Last weekend in NYC I met many wonderful sewists thanks to a meetup that Lauren (Lladybird) organised. Here we all are in Mood! In this pic I’m hiding up the back as I wasn’t wearing any “me made” clothing… only a few things I sewed made it into my luggage for the USA & Canada roadtrip (which you can read about on a separate blog), and none of them are cold-weather/outdoors friendly.
(Pic from Mood’s twitter)
Lauren wrote in January that she was headed to the Big Apple in March and thinking of doing a meetup; at that point I was travelling through Ontario and thought that there was a chance I’d be in the right place at the right time. Jackson and I managed to make our way through Ontario, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania in such a way that we were in fact in the NYC area on March 9! Woohoo!
It almost goes without saying that I had a very fun day meeting Lauren, Carly, Lee, Charlotte, Devra, Cindy, Janice, Allie, Lisette, Kim, Meredith, Kayleigh, Sonja, Oona, Rosie, Wanett, Shelley and Christine. We spent an hour or two in Mood, everyone oohing and aahing over the hundreds of bolts of fabric, touching everything, trying to pull bolts out from the bottom of the tightly packed shelves, and chatting away. I had already visited the Fabric District on Monday (as Jackson and I had been in the area since March 2) and I ended up not buying anything; there were lots of beautiful things to see but nothing really screamed, “Take me home with you!”. We also visited Pacific Trimming, Chic Fabrics and Fabrics for Less; again, some nice things there but nothing that quite fit the bill for me. I was happy enough hanging out with new people and being part of the excitement!
After 3.5 hours of fabric hunting it was time for food, glorious food. I had mentioned to Charlotte earlier that on Monday I saw a silky grey fabric with a walrus (or seal??) print, and a different one with tumbling zebras (zee-bras for Americans, zeh-bras for Australians) and she seemed interested in this ridiculous and cute fabric. Unfortunately I couldn’t remember the name of the store, but as we all walked towards our afternoon tea destination I saw it! I ran up to Charlotte,
interrupted her conversation tapped her on the shoulder and excitedly mentioned that we had just passed the walrus/seal and zebra fabric store. We popped in, took a quick look, declined the salesperson’s attempt to get us to buy it (“I never do half yards, but for you, I’ll do a half yard”), and then went back to the street to find all 14 of our companions had disappeared.
We knew everyone was headed to Stitch so we made our way there, figuring we’d catch up pretty quickly. But then we found that Stitch opens at 5pm; it was only 4:30pm, so where was everyone?
We swore to eachother that we had been in that fabric store for nor more than 2 minutes. How do 14 people just vanish into thin air? Unfortunately neither of us had anyone’s mobile number; Charlotte tweeted at Oona to find out where everyone had gone, I tweeted at Lauren to ask the same thing, and all the while we traversed up, down and around three blocks trying to find people. We looked through the window of every fabric store we passed, craned our necks over the bustling crowds, but to no avail.
After at least 10 minutes on the street I opened up my email on my phone figuring that I would just email everyone who was on the original email chain, hoping that someone would have their emails set to be ‘pushed’ to their phone. Just as I was writing the subject line (“Help!!!”) my phone said I had a new email. “Hmm, I’d better check it just in case,” I thought. What was it but Lauren emailing everyone to say that the gang were all at the Houndstooth pub! Damnit; we had passed that pub at the start, it was almost opposite Stitch, and I had even thought “Maybe they went to Houndstooth after seeing Stitch was closed? I mean, it’s a very fabric-y name”.
At last we were reunited with our sewist companions. Meals were had, stories were told, laughter abounded. All in all it was a wonderful day. I didn’t buy any fabric but I did meet a bunch of cool people, so I’ll call that a success. Thanks to all the fantastic ladies who made it possible :) !