Not much sewing around here lately. I’ve been bogged down with paperwork instead. My only creative outlet has been these MMM photos. All were taken on the phone – I felt too hassled to even manage a tripod. And as motto of the month has been to “do it with conviction”, I decided to play with the weird angles that inevitably result from too short an arm or propping up the phone.
‘I, Pia of overflowingstahs.com, sign up – belatedly – as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15. I endeavour to wear at least one Me-Made each day for the duration of May 2015′
Finally, I decided to join in all the fun for a change. I normally don’t join the various exciting sew-alongs because I’m confident I could follow through. But this blog and your readership have helped motivate me tremendously in upping my productivity. I feel I’m now in a place where my not so ambitious pledge is finally possible. Here’s to many more years of conquering new sewing territories and taming that Mt. Everest of a Stash.
I’m going to try to keep up with the photo evidences, but post them only weekly to keep the noises down. And maybe have some fun experimenting with different photo approaches rather than my bog standard tripod self-timer shots. Here’s the first week of May…
You got to hand it to gregarious Rachel of House of Pinheiro for organizing such an epic #NYlon2014 meet-up. She counted 71 attendees this year. Wow. There were colorful ladies not just from all over UK, but also honored guests from across the pond and the Continent as well. Colorful too were the Me-Mades on show (and Clio‘s famous purple wig!). Compared to the other crowd at the V&A – our meeting point – the NYlon2014 swarm definitely stood out. Passer-bys were quite bemused. I saw at least one sneaking a photo of the group as we lined up for the customary group shot in the courtyard. Sadly no crafty blokes showed up, just one lone boyfriend of a lady sewist. Maybe next year? Or do UK blokes not sew?
London weather put in a fine showing as well. Days ago it was still brrrrrr and BBC foretasted rain for the day. But in fact yesterday was all sun blazing mid 25C/70ish F. Fabulous weather, if a tad too warm for browsing air-conditionless Goldhawk Road fabric shops in the afternoon. But that didn’t stop most ladies from acquiring a stash & going for second rounds. “Enablers” they called each other tongue-in-cheek British style. I joined in too with the egging on. When in London they say… But I was good. I came away surprisingly empty handed. I have a NYC trip planned & MR was already teasing me about going on a fabric fast. So of course I wasn’t going to lend him more ammunition. I’m happy enough to live variously through everyone else’s acquisitions.
The highlights for me of course was the camaraderie, and checking out the Me-Mades in walking 3D. Wouldn’t it have been fun to do a Name That Pattern Quiz, maybe in the tradition of British Pub Quiz? OK, maybe 71 would be too many people to fit in most pub function rooms. And you can’t really do anything too organized and prolonged in a public space. But when else would you get to check out the patterns on beautiful ladies of all shapes and sizes?
I would have failed any such quiz miserably though. There was a large contingent of Indie Pattern fans. All the “Annas” and whatnots flew straight over my Indie Virgin head. I found out one key attraction of the Indie Patterns which I hadn’t realized: The appeal of Sew-Alongs, especially for relative beginners & the social butterflies. It would be rare to find the same level of engagement from more establish brands. I wore my tried & tested old makes: V1159 Donna Karan Twist Front Dress and reversible Burdastyle 2013-11-117 Moto Jacket for the early start chill. Some ladies made their outfits just in time for the meet-up. There were some self-drafted lovelies too.
I’m hoping the official photos will be online soon and all the attendees will check them out, identify themselves and what they wore, and let us know their blog address. For I have a terrible memories for names and stuff. In the meanwhile here are some photos I took. Many ladies were much more organized with their proper camera in tow. I have to resort to Instagram trickery to make mine somewhat interesting looking (I hope).
Thanks to North American contingent (Clio, Jennifer, Devra, & Vicki) for suggesting the meet-up & pitching in to herd & direct the group to the various meeting & regrouping points. Hope you have a wonderful stay in London (& onward to the Continent Clio).
And thanks to those lovely ladies I did manage to chat to. I hope I’ll get to relearn all your names again soon, and see what you make with the stash you bought yesterday.
A week on and finally a write-up. At my age even a couple of weeks of excitement is too much. Two days back in dreary old London and I’m still only 25% human. But if I don’t write it up now I’m afraid my memory will fail me too. So here goes…
It wasn’t the most auspicious of start. Rain was forecasted. And many had to cancel for other reasons. So I wandered through the FIT museum by myself. Sadly both bookstores were also closed for the weekend: I had forgotten that school’s out. Ah well, c’est la vie. I did find a couple of interesting pieces at the RetroSpective exhibition though:
Halson halter dress from 1972…The original convertible dress! And I thought Victoria’s Secret & the modern-day independent designers were being so clever.
Jean-Paul Gaultier 1988 seersucker jacket with black horizontal stripe detail at high hip & lace applique overlapping these stripes at the sides. I love these artfully arranged details.
Sadly no picture-taking in the museum. I actually set off the alarm a couple of times trying to get a closer view of the garments. Oops.
Next up, Bryant Park for meeting late comers. Thankfully a couple of you did eventually show up!
Jennifer of Workroom Social also brought along a couple of friends whom she managed to bully into take up sewing! Sadly they couldn’t stay for shopping. So Clio of Clio & Phineas was stuck with me for the rest of the afternoon. But what a lovely afternoon it was! For me at least.
While I’ve enjoyed the online sewing blogsphere, I haven’t manage to connect with other fashion sewers offline yet. So meeting and chatting to you gals in real life was such a treat. No funny looks for the weird things that we home sewers obsess about! 🙂 And Clio being familiar with NYC as it was when I lived there was just icing – or should that be Frosting – on the cake. Oh how I feel homesick for NYC.
Anyway, shockingly not much shopping was done on the day. Clio had no need for stashing as she can visit the garment district whenever she wants. So she only got some threads for her current sewing projects.
Me, I was too distracted by the company to shop properly. Plus I forgot that the stores close early on Saturdays. So the only things I bought was a large wax carbon paper & this lovely lace.
But fear not, I did return to the garment district the following Monday & Tuesday. Report on the Haul tomorrow.
Right now I just want to thank Clio and Jennifer for a lovely Saturday afternoon in NYC.
And thank heaven that it did not rain after all.
And Peter of Male Pattern Boldness too for pointing us to the flea markets: My other half ended up buying a heavy vintage microphone that weighs a ton, robbing me of precious baggage allowance for more fabrics I don’t need. Yet I couldn’t spot a single stall of vintage sewing goodies that Peter brag about all the time. Thanks a lot Peter! 😉
Anyway, you should check out Mezzo’s version of V1324. I especially liked her blouse, which I think is closer in spirit to the original despite a different fabric choice than what was recommended on the pattern envelope. And I love that the result looks so good on her womanly figure rather than being fit only for tall stick insects model figures! 😀
Is that a long acceptance speech or what? OK, on to the business.
Being relatively new to the blogsphere, I had to Google this OLB award and find out what is all about. Seems like its origin is vague, but the rules can be easily found via other previous honorees. So here goes…
One Lovely Blog Award Rules
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
2. Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.
But if I tell you I’ll have to … Just kidding.
Many an obsession of mine started with Japanese Girl’s Manga. But not my sewing nor my humongous fabric stash.
My English name Pia is lifted from one such Japanese Manga. A mermaid character would you believe it.
I lost my sweet tooth somewhere along the road. But I can easily polish off a big bag of salty chips (or crisps as they call them here in old Blighty) any day.
I once wore postcards as brooches. Thank God I lived in NYC at the time. Anywhere else (except in Japan perhaps) and I would probably have been bullied. In NYC, no one bats an eyelid!
My favorite fashion magazine growing up was a Japanese one named after Olive Oyl from the Popeye cartoon. (Now you can see why I’d even think to wear postcards as brooches. Those crazy Japanese kids! :0)
No, I’m not Japanese. By descent or otherwise.
I was Coco Chanel in my previous life. No, really!(OK, you caught me out, I was already born when she passed.)
3. Nominate fifteen or so bloggers you admire.
Oh dear, where do I start? I’m subscribed to over 45 blogs on my Google Reader and discovering new ones regularly. Sadly some of those don’t seem to be updated anymore. Some are so popular judging by the amount of comments they get that maybe they’ve already had the award twice over. And can one nominate the person who nominated you in the first place? (OK, maybe Mezzo has too many link from one post already, and need to share the love around a bit! 😉
So here are some random picks from the perhaps lesser known gems (judging by relative amount of comments) who deserves wider recognition. Maybe some will accept and pass on the honor to others.
Bag’n-telle – by bag designer & educator Don Morin. One can never get enough tips from the experts! 🙂
Goodbye Valentino – Brave lady campaigning to live another year without RTW purchases. I was tempted to join in. But I chickened out. I couldn’t do without more fitted cardies after the moths regularly decimate my wardrobe.
last but not least, and this time not a sewing blog… Growlingbelly – a friend’s mouth-watering food blog
Dec 13 Correction:
The full rules of the game are actually:
1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Add The One Lovely Blog Award to your post.
3. Share 7 things about yourself.
4. Pass the award on to 10 nominees. 5. Include this set of rules. 6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs
Oops. I blame Go0gle for not ranking their results by the clearest instruction criteria when I tried to find out the rules of the award! 😛
Better go tell my nominees now, even though some of them have already been nominated by other bloggers subsequently. See, they must be worth checking out if they’re getting nominated left right and center! 😀