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Meetup, shopping, dinner, and more

2011 January 24
by elizabeth_admin

Hello!  This weekend I had a lovely time with my friend Robin.  She flew in from Chicago for the Vogue Knitting Live Marketplace and to visit.  We met up there and toured the stalls.  There were some amazing samples, yarn and some amazing weird wearable “art” pieces.  Robin introduced me to Tess yarn and I love it.  The skeins were really large (some were 600 yds long) and the yarn itself was sooo dreamy.  Cashmere and silk blends anyone?  Lovely stuff.  I was especially drawn to the light and airy mohair sweaters.  LOVE. THEM.

Jack was with us all day and he was a real trooper.  I was carrying him around for a while (all 40 lbs of him) and he fell asleep.  So Robin and I sat down and let him nap as we chatted.  It was really crowded at the show, so it was nice to get out of the crowd for awhile.  I ended up not buying anything as I am still more obsessed with sewing than knitting right now, but Robin bought some Tess yarn.

Once Jack woke up, we traipsed off to Paron’s and Elegant fabrics for a quick look see.  I took Robin to Elegant because it’s a store with tons of lovely fabrics.  They’re well displayed and well marked, but their prices can be astronomical ($125/yd for some brocade).  Strangely enough, they have the cheapest price for Liberty of London fabric.  Go figure!  At Paron’s, Robin scored some special fabric for dressy dresses.  I cheaped out with some orange cotton ribbing for Jack’s jammies.  Since I had just been there in the last two weeks, I took it easy on my wallet.

That night, we went to dinner at Azabu, a hip sushi restaurant in Tribeca, where we proceeded to drink an incredible amount of white wine.  So much so, that I kept thinking I lost my ring after washing my hands and make Robin retrace our steps TWICE when it was just in my pocket.  Haha!  Also, I think there might have been oversharing on my part at the wine bar we went to after.  Whoo boy.  Needless to say the morning after was a little difficult.  But I still managed to make Robin some french toast before she had to catch her plane.

It was a wonderful visit. 

Oh, and I forgot to mention that she had some great advice for me as to how to fix my S2337 dress.  I actually started to unpick the areas that I want to adjust last night.  Yes, I know.  Unpicking stitches in a knit fabric is my least favorite thing to do, but I love this dress and I love this fabric.  So I am making the ultimate sacrifice for my sewing.  😉  Robin suggested that I take it up by about an inch in the shoulders.  And depending on that outcome, I might have to fiddle with the princess seams in the upper bodice.  This might rectify the plunging neckline problem I have.  We’ll see.  Also, I might have to take in the princess seams at the hips down to the hem.  It seems a little baggy in front.  Of course I will straighten out the hip curve as well at the side seams.  I will work on it some more tonight.  Overall, I could probably use the sz 12 if I make this dress again in a doubleknit.  And I just might because this is the most flattering dress I have ever had on my body and that’s saying a lot because it’s so big right now. 

Did I mention that I love this dress?

5 Responses leave one →
  1. January 24, 2011

    Even in it’s imperfect state, it is a total stunner on you. I need to make one!

  2. January 24, 2011

    Great recap of the weekend! It was fantastic and I had a wonderful time. No worries on the oversharing, I’m sure I did some of that myself. I have now subscribed to your blog by email (the only way my slacker self will for SURE read it every day as soon as it is updated.) I also am trying to figure out how to set up Google Reader on my iPhone (there doesn’t seem to be an app for it, but I’m still looking) so that I can keep up with other blogs too (at least a little better than I have been lately.) I can’t wait to see the new and improved version of the dress, as you’re right – it has great potential!

  3. January 24, 2011

    Sounds like a fun weekend. It’s good you are so enthusiastic about your dress, that will come in andy while you are unpicking it. I agree it is definitely worth saving if possible though, hope it works.

  4. January 24, 2011

    That would be handy not andy!

  5. January 24, 2011

    I knew you could make that dress work. I know it is going to gorgeous on you too.

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