I've had the good fortune to meet up with other bloggers a couple of times recently - Elizabeth of SEWN and the delightful short one she lives with, and last night badmomgoodmom and Shams and I all got together. (more about that below)
First I want to spread the word about an event coming up next month that sounds very intriguing, definitely educational, and probably a lot of fun as well! Britex Fabrics is partnering with Laurence King Publishing/Chronicle Books to present an evening class on draping techniques, celebrating the launch of Karolyn Kiisel's upcoming book, "Draping The Complete Course". I'm so looking forward to running my hands and eyes over this book - check out the cover, and a couple of pages of the beautiful illustrations inside - it looks quite promising:
My mother worked from patterns, but she always draped the clothes on me as she altered and fitted, and I've always loved to do that sort designing; my favorite creations often come from a draping type of inspiration! Now that I'm close to getting my dress form to actually match my body, I can't wait to start playing with draping on it; so the timing for this class is perfect! I hope to see you there! :) The date of the class is September 19, from 7-9, at Apparel Arts; cost is $25. (reasonable, I think!) The book will also be available at that time.
As for blogger meetups, I'm a bit late on this one, but I had a delightful brunch with Elizabeth of SEWN, and her sidekick Jack, a few weeks ago - here we are at Stonemountain (oops, did I say brunch? Well, yes, brunch and just a bit of fabric shopping.....). She is much braver than I in terms of exposure to our Bay Area summers - I never leave the house without layers! Jack was being a real trooper while we shopped, and quietly sat at the pattern table with his iPad. What a great kid!
And yesterday, I finally got to spend some quality time with badmomgoodmom. The 5-second meeting we had at PR Weekend really didn't cut it, so after a few dozen emails and phone calls and planning and re-planning over the past few days (she aptly called the process "Space-Time Tetris" in her blog post here), we got together for some snoop shopping in Hayes Valley (Hayes Street in San Francisco - a rather fabulous area to snoop shop in - I needed an out-of-towner to show me how much the area has changed over the past 20+ years - I definitely need to go back for a deeper exploration!)
We made it into a total of 3 shops (that girl can talk up a storm with any interesting stranger on the street, I swear!) before meeting up with Shams, who also blogged about our gathering in her post here. We spent the next 4 hours engrossed in tea and delicious food and conversation at Caffe Delle Stelle (Italian, of course, and recommended for great service and very good food, at reasonable prices).
badmom made a vociferous point about theoretical physicists not being nerdy & geeky (per Big Bang Theory, which shams and I both love and badmom hates). When good-dad joined us for a second round of food, badmom turned into goodsexyflirtymom and proved her point quite well. ;-D
It was a delightful evening! The more sewing bloggers (and sewing non-bloggers) I get to spend time with, the happier I am that I re-joined the sewing world, and keep getting connected with some of the most interesting and creative people around! Don't you agree?