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Posted on: 2/13/07 3:51 PM
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This was the second year for the ETA Dallas event. This year it was located on the campus of Southen Methodist University (SMU). There were several hotels close by to choose from - Leslie and I roomed together and will do a little better job with our selection next year! We both assumed there would be a frig and microwave but there weren't any at the Radisson where we stayed. It did have a shuttle service to SMU which we used the first day (the day we hauled our machines!!) After that Cyclegirl, Blue Mooney, and SoNewToSewing were our "drivers". Some of the teachers/exhibitors included Barb Callahan, June Colburn, Jan Bones, Linda McGehee, Cynthia Guffey, Linda Kubik, Carol Lane-Saber, Shirley Adams, Emma Seabrooke, Peggy Sagers, Karen Erickson, Trish Stewart, Rebecca Shanks and Carol Coleman. There were six choices for pre-day classes on Friday. Four of us from PR went to Cynthia Guffey's class - Linda E, Cyclegirl, Leslie in Austin, and myself. We had a good time together and learned to put beautiful collars and neckbands on shirts. This was an all-day class that could probably have been done in an afternoon with a pretty hefty fee ($20) for the kit.. I took several other classes from Cynthia, a pillow making workshop from Karen Erickson, and a zipper class from Linda McGehee. This expo is still having "growing pains" and I hope more in the area will come next year. Peggy Sagers listened to some of our suggestions from last year and we gave her some more this year!! Hey - she asked!!! A few of the things I would like to see are more vendors, the lighting was poor in several of the classrooms and in the expo area, there were 20 machines on one circuit in the sewing room which made for some "stop and go" stitching, the teachers move from "class to class" which is probably pretty difficult for them, and it would be nice if everything was in one building rather than spread out. I walk a lot so it didn't bother me but some of the women had trouble with the stairs and the distance between the buildings. The best part - seeing all my PR buddies from last year and meeting some new ones!! We went out to eat, to the "fabric warehouse district", had a pattern exchange and measuring/fitting night at the hotel besides the classes at ETA.

I did not go to the fashion show this year but maybe someone else will report on it.

All in all, I had a great time. I hope more of you will come next year (second weekend in February) and this will continue to grow and get bigger and better!!!

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Tee Jay said... (3/24/07 10:08 AM) Reply
Since I absolutely feel so lucky to have such quality teachers cometo my neck of the woods I am going to rate this event "two thumbs up". I am thrilled to listen to Cynthia Guffey for the second year and always learn more. The buffet at night is awesome--what fun to see professional models in the clothes, one model was wearing what Emma Seabrooks had on previously and Emma looked as good as the model in it (car wash skirt). Live piano music! buffet! fun atmosphere, nifty quality gift of Brighton retractable measuring tape!--what's not to like about that? The lighting in the vendor area was unfortunate, I wish more fabric was available, I wish Grapevine Collection and Linda Lee o fSewing Workshop had been there. It would have been nice to have teachers in same room, and more room for Cynthia's because one class was full and I couldn't take it. All in all, given it is the second year, it was an awesome opportunity to bask in sewing heaven even if there were a few downsides, like walking to classes (what if it were raining or really cold! it would have been miserable) Please come next year! Oh and if anyone went to the paper dress double class I would love to hear how that went.
Barbara48 said... (2/16/07 2:21 PM) Reply
Hi Peggy....thanks for writing this review ! This event was a first for me. I have attended the Houston Quilt Show but didn't take classes there and of course it is huge ! I was thrilled to find an event in Texas dedicated to fashion. During ETA Dallas weekend I attended classes by Shirley Adams( Reading the Wrinkies was wonderful !) Cynthia Guffey and Peggy Sagers. Their classes were great and I learned so much about fitting, pattern prep tips, etc. I certainly hope this event grows and I will definitely go again next year ! Lighting was a real issue espec. for the classes held in the auditorium and I hope the auditorium is not used at all for classes next time ! The fashion show was very nice and there must have been at least 10 designs modeled from each of the designers at the show. Joel Karpoff was an excellent guest speaker even after rushing in from a long flight delay ! He used a slide show during his presentation that really added a lot. I would like to see them to stay at SMU again next year. I certainly came away inspired by all the great ideas. Barbara
Kris O said... (2/14/07 9:55 AM) Reply
Hey ladies! Thanks for your comments. I have been wondering how this year stacked up, conference-wise (I'm sure it was a blast socially). I'm with you, Leslie, let's not go to the canned programs and just have our own sewing weekend.
Leslie in Austin said... (2/13/07 8:51 PM) Reply
I had hoped that year 2 of this expo would be much improved over year 1, but sadly, it wasn't. Very few vendors--mostly just the teachers' booths, with the notable exception of Lucy's! Hooray Lucy's! This year had the same poor setup as last, with the classes and expo in separate buildings (it was *cold* out; but at least it wasn't raining or icy). They had the poor instructors running from building to building. The class ticket system is kind of a joke--don't know why they don't just scrap the per class fee and just charge one lump sum for all-you-can-attend classes. I took a bunch of Cynthia Guffey's classes (that was me following you, Glenda; didn't realize you were a PR gal!) and they were all very informative. I really wish there had been handouts on the techniques taught--after all, we paid for each of the classes and shouldn't really have to buy the entire book the instructor was invariably hawking, just to get the info on the single technique. I agree with Peggy, the all day class really could have been accomplished in half a day had there been handouts and pre-made kits. The kits we paid $20 for were just a couple of pieces of quilting cotton that weren't even pre-interfaced for us (leading to lots of people guessing wrong about the assembly and doing it incorrectly). Moan moan moan. There were lots of high points: loved being near SMU. That area has lots of great restaurants, shops, and things to do. There was a good vegetarian lunch and good coffee available at the SMU Student Union on Friday! That was a pleasant surprise. Of course the company of the TX/OK PR gals was top-notch, as was the excursion to Perth Street! I say next year we skip the conference and just meet up for a girls' sewing weekend away!
Glenda of CO said... (2/13/07 6:48 PM) Reply
Hi Peggy - I took the class from Cynthia as well. I went not knowing anything about the ETA expo and was pleased to find Shirley Adams and Cynthia Guffey from whom I wanted to learn. I didn't make the fashion show, but wish I could have. More fitting classes would have been helpful and better lighting, as you said.
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