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PR Weekend Chicago

2011 May 16
by elizabeth_admin

What a weekend!  It was so much fun getting to see old friends, making new ones and meeting people for the first time IRL instead of on-line or on Facebook.  I had a blast.  It was so strange, yet flattering, to have people come up to me to tell me that they read my blog.  Who’da thunk it?!

So many people are going to write such great reviews of the weekend, I’m sure, so I won’t bore you with a play by play.   I’ll just share with you my highlights:

  • Rooming with Claudine, Robin and Sheryl was a blast
  • Having a cold the entire time I was there was not (apologies to those I either infected or stared at blankly while desperately wondering where my kleenex was)
  • Seeing my home town again was great.  Even better was getting to have lunch with my Mom and my best friend Cayce
  • I was bummed I didn’t get to meet Cindy
  • Meeting people IRL from Facebook and other blogs (it was so funny to see how people would recognize each other every day; to see the recognition play across their faces)
  • The shopping was great (see goodies below)
  • Angela Wolf was an entertaining guest speaker
  • Also bummed I missed meeting the Lt Governor since my flight was on the early side on Sunday
  • I was absolutely charmed by Deepika of Pattern Review and just might forgive her that she lost all her baby weight and then some just four short months after the birth of her daughter.  Maybe. 
  • Total yards bought: 15 yds.  Not too much, not too little, and it all fit in my suitcase!

My tw0 most favorite aspects of PR Weekends?

  1. The shopping
  2. The people.

Not necessarily in that order, or maybe both tied for first.  🙂  

And now for the goodies!  From New Rainbow Fabrics, my group’s first stop on the shopping day I bought 2 yds of a cotton eyelet.  I just think eyelets are so summery.  And even though the weekend was wintry (I could have sworn that it snowed in Chicago while we were there) and NYC hasn’t really had a spring, I am sure this summer will be hot and humid.  So a cool eyelet will be just what the doctor ordered in no time at all.  I am planning to make a simple shift dress with this fabric, but don’t know yet what color I will use to underline it.  My first inclination would be to use black batiste as I am really in love with the black and white scheme coming off my recent KS3408 dress.


The next stop was Fishman’s Fabrics.  Interesting factoid: The owner and I are the same age and he attended high school a couple of towns north from where I did.  We knew some of the same people.  Funny!  The prices there were on the high side, but the quality was good.  I bought a digital print cotton voile (2 yds) and and stretch cotton in a black and white geometric print (1 yd).  I’m not sure what I will do with the cotton voile, but know already that I will make a simple pencil skirt with the stretch cotton.



And since Robin and I had time, we scooted into the Vogue downtown location for a little while before we had to get on the bus to go to the next stop on the shopping excursion.  There I bought some batik remnants, one in a navy and the other in a turquoise print.  Both were 1.5 yd remnants.  I am going to make these into dresses for my two nieces in Madison.  They won’t be quite matchy matchy, but it will be cute to see them together in these dresses, don’t you think?  No pattern in mind yet.


The next stop on the magical mystery tour bus was Soutache Ribbons and The Needle Shop.   Soutache was so gorgeous.  I loved everything in there.  I bought some ribbon and lace trim for the two nieces’ dresses and some belt buckles for myself.  At The Needle Shop, I found a gorgeous cotton lawn print that looked straight out of the Liberty of London catalog.  I bought two yards of it for who knows what right now.  I also bought my first Oliver and S pattern, the Tea Party Sundress.




Then it was off to the Vogue Fabrics flagship store in Evanston.  Again, as I am in Mood Fabrics, I found I was overwhelmed at Vogue.  But I was finally able to get over those feelings and choose a couple of gorgeous fabrics.  The first thing that caught my eye was a true ikat weave fabric in silk dupioni.  Originally, I liked the brighter colors of some of the colorways, but found this more muted one to suit the “atmosphere” of my office.  I am thinking a sheath dress would be nice in this ikat and bought 2 yds.  Then I found a rayon twill in a floral print.  The drape and hand of this fabric was beautiful.  I love the colors (navy and red) too.  Of course this will be a dress as well.  I have heard over and over again that rayon is great for swishy dresses and have been dying to try it out.  I bought 3 yds of the rayon, and now I just have to find the right pattern!



I am saving the best for tomorrow though as well as the accompanying funny story.  And I have a surprise for you too!

Until then, happy sewing!

8 Responses leave one →
  1. May 16, 2011

    I thought I knew all the fabric in chicago…your selection of fabrics are wonderful!! Sorry we didn’t meet. I ended up at a soccer game in the rain and a two day swim meet…Hope to meet soon!

  2. May 16, 2011

    Glad you had a great time and lovely haul of fabrics.

  3. May 16, 2011

    I bought the same cotton voile print, only I wasn’t 100% sure of the fiber content. I’m going to make a blouse with mine and a silk tank top to wear under – it’s a little sheer. Lots of people bought some of that cotton.

  4. May 16, 2011

    Whoa! Good scores! Can’t wait to see the dresses 🙂

  5. May 16, 2011

    Looks like you had an awesome Chicago weekend! Speaking of great online sewing inspiration, have you checked out yet? Lots of links to other sewers’ blogs, free projects, and opportunities to volunteer your sewing talent to help others in need. I think you’d like it! Happy stitching!

  6. May 16, 2011

    I see you did a little damage this past weekend. I love your haul, especially a little something something that you haven’t talked about yet. I’m assuming that will be tomorrow? LOL!!! It was great seeing you this weekend. I had a great time. By the way, I also purchased that cotton voile for a blouse.

  7. May 17, 2011

    Your account us much more coherent than mine was!! I think dividing it into more than one post is a smart move. And I’m so glad you’re going to tell the story tomorrow too- I thought of mentioning something about it in passing, but decided that 1.) it wasn’t my story to tell and 2.) I wouldn’t do it justice!!

  8. May 18, 2011

    Love your fabrics! I bought the same white eyelet on Sunday morning. I was thinking of underlining with turquoise but can’t decide!

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