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The Original Sewing and Quilt Expo is a three-day event that offers workshops, demos, a shoppable trade show, and more. The expo delivers creative inspiration and skill-building classes to sewists in eight U.S. cities.
I attended the Chicagoland installment of the Sewing and Quilt Expo, and following are my impressions, presented yearbook-superlative style. If you’ve ever been curious about checking out a sewing trade show, read on:
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
I sewed my retro swimsuit while listening to "Lemonade" nonstop. If you’re not familiar with Queen Bey’s latest opus, it’s a concept album about infidelity. Husband gave me some side eye for my sewing soundtrack. I may have said something to him about "haters." (All in good fun!)
Thursday, October 6, 2016
I've got seasonal whiplash.
It's not even Halloween, but we're seeing Christmas stuff. It gets dark so early and I want to drink my annual pumpkin spice latte, but it's 70-some degrees and I'm wearing shorts — my new Weston shorts from Seamwork mag. I'm so confused.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
I made a muslin for the Seamwork shorts sewing pattern, Nantucket, with cotton seersucker. It was lightweight and somewhat stretchy.
My final garment, an olive poly-cotton poplin blend (link is to same fabric, different color) has ZERO stretch on the cross grain. None. The lack of stretch is downright weird.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
|Online sewing star Mimi G. pulls up some floor during a session with fabric designer Tula Pink.|
I returned from Sew Pro, the convention for sewing-business owners, filled with drive and inspiration! It was a fabulous gathering of fabulous creatives who were generous with their knowledge and enthusiasm.
I feel connected to the sewing community, and I want to keep the good vibes rolling!
A lot of the Sew Pro convention sessions were quite technical on biz stuff, especially social media and blog monetization. So keep things accessible, I framed up some high-level takeaways for all sewists — not just people with a sewing business: