Seattle Fabrics); PR mug specially made by Silk & Clay Studio for all weekend attendees; Simplicity 1918 Amazing Fit pants pattern as swag from that office tour; Jalie 3132 t-shirt pattern prize from the Saturday dinner party; Vogue 8540 jacket, pant & skirt pattern from the exchange; London Tube map and bicycles novelty cotton prints purchased at The City Quilter; and a gift certificate for Paron's won as a prize.
I sewed this new travel purse last Wednesday night. The main fabric is 330 denier coated Cordura leftover from the backpack in 2007. The black strap is foldover braided trim from stash- I sewed the open side together first. The decorative trim and #2.5 zipper tape with a locking zipper pull were also from stash. This bag was a perfect size for the trip and very easy to sew at the last minute. It's loosely based on travel bags from a Mary Mulari book.
Below is the tote bag I sewed for the contest this weekend. The idea was to sew a tote that represented love for Pattern Review. This is my own basic tote bag pattern with polypropylene webbing straps sewn all the way under the bag on both sides for support and durability. Here are the constructions steps:
1. Sewed the silk fabric scraps to a flannel foundation using the "flip and stitch" technique for making crazy quilt squares.
2. Squared up the rectangle shape because the piecing technique usually skews that.
3. Sewed on the top hem and handles.
4. Hand-beaded "Pattern Review" and pattern company names to the front and back sides.
5. Sewed in the lining, which is a lightweight scrap of periwinkle Versatech microfiber from stash.
6. Sewed the side seams then bound them with 1" wide grossgrain ribbon to cover the raw edges and add durability.