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PR Day Winnipeg/Manitoba By DianeSev on 12/22/11 10:51 AM

by barebear


So, ages ago (on November 19 to be exact), sewists around the world gathered to celebrate PatternReview's 10th anniversary. While we were a small crowd (of three: SheBear0320, goal100 and myself), a gathering did occur here in Winnipeg.

Photo taken by SheBear0320. Bag owned by goal100.
That is, until I can sneak it into my purse without her noticing.

From left to right: goal100, me (barebear), and SheBear0320.
Photo by SheBear0320's husband, who was a good sport, an ice cream enabler, and
basically hid in his man-cave the entire time, poor man.

The celebration included:

  • Tasty scones (a la me, extremely fresh out of the oven when goal100 arrived a bit early to pick me up while they were still baking away in the oven)

    Mmm, scones. Photo by SheBear0320.

  • Tasty coffee (a la SheBear0320)

  • Sewing chatter and oogling SheBear0320's sewing studio (I WANT HOMG)

  • Full body measurements (Yay! I finally know how wide my shoulders are and what my crotch curve measurements are - the latter of which was extremely awkward to take, btw)

  • An excellent lunch at Mongo's Grill


    Our fabric haul. Photo by SheBear0320.

  • Bubbly back at SheBear0320's place, then a tasty pizza dinner to stave off the effects of the bubbly

    Mmm, bubbly. Photo by SheBear0320.

  • And finally, an excursion for ice cream (Did I mention it was something like -25C outside? That's just how we 'Peggers roll)

All in all, it was a fantastic day! Exhausting, but so much fun. The best part was meeting two awesome and talented Winnipeg sewists, even if they are horrible enablers. (Stop tempting me to go back to Northwest Fabrics, SheBear0320!)

Also, it turns out that SheBear0320 has the best job in the world and sews for a living (hence her amazing sewing studio). She makes athletic apparel, most notably figure skating outfits, but is branching out to other sports as well. Please go check out her website Chianto by Sheila to see what she gets up to. Someday I'm going to convince her to hire me so that I can spend my days sewing too!

So we hit up three fabric stores that I didn't even know existed in Winnipeg. I'll bet you're wondering what I come home with, eh? I didn't go crazy, but I think I won the fabric race out of the three of us. I found some pretty black underwear elastic, ridiculously priced at 10 cents/m at Economy Textile, as well as a stack of quilting cotton. Need to go back there, because the prices are out of this world!

I found this lingerie pattern for wovens from a local woman at ...uh, I can't remember the name of the place. Not a huge selection of fabric, but they had some unique stuff, and the man who runs the place is apparently a wizard with sewing machine repairs. They also had a room in the back with some lovely pelts and leather pieces. Very cool.

Finally, I was done in at Marshall/North West Fabrics., which is the biggest fabric store I've ever seen! Maybe it's about the same size at Mitchell's, but it's all laid out on one big floor, and everything is sorted according to fabric type. I obviously need to spend more time here, to uh...learn more about different fabric types. Yeah, that's it...

Despite being completely overwhelmed, I managed to pull my wits together enough to track down the wool and lining I wanted to make a winter coat. Aren't they pretty! I love the burgundy. That was entirely goal100, because I was going to make myself get the black wool, and she talked me into going with what I was drawn to, which was the burgundy. It's a melton wool, and the black is a flannel-backed satin.

Obviously I need to fabric shop with other sewists more often. OR NOT, because, youch, I bought a lot of fabric! Thanks, SheBear0320 and goal100!

And thanks, PatternReview, for encouraging your members to celebrate and have fun for your 10th anniversary. Congrats on reaching such a milestone!

Read barebear's blog, Sewing on Pins.

Talk about PR Day with other members!

See all the Flickr photos for PR Day 2011.

3 Comments      Login to Add a Comment    
Mufffet said... (1/3/12 1:22 PM) Reply
Great reading! Sounds like a good time! :)
Dianne22 said... (12/27/11 1:15 PM) Reply
Sew glad you had a good time. We, too, had a great time in Austin, TX. BTW, love your humor.
BeeQuilter said... (12/22/11 3:27 PM) Reply
Looks like fun!

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