SewExpo, the largest sewing-related conference in the USA, just ended this past Sunday . . . and as expected . . . it was an adventure. I’m sometimes unable to attend, but this year I attended all four days. This was because of all of the classes I wanted to attend. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed . . . so I don’t have pictures . . . but, the following were the highlights of my experience:
- Spending time with sewing icons Marcy Tilton and Sandra Betzina. Both of these women inspire me a great deal and getting to spend time with them was inspiring.
- The “style” shows . . . which are free fashion shows . . . were great! It’s a great way to see many of the patterns being sold that have been made in to garments and watch how it drapes, moves, etc. I saw fashion shows with garments from Linda Lee, Louise Cutting, Marcy Tilton, and Sandra Betzina . . . and a style show put on by the Independent Pattern Company Alliance (IPCA) . . . this includes designs from Lorraine Torrence, Islander Sewing Systems, La Fred, Saf-T-Pocket Patterns, Dana Marie (formerly Perfection Artistic Wearables), etc.
- One of my favorite fashion shows was put on by the fashion design design students from Bates Technical College. Lots of creativity and ingenuity . . . including a modern-day version of a Victorian-era bustle dress that you would have to see to appreciate.
- The vendor hall is ominous to tackle, but when you have four days you can take your time
- In the past, the seminars were limited to 45 minutes in length . . . this year they added seminars of greater length. I signed up for a few of them and they were well worth the time and money. After a total of 11 classes in four days, I’m spilling over with ideas!
- One of the high points for me was a seminar with Londa Rohlfing She did a 45-minute seminar “Refined Embellishments” . . . and all I can say is “Wow!” . . . She was great . . . After being blown away during her 45 minutes seminar of her teaching a handful of techniques, I marched out and immediately purchased her 2 hour40 minute DVD. If a 45-minute seminar gets me that excited, I’ll be completely unbearable after watching her DVD. I got to spend some time with her the following day and she’s just delightful! If you’re interested in learning more, you might like to go to her website http://www.londas-sewing.com/.
Yes, I purchased items in the vendor hall . . . my favorite scissors of all time are the 5 1/2″ scissors from Kai Scissors. They’re well-balanced and extremely versatile. I went by their booth and bought a couple more pair . . . At an Expo price of $14.95/ea, why not? They also now have a curved version of the pair and I have one of those now . . . I expect it to be really handy for trimming weft ends, etc. To take a look, you can go to http://www.kaiscissors.com/. They have a three-piece ‘starter set’ that made me a believer!
Like a child after Christmas, I’m thrilled with the experience . . . but, looking forward to the next time I can attend. I just need to figure out how to find more than 24 hours in a day to work on all the ideas I have!