Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I left my wallet in Puyallup.

Sunday I made the trek south to Puyallup for the Sewing & Stitchery Expo. This marked my first time ever going to a sewing expo. I was excited. It was raining and there was a bit of fog. Of course, no one in this area knows how to drive in it despite that fact that the weather is like this 90% of the time. I encountered six car wrecks during my journey there and back home. Sheesh.

Aside from that, I had no idea what to expect at the sewing expo. Mostly I wanted to buy fabric and a notion or two. Seriously. That's all. I didn't sign up for classes or anything like that. Clearly, I have a one-track mind. I wore my Minty Fresh Trench and got a few compliments. *blushes* I am seriously in love with that coat.

I wandered around for a bit, taking everything in. A lot of booths were centered around quilting, which I have no interest in whatsoever. Just because I made one baby quilt doesn't mean I want to do it all the time. While I admired some of the craftsmanship, I did so in passing. Apparel fabric was on my mind.

Then I happened upon the Vogue Fabrics booth. I was overwhelmed and giddy, however, I did manage to keep calm. I didn't have a set budget. I knew not to go overboard or I'd have some explaining to do once I got home. After Vogue Fabrics, I wandered around some more--into another building with booths. I bought some floral sateen from a booth filled with expensive cashmere and wool suitings and Italian shirtings.

Once my fabric shopping was done, I looked around a bit more. Then I ate a fair scone (delicious) and called it a day. I was there about 1 1/2 hours. By that point the crowd was getting on my nerves. Never been a fan of crowds.

As long as Vogue Fabrics has a booth, I will probably always find time to visit the sewing expo. But enough talk, here's some pictures:

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These are both cotton sateens. I bought the left one from Vogue. The right one is from the aforementioned wool suitings booth. The Vogue sateen will likely become a pencil skirt or maybe even a pleated skirt. I've become quite enamored with this Kate Spade skirt. The floral sateen is lightweight enough for a button-down shirt.

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Both of these are from Vogue. The left is rayon challis. The right is a silky polyester. I decided that I needed more prints in my wardrobe. The challis will become a fit and flare dress of some sort. Not sure if I want to go gathered or pleated with the skirt. The bow print will become a blouse but I'm not sure of the pattern yet.

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Finally, we have my last two Vogue purchases: a soft yellow stretch cotton and another silky polyester. I love the yellow cotton and it will become a shirt dress. The red butterfly print...I'm not sure. Honestly, I'm not even sure as to why I bought it. I'm not a fan of red. I'm not a fan of butterfly prints. Kris said it's because of Portlandia. We've been watching it and apparently some twee slipped into my brain. Oh well. I'll figure out a use for it.

That's it. Not too big of a haul but just enough to keep me busy for the next month or two.


  1. Haha, got to watch that twee slip - if it's not butterflies it will be owls or foxes! Nice haul :)

  2. Ahh, I love expo's, the big one in London is coming up in two weeks and I need to make a list of things to get and set a budget. The first time I went I was too overwhelmed to buy much and the second time I was too excited and bought A LOT. Love the bow print and I'm sure you'll find something good to make out of the butterfly one.

  3. I agree--driving conditions were awful on Sunday. If you're ever in the Chicago area, make time to visit the big Vogue store in Evanston--you won't be disappointed. Also, if you haven't already done so, it's totally worth it to do a day trip down to Portland for fabric shopping.

  4. You got some nice fabrics! I will be sure to stop by the Vogue Fabrics booth in the Atlanta expo. I will be taking two classes, and this will be my first time attending. I really wish they would take this same concept and do a big fashion sewing expo!!!!

  5. I missed the expo this year. I really needed some fusible bias binding. your fabrics are fabulous. g

  6. So glad you had a good time! I've been to the Sewing Expo on the East Coast and spent quite a bit of time at the Vogue Fabrics booth so I understand how you lingered there. However, I'd like to encourage you to take some classes at the next one. You will be glad that you did!


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