the bus late Thursday night and had all day Friday to souvenir shop for the kids and hubs and catch up with a couple old friends. Friday evening the workshop started with a private shopping event at Purl Soho, (with prosecco), and then dinner at a nearby tapas restaurant with the whole group, including our other workshop teacher the fantastic Liesl Gibson of oliver + s.
Saturday morning started with breakfast at our space at The Sewing Studio and then a group field trip to Mood as soon as it opened—in order to beat the Halloween costume-supply shoppers that apparently flock at that time of year.
Mood was overwhelming, which is why I had never gone by myself before. But I did find some beautiful tie silk so I can finally try making AJ a tie out of a proper textile. Also a lot of cute buttons that you just can't find at Jo-Ann.
Washi dress (the saga of which I will save for its own post), and also got pretty far along with my second Tova top, which I cut and sewed there but finished up recently at home. I'll post the finished product soon.
Liesl helped me immensely with fitting my second muslin for my Washi, but I ended up wishing I had prepared more before coming so I could really work on fit and sewing when I got there. As in, I wish I had a few projects already cut, or a muslin already sewn, etc. Heather provided muslin and pattern paper, but cutting space was very limited, and so was time. But it was thrilling to meet Heather and Liesl, both of whom I admire so much, not to mention all the other interesting and talented sewing enthusiasts who came to the workshop. Several were repeat workshoppers, so if you are jealous of me, just think of how lucky those ladies are :). Now I have a few new blogs to read, including the fabulous Jenny's, Claudia's, and Sadie's.
I stayed an extra night before getting the bus home on Monday evening. Other non-sewing-related highlights from my weekend are below... (not pictured, but but forgotten: to-die-for dark chocolate chocolate chip cookies from Levain, walking Pepé to the Washington Square dog park, and late night hot toddies with my dear hostess and her sick boyfriend):
If you know me, you know how much I love New York, so it was a true blessing to have such a gorgeous long weekend back there.