|This sewing expo ran from Friday, September 30 through Sunday October 2nd. The expo included booths that would interest fashion sewists, quilters, and general craft sewers alike.
My main reason for attending this expo was the HotPatterns booth. However, when I got there I was pleasantly surprised at the number of booths, classes, and demos that were featured. This was my second expo I've ever been to, and it completely blew away the first expo in terms of number of people there, number of booths, general quality, and value. Although I didn't specifically sign up for any classes, I had a lot of fun going from booth to booth.
A highlight of mine was stopping in the simplicity booth and seeing all of their pattern samples made up. I decided on a few patterns that I otherwise would not have noticed. I also was able to try stuff on. For example, one of the threads coats for which I have a pattern was made up in a 10. Surprisingly, the 10 fit me. Talking with one of the designers, she suggested I make a 12. I would have made a 14 on my own, so I found this extremely helpful.
I also enjoyed going to the HotPatterns booth and meeting Trudy. I believe this was worth the entire trip! She gave me a ton of advice and recommended patterns that would fit my body type.
There were a few booths with fabric, but I didn't end up buying any. Most of the time I felt I could find similar items online or at my local independent, and the prices were a bit high for my taste.
Although there were a ton of *art vests*, quilts, etc., there was still a lot for the fashion-minded sewer. (NO offense to anyone who makes/wears/likes art vests. They just aren't my bag). I saw a ton of the independent patterns in various booths, also.
All in all, a good expo. I will be going back next year and probably will register for some classes.
The admission fee was $12.