18 August 2015

NYC and MPB 2015 (pic heavy)

It was nice to be back in the city after not having visited since 2011. I moved away in 2004 and things have changed.   A LOT.  One word:  gentrification.  O_o  The rent really is too damn high.  Alas, I digress.

I arrived Monday evening, 3 Aug and was greeted by my friend with some good Jamaican vegetarian food.  Mmmmmmmmm.  I miss Brooklyn.

On Tuesday, I met with Kenneth D. King to get help on my trench coat.  This...

...now looks like this:

Kenneth said that the facing was too short - something several people noticed and that I suspected as well.  I don't know how that happened because I measured twice before I cut anything.  Oh well.  He deepened the final hem and trimmed the front a bit to meet the facing.  He made these changes to the pattern as well.

Here's Kenneth working to fix my coat.
During my visit with Kenneth, I got to see both of his hair coats and a jacket he made that doesn't have any vertical seams!  Gaaaah.  Why didn't I take a picture?! 

When I returned home, I took the coat to my dry cleaner to give it a really good press.  Now I'm ready to add the buttonholes and buttons.  And belt.  And sleeve tabs, if I keep them.

Kenneth also showed me a foolproof way of inserting an invisible zipper.  He learned the method from Lynda Maynard.  To keep this post on topic, I'll write a separate post showing the method.  I promise!

Tuesday evening, my friend and I went to see a taping of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.  I've been to talk show tapings before (Montel Williams and Ricki Lake); I'm always amazed at how small the studios actually are.  I guess the camera really does add 10 pounds.  Or something.

I've yet to watch the episode we saw.  I know the jokes already.  Hah!

On Wednesday, I headed out to New Jersey to meet with my friend Kyle of Vacuuming the Lawn.  I had never been to Princeton and love the quaint peacefulness of the town.  We walked around the campus and I got to see some of its lovely architecture.  

After lunch, we went to Kyle's home to check out her sewing digs.  I got to see and hold Kyle's Amy Butler Mum Pillow.  I remember following along as she made the pillow and marveling at the finished project.  It was like meeting a celebrity!  

I also got to see Kyle's fantastic spectacular (fantacular?) Butterick backpack.  Everything about this backpack is perfection:  design, fabric, and construction.  If she wants to retire soon (like tomorrow), she can make a living off of selling these!

Thursday and Friday were spent roaming the garment district.  I wanted to do a little pre-shopping before meeting with everyone for Male Pattern Boldness day.  And shop I did.

I stocked up on knits from Spandex World and lingerie elastic from Pacific Trimming.  I also bought a very nice wool coating from Kashi at Metro Textiles along with several other pieces of fabric from different stores.

textured knit
Anne, Kyle, and I all bought cuts of this fabric.
quilted fabric and hardware for Simplicity 2153 anorak

heavy-weight Ponte in black, coral, navy, and cream
rayon lycra
cotton lycra for t-shirts and underwear

Spandex World has superb natural fiber knits.  I've been a loyal customer for a few years and recommend their products.  They're not cheap and rarely run sales, but the quality is worth it.  NAYY, just a happy customer.

Saturday was the big day for two reasons:  (1) it was the fifth anniversary of Male Pattern Boldness day, and (2) it was the fortieth anniversary of my hatching!

During dinner that evening, I was surprised with a birthday card signed by Kyle, Anne, and Tomasa.  And this awesomeness:

I've been wanting one of these zippered pouches since FOREVER!   Kyle made it just for me!!!  I was - and still am - very moved by her gift!  Inside the pouch were these:

Bwahaha.  Love!  My cuts and scrapes will be in high-style from now on! =)  Thanks Kyle!

Earlier in the day, we met up with the rest of the MPB attendees - first viewing the current exhibit at the FIT museum. 
I met James from craft space continuum.  His energy was delightful and his dog food bag bag was neat!  Yes, you read correctly.  He made a shopping bag out of an old dog food bag.  The details can be found in this blog post.

The FIT exhibit showcased garments inspired by global fashion capitals.  I didn't names of the designers.  Oops.


I think the third photo (lower left) is from DKNY.  

Of course there was more fabric and notion shopping.  I picked up a couple pieces of denim for more jeans and lots of elastic to make elasticized waistbands like Kyle does

Finally on Sunday, my friend and I went to the Met to see the China Through the Looking Glass exhibit.  All I can say is WOW.  If you're in NYC, definitely make time to see the exhibit.  I took several

photos, but will only show this one:

This is a dress made of pottery.  I now know what to do with the overflow of bowls and plates that I currently have.

Okay, two more.  I don't remember who designed these dresses; they were gorgeous!

That's it for the NY trip.  I enjoyed it immensely and had a great time.  I feel my sewjo coming back and that's definitely a good thing!

Until next time, peace!



  1. So glad you had a great time! Princeton is lovely isn't it?!

    1. Thank you. Indeed, Princeton is very lovely. =)

  2. Thanks for all the pics and the "tour" of your trip. Sounds like a fabulous time. Enjoy sewing all those new fabrics!

    1. You're welcome. =) I've started washing some of the fabric already. I want to make two pairs of jeans, two coats, and some underwear. Hopefully this fabric won't stay in the stash too long.

  3. It looks like you had an amazing trip! Which is awesome!!!!! Cannot wait to see your trench finished, and S2153. Your hardware is making me jealous!!!

    1. I can't wait to see the trench finished either. Hah! I need to sit down and sew on the buttons. As for S2153, I picked it based on your versions! Hopefully I won't need too many alterations because I am anxious to sew it!

  4. Happy Belated Birthday !!! Glad you had an awesome time and loving all those fabric goodies.

  5. Great trip with friends to meet and fabric and notions shopping as well.

    1. I had a good time and, of course, bought way too much fabric. =)

  6. Wow!!! That was an amazing trip and glad that you had such a wonderful time!

    1. Thank you Lisa! It was a lot of fun and a good way to unwind before...cue evil music...school starts!

  7. It looks like you had a great time. Belated happy birthday!

  8. Nice haul! Jealous of all the "sewing friend" visits and shopping! Speaking of which, we are overdue for a Detroit Sews visit, right?!?!

  9. Wow! What a way to spend your birthday. MPB Day ..AND getting sewing help from Kenneth D. King. I have sewing-name-dropper-envy. Happy Birthday!

  10. Thanks for coming out to the burbs to visit me and my stash!! Soooo happy that you liked the zipper pouch!!!

  11. Wow, you took full advantage of your time in NYC! I am also very happy you decided to spend your birthday day with us. It was great fun.

  12. Oh to have Kenneth King work on your coat, I am so envious and happy for you that he sorted out the issue. A wonderful collection of fabrics and notions. So glad you got to spend your birthday with such lovely people and that they helped make your day very special.

  13. Wow - firstly happy 40th hatching anniversary... Wow - there is no way you look forty. What a great time you are having. And to meet Mr King and have him help with your coat - wonderful. Looking forward to seeing it finished

  14. What a great trip! I would have loved to been able to be at the male pattern baldness day and meet others, unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be this year. Thanks for sharing with us the photos of those magnificent dresses made out of dishes! How amazing! Must've been a wonderful treat for you and so glad you had a great time!

  15. Kenneth King is the best!! :) What a great opportunity to meet him and to get his help with your coat!

    Belated happy hatching! I'm so glad you had a great birthday with great people!

  16. I love yoursewing patterns and I will probably make 1 or 2 more before the summer ends. I love your version!


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