After staying out way. too. late., and sleeping in way. too. late., I didn't arrive at AIF until 12:30. That's 2-1/2 hours of shopping/snoop shopping/idea gathering/schmoozing time that was wasted in bed. But that's OK. Really. She says as she reminds herself that she's trying to pay bills off, not build them up......
For those who haven't kept up on posts about this event, Artistry in Fashion is Cañada College's annual event showcasing local designers, some of whom are or have been students at Cañada College Fashion Design Dept. (honestly, I would LOVE to take some of the amazing sounding classes they offer....especially since I have yet to take a real sewing class. One of these days.......)
Reminiscing on yesterday's good news/bad news post, the good news is that I now know quite a few more of the amazing, creative sewists who show up at this event, and it was wonderful spending time greeting and schmoozing with so many of them! The bad news is that, between chatting with said amazing creatives, and watching Marsha McClintock's Saf-T-Pockets fashion show, (and her followup presentation on creative accessories), there were booths that I never even got to before closing time! Good for my pocket book, but I actually brought cash with intent to spend it! Ah well....my grocery budget benefits instead, which is a good thing (I think....).
One delightful aspect of the day for me was that, when I did spend time visiting with a vendor, and asked them how sales were, every single one of them said sales were great for them! I so loved hearing that! As someone who has both sold a few of my own creations over the years, and done my best to support makers of hand made goodies all my adult life, it really makes my heart sing to hear that creatives are doing well in business :)
Here is Susan Krimmer Designs' lovely booth - Sue is a first-timer who did very well (and with good reason!) She is a local artist who has studied with Wayne Wichern, one of the talented teachers at Cañada College Fashion School. Sue does not yet have an active web presence - I'll add a link when she does.
|Sue's beautiful hats and scarves at the beginning of the day|
(photo courtesy of Sue Krimmer)
|This is exactly the sort of long, slightly crazy necklace I just love to wear!|
This piece was made by Judy Thompson-Melanson of TerraLuna Designs (another artist without an active web presence yet)
|Look at that beautiful lampwork bead! |
(purchased by Judy and incorporated into the necklace)
Until the fashion show, and then seeing the garments up close, and trying them on. Sold!!! Marsha is brilliant with pockets, and she's delightful and comfy to chat with as well. And her pieces are exquisitely sewn! (an aspect I really appreciate in a professional pattern-maker/designer/sewist) Not only are her pocket placements beautifully thought out, the clothes are really practical, and also wonderfully embellish-able (that IS a word, right?)
|I was happy to be able to try on a sample of each of these garments to determine size, fit, and whether they worked for me - isn't it fabulous to be able to know these factors ahead of time?|
|Wendy, Rose, Lisa and I, bemoaning the fact that the vendors were packing up, |
while we were still ready to shop!
*Re: Pentatonix - who knew that I should have brought earplugs to an a capella concert??? It wasn't the musicians, it was the screaming fans!!!! For those of you who don't yet know the music of Pentatonix, please DO check them out - 5 UBER talented kids! Here's just one of them, doing what he did before joining the group: Kevin Olusola and his cello
An aside: My (non-sewing) friend Kim and I met my BABES sewing buddy Heather and her hubby at the concert, and after our initial greetings we realized that not only were Heather and I both wearing Decades of Style Shawls from the same pattern, but we were also wearing Marcy Tilton pants from the same pattern! One of the great things about sewing: our outfits looked so completely different that even we didn't realize it at first :) The proof:
One more sneak peek at the upcoming project (it will be finished today, I think!) Yes, I did end up adding some silk screening after all.... :)
In closing, I'm curious....how many of you, like me, have never taken a sewing class or workshop? And if you haven't, would you like to? Those of you who have taken classes, what were your favorites, and why? Inquiring minds and all that.......