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I blame Lindsay T

2011 November 7
by elizabeth_admin

Darn that Lindsay T and her post about sequin dresses for the holiday season.  I had sequins on the brain on Saturday.  But first, let me backtrack a bit.

This past weekend I had the distinct honor and pleasure of hosting a certain Susie Riley in my home.  As some of you know, being fellow bloggers yourselves, we often have the unique experience of forming friendships on line with people who live all over the globe and sometimes we actually get to meet them IRL (in real life).  My first such experience was meeting Patti Digh, whose blog 37 Days I have read for several years.  She’s a writer/essayist.  My next IRL meet up was with Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic fame.  Of course, as time went on and I blogged more and became friends with people on FaceBook, these meetings became less of a rarity and more commonplace, but nonetheless super awesome.  Talking to people who are obsessive-compulsive about the same things you are love the same things you do is always a guaranteed awesome time.  To make a long story long.  I am friends with Patti on FaceBook.  Susie Riley is friends with Patti too and a writer to boot.  Well, after co-commenting on Patti’s hilarious status updates for over a year, Susie and I friended each other on FaceBook too.  Susie is hilarious.  She runs several blogs, one of which is Susie On A Stick where she asks people to print pictures of herself, tape them to a stick, then to take “Susie” all over the world and take pictures of her in foreign settings.  I took “Susie” with me to England this summer and it was a hoot.  “Susie” even went to a bear club in London because that’s just how I roll (I’ll leave it up to you to research what a bear club is). 

Anyway, to get to the point, I mean stick, Susie and I have been virtual friends for about a year now.  I kept harassing inviting her to come down and visit me.  I mean, what could be more fun than meeting Susie on a Stick IRL???  Well, she finally called my bluff and bought train tix to NYC.   The moment she walked in my door, I knew it was fate.  The world grew a bit smaller that moment.  I know she and I must share some of the same DNA — we must!  We had a blast this weekend.  We stayed up way too late each night, drinking wine and margaritas (not at the same time, but possibly successively) and talking for hours and hours.  Truth be told, I probably did most of the talking (I am an ex-singer after all).  But Susie is a great listener, so I am going to blame her for my domination of the entire conversation. 

When I asked Susie what she wanted to do in NYC while she was here, she said she wanted me to take her to the garment district.  Wow, that was music to my ears.  So I took her to Mood.  We both bought the same stripey knit.  I have no idea what I’m going to make with it, but I loved it as soon as Susie found it.


Then we traipsed off to AK Fabrics.  But we both didn’t find anything we fancied there.  However, when we arrived at Paron’s, I hit the motherload.  I found a gorgeous black and white silk charmeuse in the 50% off room which would make a gorgeous peasant blouse. 


And then that’s when I saw IT.  I just happened upon a bolt of sequinned fabric that was just too gorgeous for words.  The sequins are applied in a haphazard fashion, but densely.  I won’t need to use a lining with this fabric for modesty.  The color was gorgeous.  The fabric has a slight stretch to it.  In every way it’s PERFECT.  I’m thinking a simple, fitted t-shirt dress pattern so that the fabric takes center stage.  I. LOVE. IT. 

It ticks every box for me.

  • It’s a gorgeous color
  • It’s kind of like a print with the sequin pattern
  • It’s sparkly; I love me some bling.


Are you jealous?  Don’t be, I paid a lot of money for it.  You can be thankful though that I saved you from spending your hard earned money though because there’s none left.  I took the last 2.5 yards of it.  Read it and weep my friends. 

And Susie, my door is always open to you!  Thanks for such a fun weekend.  🙂

23 Responses leave one →
  1. November 7, 2011

    LOVE! Love you, love NYC, (love that wine!), love the little boy who lives with you, love that we talked and talked and talked…

    … and I love that fabric. You couldn’t possibly have left it there… it was calling you!

    I cannot WAIT to see what you look like in that dress of yours – just like I cannot WAIT to get back down there for another Scrabble-Stave-Margarita-Madness weekend!


  2. November 7, 2011

    Sounds like a great time was had by all! Great score on the fabric, too.

  3. Meg permalink
    November 7, 2011

    Please don’t hold me responsible if sewing sequins causes you to pull your hair out! go back and read that STGD post because more people have left helpful comments about sewing sequins.

  4. November 7, 2011

    Ohh, sparkly! Sounds like a great weekend.

  5. November 7, 2011

    LOVE that roses print! oooooh pretty 🙂

  6. November 7, 2011

    Ok you succeeded, I am so jealous. I want bling bling for Xmas 🙂 I will go hunt for it next weekend.

  7. Helen permalink
    November 7, 2011

    As I scrolled down through your post, the photo of the sequined fabric made me catch my breath! It is the most amazing colour! I will admit, i’m jealous 🙂

  8. cidell permalink
    November 7, 2011

    Yesh. Thank you for saving me some money! I LOVE that sequin!

  9. November 7, 2011

    Sounds lirr an awesome time and lovely fabric haul.

  10. November 7, 2011

    Sounds like an awesome time and the sequin fabric is gorgeous.

  11. November 7, 2011

    Sounds like good fun. I can’t wait to hear about your exploits sewing sequins. Do share how it goes with us!

  12. November 8, 2011

    Ooooo. I LOVE your sparkly fabric! And it is stretchy? Blue, stretchy, sparkly = my favorite kind of fabric. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  13. November 8, 2011

    I love that sequin fabric! I cannot wait to see what you make with it. It must be fun to meet blog people IRL – I’m super envious (and that you live in NYC!)

  14. November 8, 2011

    The sequins are great but I’m fascinated by the knit. What sort of scale is it? Glad you had such a fun weekend!

  15. Kelly permalink
    November 8, 2011

    What’s your address again, I think I left my . . . something there that I need to retrieve. I saw a black skirt this weekend made from sequined material that I want to wear on Thanksgiving your fabric would be PURRRRRFECT.

  16. Kelly permalink
    November 8, 2011

    What’s your address again, I think I left my . . . something there that I need to retrieve. I saw a black skirt this weekend made from sequined material that I want to wear on Thanksgiving your fabric would be PURRRRRFECT.

  17. Kelly permalink
    November 8, 2011

    sorry for the double post, I guess I really want it.

  18. November 8, 2011

    I love all those fabric purchases and have also been wanting a sequinned top for a while, I will have to go fabric shopping and see if I can find something that I can blame on LindsayT too!

  19. Rosie permalink
    November 8, 2011

    E – you got some gorgeous fabrics. Now paint the town red girl! Hot mama!

  20. November 9, 2011

    Sequins!… I like 🙂
    A short sequin dress makes me think of that line from Tina Turner’s ‘Private Dancer’ song… “…do you wanna see me do the shimmy again?” 😉

  21. December 5, 2011

    I have to say, that when I read about Susie’s impending adventure to NYC I was a bit concerned. I have read the results of the weekend and am happy that neither one of you turned into an axe murderer. Glad you two had a great time and I love the fabric!
    Jotter Girl

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