|This is the 25th year for the Sewing & Stitchery Expo, A 4 day event that is held in Puyallup, WA at the Western Washington Fairgrounds. The Pavillion, Showplex and other buildings are utilized for this event. Washington State University Extension benefits as an underwriter I believe.
Visitors are given the Expo Insider Paper w/Fairground map, list of exhibitors, seminars and sewing machine classes and other schedules. Cross-referenced easily with the locations and names as well as an at a glance schedule of events for the 4 days w/and easy to read time-line.
Up front, my review is from the perspective of fashion sewing.
This event is a bit overwhelming if you try to do it in 1 day like I do. My mom & DD attended w/me.
There is just not enough time to see everything in one day. Part of this is also due to the big turnout this event has. It is hard to look at many of the vendor's wares when there are so many people looking also.
We had perfect sunny weather, this was important since the day before we had snow on the ground.
Of the 3 fashion shows we attended(and we did enjoy all 3) Sandra B & Marcy Tilton fav #1. Patti Palmer for Vogue/McCall's/Butterick #2 and Simplicity #3. (there were many more free fashion shows, but there wouldn't have been time to have looked at any vendors or do any seminars fi we had done so)
Marcy Tilton's & Sandra Betzina's show was themed
.."From the Closets of Sandra & Marcy ". Marcy T. featured many looks w/her Vogue V8497 I happen to have this Tshirt pattern, but haven't tried sewing it yet.
This skirt w/asymmetrical stripes looked trendy, cutting edge but also a classic.
Marcy Tilton skirt V8561
The pants looked better in person too, and very comfy. Not as exaggerated or MC Hammer looking as some of the other designs of the same pants.
For Sandra Betzina This coat V1097 was shown in many different views.
Marcy Tilton Jacket V8538
We did get to see some fashions from Marcy & Sandra that don't even have a number from Vogue yet. They will be in the Summer and Fall Vogue Pattern catalogs.
I don't remember Simplicity revealing anything new for summer or fall like they did last year. They did have the Spring items and Spring Project Runway designs.
Most of the vendors were geared to quilters and embroidery, which seems to be the norm. A sprinkling of knitting vendors or vendors that offered both fabrics and knitting. So lots and lots of quilters quarters stuff and quilting fabrics.
Vogue fabrics was there. It was hard to be able to take the time to look at their fabrics, too many people, but from what I could see, I was able to resist.
The fashion shows were packed. Sandra B. & Marcy T. were gratified by the full house for their fashion show, interested in fashion sewing!
While I was in my mini seminar, my mom & DD watched the 4H fashion show. They said it was amazing! The theme was refashioning. Even young men had participated in refashioning. One young man had refashioned a coat for himself from a thrift shop purchase. They were very impressed.
The mini-seminar I attended was w/Marta Alto, it was called "Why, When & how to use that Serger". She had examples of things she has used her serger for, showed slides from the DVD "Serger Basics". She entertained w/some personal tales: Her first serger was one of the first home sergers available, it came by UPS, opens the box and NO INSTRUCTIONS! lol, she takes it to her local sewing & vac place to see if they can help her thread it and they ask her "what is it?"! lol
The Simplicity booth was a disappointment for DD. Their freebie this year was a guide for finding your correct pattern size, that came in a pattern envelope. She was hoping for another actual pattern. In a previous year, a unisex simple pajama bottom pattern was given away.
There was no Vogue/McCall's/Butterick booth this year, I also didn't see Threads represented like in years past. Usually, they are giving away free back issues to hawk subscriptions. Sew News was there, but I missed their booth. Darn! BurdaStyle also had a booth, but I missed it also, drats! Next year I hope that both will be there.
A friend attended the Expo Saturday, and the after hours evening Expo event. She gave the event a big thumbs up. Her report was that Saturday was also a wall to wall people turnout.
It looked like the sewing machine merchants were doing a brisk business in demonstrations, I don't know if people were buying, but they were busy.
My DD found some cotton mahjong print fabric in black on white, that really caught her fancy at Pacific Fabrics.
The Threadbangers were a big hit w/my DD. (She won a DIY or Die T-shirt from them) They weren't very organinzed in their presentation, but it was energetic and fun. Their hands-on seminar was on Sunday, would have been fun to have gone to it, but just not possible.
If the attendance at this event is anything to go by..I am encouraged to think that crafting/sewing is very much alive despite the economy.
This continues to be an annual event that my Mom, Daughter and myself continue to look forward to every year.