My Trip To NYC!

14 Mar

I’m baaaack!! Hope y’all have a big ol’ Lauren-shaped hole in your hearts that needs filling, because this is about to be a super long post, filled with lots of pictures that I mostly stole from other people’s blogs. What can I say – I was too busy ~enjoying the moment~ to be bothered to take pictures. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself πŸ˜‰ Rather than break this up into a bunch of posts, I’m just going to do one megapost so it’ll be easy to skip if you’re not interested!

Sonja kindly offered to let me crash on her couch while I was in town, so that’s where I stayed the majority of the week (a couple days were spent visiting some old Nashville friends up in Ossining. I took the train by myself and everything – so proud, you have no idea ha). Sonja was a GREAT hostess – with some of the cutest, no, THE cutest pugs ever! I would now like to take this opportunity to introduce you to my new girlfriend, her name is Peggy and she’s the cuddliest darling in the world:
Peg the Pug

After an afternoon of eating cookies and lurking dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, we met up with some of the in-town Mood Sewing Network bloggers for dinner and drinks. I had a few people ask me this, so I just want to clarify – Mood didn’t have anything to do with my NYC trip. I mean, duh, fabric shopping was a big huge giant to-do at the top of the list… but I planned and paid for the trip on my own accord. Once that was set in action, Oona actually handled most of the meeting up deetz, including the Mood dinner. Honestly, I would have been totally lost and probably flailing in the dark somewhere if it hadn’t been for her and Sonja taking control of the plans. Thanks, ladiez!

Mood Dinner
Meeting Sonja and Oona made me feel like I was part an epic trio. I feel like I talked about this nonstop during my trip, but it’s so cool to meet people ~in person~ and realize that they are even more awesome than you guessed from reading their blogs. That’s how I felt about everyone I met. I don’t think I stopped the smiling the whole time I was there (and still smiling now, fyi!)

Mood Dinner
Meg from Mood joined us, as well as Carolyn (who I was super excited to meet!)

Mood Dinner
Peter showed up too!

Friday morning, I woke up bright and early to…
Southerners will understand my delight. Snow! That sticks! And the whole city didn’t shut down! Such novelty!

Friday was the first day I spent fabric shopping – what started out as a pizza and spandex date ended up a 7 hour shopping spree, no lie! We started out just me, Sonja and Oona, then after lunch we added Peter and Carolyn for my first foray into Mood.

What can I say about the garment district? In one word, it is OVERWHELMING. The stores go on forever, all selling completely different stuff, and the prices vary wildly. There are specialized notion stores, stores for different types of fabric, stores that seem like they should be the same thing but aren’t (Spandex House, Spandex World). Some of the places I went in were cheeeeeap. Although, to be fair, Mood is pretty cheap compared to the prices I pay here in Nashville. Most of what I bought cost at least half of what I’m used to… some were even cheaper. I’m just going to say this right now: I bought a lot of fabric. Like… well, we’ll get to that in a minute. Anyway, the employees in Mood were so so great – every time I pulled out a bolt that I wanted, someone was standing behind me ready to drag it to my pile. The customer service in that place is great, I never felt like I had to track down someone for swatches or help finding something. Especially George. I loved George, he was my favorite!

First experience at Mood
Here is my first ~Mood Experience~. See? Overwhelmed in the best way possible. So glad I brought a detailed shopping list!

Saturday was meet-up day! I was SO EXCITED for this shit, I barely slept and actually woke up at 6:50A (woof… I don’t even get up that early to go to work!). But first, before meeting up at Mood for round #2, a boozy brunch was in order. Devra hosted at her seriously gorgeous/fancypants pad, where the champagne and coffee flowed freely (although not together, ew) and her badass cat kept jumping into my lap and we were BFFs within 5 minutes. Also brunchin’ with us was Wanett, Christine, and again Sonja/Oona/Peter.

Brunch meet-up

Brunch- Oona
Also within 5 minutes was Oona breaking a plate. She was smiling at me right before it happened, which means this is also partially my fault. SORRY DEVRA.

Brunch- swap+awesome cat
We also had a mini-swap, in which the cat showed us just how much of a badass he was by making himself at home right in the middle of the pile while everyone was digging.

Indiana Jones, the most awesome cat ever
GOD, I love that cat β™₯β™₯β™₯

After we finished, I realized I was running late TO MY OWN FUCKING MEET-UP and hightailed it to Mood.

Big meet-up at Mood
And look at how many people showed up!! Awww!! You guys!!!!!
We took names and blogs and Oona shared the list with me when I got home (see what I mean about getting nothing done without her?!) – of course, this was after we spent about an hour in Mood, so I may have missed someone who slipped out early. Speak up if you don’t see your name here; I want to lurk aaaaall of you guys!
Gaby, Carly, Lee, Charlotte, Devra, Cindy, Janice, Allie, Lisette, Kim, Meredith, Kayleigh, Sonja, Oona, Rosie, Wanett, Shelley and Christine. Whew!!

We spent a good chunk of time in Mood, split into cackling packs and talking each other into buying fabrics (I like to think I’m very good at peer pressure but Carolyn proved on Friday that she has that shit down to an ART). Post-Mood, we ventured further into the Garment District to check out a few stores… specifically, Pacific Trimming, Chic Fabrics, and Fabrics for Less. Guys, if you have not shopped these stores… I have three words for you: $10 Wool Coating. ACK OMG.

We ended the meet-up at Houndstooth Pub, which we discovered when we tried to go to Stitch and realized they were closed. Houndstooth pub seemed like a good substitution – I mean, it being named after a fabric and all πŸ™‚ Although I feel kind of bad for the bar having to accommodate our enormous group on a moment’s notice – they were good sports about it! Also, the food was amazing.

Thanks again to everyone who was able to make it out to the meet-up – I’m so bummed that I didn’t have time to talk to everyone one-on-one, which means obviously there will need to be a round 2 in the future πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed getting to meet other sewists and I just love fabric shopping with people who actually get excited about that shit, ha! Y’all are the best!!

HOLD UP THOUGH because my trip is not over yet!!

Flea market
I woke up bright and early (too early… damn Daylight Savings Time. Wait, no, I actually love you) Sunday morning and took the train solo to meet with Devra, Wanett and Peter at the Chelsea flea market. I’m actually super proud of myself for getting there – considering I don’t understand how that public transportation shit works at all. I didn’t buy anything at the flea, but I had a lot of fun looking at all the stuff and gawking over some of the prices (guys… come to Nashville. I’ll show you my flea and you shall weep.).

Flea market - with Kenneth King (!!!)
We did run into Kenneth King, though! Holy shit, I was so starstruck!! He’s so funny and a great storyteller – and that jacket is way way way more amazing than any picture could convey. Trust me.

Ok, one more surprise star-studded meet-up…
Sunday night meet-up
Yep, that would be Karen, just dropping into NY the same weekend I was there! What are the odds!?!?

I don’t even remember where we ate, except that I had a lamb burger and the dessert was amazing and the girl sitting at the table next to us kept giving us the stink-eye. She was clearly on an awkward date, sux 2 b her. Karen is just as sweet as you would expect from her blog – and that accent! GOD why don’t I have an accent like that!?

My trip actually wrapped up on Tuesday, and I rolled back into Nashville late Tuesday night (my flights kept getting delayed waaah and LaGuardia airport sorta sucks, there I said it). I actually left the city on Sunday night, stayed with friends Monday & Tuesday in Ossining. I did go back into the city on Monday, to check out Soho and Chinatown… and also make a third trip back to the Garment District. Whoops.

Oh, I guess you wanna see the spoils, huh?

Fabric spoils, the whole lot
Here it is in a big giant pile on my sewing room floor. SO MUCH FABRIC, it barely fit in my suitcase (and spare duffel bag) haha. I actually spent most of the day yesterday prewashing it all and reorganizing my sewing room. I have plans for every single piece I bought.

Here are some individual pictures, collaged as not to overwhelm this already huge post! Almost everything is from Mood, anything that isn’t is indicated in parenthesis.
Fabric spoils, 1
Starting at top left: chambray, lightweight non-stretch denim, medium-weight linen from Marc Jacobs (confession: I chased this bolt around Mood on Saturday, as it switched dozens of hands. I have really exciting plans for it too, although I can’t tell you right this second!), striped ponte knit, striped cotton sateen (the colors look black, but they are navy and white), french terry, lightweight red wool crepe, yellow wool crepe (Carolyn talked me into both of these wool crepes… I was resistant because I live in such a warm climate – it’ll be 70* this weekend, ugh – but that woman could talk me into anything. Also, I’m really glad I bought them and I can’t stop touching them and admiring how lovely the colors are), swimsuit fabrics (Spandex House- the stripes are navy and white, and that weird underwear-looking shit in the background is the lining).

Fabric spoils, 2
Starting at top left: red seersucker (this was intended for my 2013 Sewlution, but upon further inspection I have realized the fabric is quite stretchy, so it might not work for it’s intended purpose. I will, however, find a use for it!!), red floral voile (Chic Fabrics), floral print swiss dot, leopard ponte knit, mint and red cotton jersey (Fabrics for Less), tiny bows Betsy Johnson silk (also from Fabrics for Less – I looove that guy, go buy his fabrics!), hot pink wool coating (Chic Fabrics), polka dot cotton batiste, gingham.

Fabric spoils, 3
Starting at top left: plaid seersucker (Oh god, I don’t remember where this is from… help? Was it Fabrics for Less??), assorted chiffons (from the swap), white cotton twill/brown lightweight corduroy (from the swap), bemberg linings and cotton batiste.


A big chunk of Sonja’s yarn destashing also went straight into my suitcase… check it out!

So that’s my trip to New York! Thanks again to everyone who made this trip so fucking amazing – Sonja, Oona, Meg, Carolyn, Peter, Devra, Wanett & Karen for taking me out/showing me around, and every single one of y’all who came out for the meet-up. It really means a lot to me and I look forward to more meet-ups in the future. Hopefully some more in New York (must go back!!), but hey, if you’re ever in Nashville… holler at me πŸ™‚

Before I dump out of here, I have a few more things I wanted to mention!
– I am thrilled to announce that I will be joining a slew of talented ladies for Miss P‘s Refashioner’s Challenge. I remember watching the challenge unfold last year and loving all the makes that came out… and now it’s my turn!! Yay!!
– My girl Mari just started a new pattern line and is currently trying to raise funds for it! You can donate to the Kickstarter Campaign here. The first pattern up is a pullover hoodie – with pockets in the back so you can keep your hands warm while wrapping your arm around someone. GENIUS. The new goal is $1640, which will enable her to produce actual printed patterns. And she’s SO CLOSE. Please, donate if you can!
– I just found out yesterday that on July 1, my beloved Google Reader will be no more. First of all: Fuck you, Google. Second of all: Does anyone have reader suggestions that are similar to the look/feel of the gReader (I mean, other than Bloglovin)? Ughhh I’m so lost. Third of all: Now I guess is the time to claim my blog on Bloglovin, so following me there is an option!
– Speaking of RSS feeds, I had a few people tell me over the weekend that they were having trouble getting the Mood Sewing Network to show up in feeds. I had the same problem in the beginning – which meant I didn’t read the blog, since I’m not about to click back to something every and and see if maaaybe there is an update, you know? Anyway, I talked to the Mood staff about it and they helpfully pointed out that you need to click on the RSS button near the top-right corner, and copy that address into your subscription bar. I tested it in my reader and it worked like a charm, so I thought there might be other people who would want to know the solution too!
– And one last little Mood tidbit – I got a small shout-out in this month’s issue of Threads. AMAZING. Check it out – that’s my name in print, omgomgomg!!
Look! That's my name!!

Ok, I think that’s it! Thanks for hanging in there and letting me gush about my trip πŸ™‚

107 Responses to “My Trip To NYC!”

  1. kimmie March 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    Sounds so fun. Did you see the little Mood dog running around- I think his name is swatch. Don’t quote me. Also, I am slightly bummed about the loss of google reader but bloglovin is decent. I have it as a backup for non-blogger blogs that I read often.

    • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 9:20 am #

      I did see Swatch! I tried to pet him but he was pretty indifferent to my attention, hah!

  2. Aleksandra March 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Yay, giant post! I’m so glad you posted the list! I was trying REALLY HARD to be patient and not email Oona right away and be all “did you do the list yet?” I can’t wait to go lurk all the blogs! The meetup was so so awesome. Thanks so much for motivating me to get myself to NYC for some fabric shopping! πŸ™‚

    Lifehacker had a post last night about g reader alternatives… I suggest checking those out. πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 9:21 am #

      Yeah! Oona actually got the list to me by Monday, and I realized I needed to post that shit up ASAP bc I knew everyone else was dying to get clicking. Thanks so much for coming out to the meet-up – good times!

  3. mancunianvintage March 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    You’re back – yaaay!

    Peggy is one of the cutest dogs I’ve ever laid eyes on *aww*

    Now that is a SERIOUS stash you’ve brought back… wonder how long it’ll take you to work your way through that lot?!

    Looks like you had a fab time πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 9:22 am #

      Honestly, I’ll probably be ready to build the stash up again come summer. I have plans for everything I bought, so now I can just sew my way through it πŸ™‚

  4. Handmade Jane March 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    I’m SSOOO jealous Karen got to meet you! I’ll be cross examining her for inside info next time I see her! Looks like you had a perfect visit to NY. x

    • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 9:22 am #

      I’m so jealous that you & Karen get to hang out on the regular! No fair, I’m coming over there as soon as I can afford it and I’m going to infiltrate your circle!!

  5. Peter March 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    What a great synopsis: I feel like I was there. Oh, wait….

    So great hanging out with you, Lauren, and I look forward to your return trip back to NYC!

    • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 9:23 am #

      It was great meeting and hanging out with you! Thanks for showing me the ways of the flea, and I’m glad you didn’t get too overloaded by seeing me every day for 4 days straight πŸ™‚ Haha!

  6. misscrayolacreepy March 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    Jealous, jealous, jealous = me!

    You got to hang out with some awesome ladies, eat good food, and fabric shop in a fabric heaven. I don’t think you can top that!

    So, when are you coming to California?!?!?!?!?

    • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 9:24 am #

      Find me a round trip plane ticket for under $250 and let me sleep on your couch and I’ll be there!! I’ve always wanted to visit California πŸ™‚

  7. Trice March 14, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    Looks like you had a great time. So wish I could have attend. I plan to be out East in the follow, in my opinion best time to visit. If you are ever in Southern California let me know, I would love to meet up.

    My heart deflated when I read that Google Reader was saying bye-bye. I do have Bloglovin, but I have a meh attitude towards it. I think Feedly will be my new Reader. It should transfer your Google Reader subscriptions easily, like you just sign in using your Google account and done.

    • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 9:24 am #

      Will do! I’ve always wanted to visit California, it’s just so expensive to get out there. Of course, that’s what I said about NYC, and I got my ticket for under $200. So we’ll see… I’ll be keeping an eye on flights πŸ™‚

  8. Rebecca Wagner March 14, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Ahhh more posts about this trip to make everyone so jealous.
    Check that fabric stash Woahhh.. you did some serious shopping lady

  9. twirldesigns March 14, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Looks like you had tons of fun! I can’t wait to see what you make from it all! Is WordPress’s reader based of Google’s? I have mine setup to pull all the blogs I read. Regardless of them being a WordPress site or Blogger. As soon as I find a new one I go to my reader and click edit beside “blogs I follow” and add them. Hope it helps!

  10. Tracu March 14, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Glad you had a great trip!

  11. Marie March 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Two words – SOOOOOOOOOOO JEALOUS!!!!

  12. Fiona March 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    I’m going to New York in 3 weeks!!! So excited!!! And this post has made me even more excited!
    Bit still very jealous that I am not Karen and did not go last week so I could have met you!

    • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 9:25 am #

      Yeah!! You are going to have the best time! Make sure you go to Fabrics for Less and tell the shop owner that the big crazy group of sewers sent ya πŸ™‚ The store was so small- and we were so big – we had to split up into two groups!

  13. Eleyna March 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    What an amaaaaaaazing trip!!!! I was excited the whole time reading your post! And star-struck by everyone, too (ESPECIALLY Kenneth King!! <– so wild!). If you're ever in LA let me know! I've sadly lived in OC for almost 4 years and haven't visited the fashion district yet. 😦
    I also loved "buying" all that fabric vicariously through you. Awesome picks!

  14. Tilly March 14, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Oh my goodness, that looks like the most exciting trip EVER! Wish I could have been there… some day! Love that navy blue polka dot fabric, can’t wait to see what you make with it πŸ˜‰ x

  15. Trisha March 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    So jealous!!!! That trip looks amazing. So many amazing sewing bloggers in one place, and I want to pet Peggy!

    Anyone interested to come out for a meet up in Phoenix??? ha!

    • Tracy March 15, 2013 at 11:20 am #

      Where would we go? SAS Fabrics by the Pound? πŸ™‚

    • Juli March 15, 2013 at 11:51 am #

      Lol! Although I don’t currently live in AZ, I still have some family there and would totally be down for a Desert Seamstress-ista meetup sometime! But then I was thinking… where would we go??! Are there any other fabric stores there now besides SAS Fabrics by the Pound? Totally used to get my fabric for projects from there when I was in school because it was so cheap and one of the only places in town (besides Joanns that is). It was… always an experience. Lol!

  16. CGCouture March 14, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    Wow! That is an amazing pile of fabric! Sounds like you had a great time, I’m seriously green over here. πŸ™‚

  17. dietcouture March 14, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    What an amazing trip – and the haul – I love it!!! I have dreams of fabric shopping in NYC…one day. Thank you for the link to your friend’s pattern company, that hoodie is genius!! There, I am officially no longer a lurker/stalker! πŸ™‚

  18. DatPixieGirl March 14, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    I had the exact same thought when I saw that stupid pop-up on Google Reader: “well fuck, what am I going to use now?”

    I spent a ton of time yesterday trying out various browser-based feed readers and trying to configure them so they weren’t a pain in the ass to use. Finally I got fed up and downloaded FeedDemon; omg, it is just like Google Reader! And it was easy to import all of my feed data from Reader so I didn’t have to spend 8 hours re-linking to all of my blog feeds (I’m looking at you, Pulse).

    Also, great post on your trip! Maybe someday I’ll get over my dislike of so many people in so little space and venture back to NYC for some serious fabric shopping.

  19. puu March 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    i was so over the plate that when i saw the photograph i actually wasn’t sure what i was looking at. πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 9:27 am #

      You’re just the best hostess, is the thing πŸ™‚

      • puu March 15, 2013 at 9:57 am #

        as long as you come back next time! only oona says we aren’t allowed to invite that lady who drops plates. πŸ˜‰

        • oonaballoona March 18, 2013 at 12:19 am #

          she must be always be kept at a safe distance!

  20. Juli March 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    Fabric Shopping in NYC + Boozy Brunch + Awesome Sewing Meetup + Dinosaur Museum??! Haha, that sounds awesome! Looks like you had a fantastic time! I’d love to try to meetup with you guys next time!! πŸ™‚

    P.S. Love the polka dot (linen?) fabric and that retro rose printed one!

  21. Rosie March 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    Lauren, it was a pleasure to meet you and spend some time with you. You are just more adorable in person. I am sitting here chuckling as I remember my comment to you about “the sailor”. You know what I am talking about. Here’s to hoping you make it back to NYC soon!

  22. missjoiedevivre March 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    So much jealous. It’s always been a life dream to visit NYC and now I know that any trip I make won’t be quite as cool as that one. That’s right. You’ve ruined my dream. Curse my tiny island nation! Great fabric picks though. I’ll forgive you due to the vicarious thrills I’m about to get watching you burn through that pile.

    Also, I love that cat.

  23. annette tirette March 14, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    Glad to see you back, and I’m so incredibly jealous after reading this post! My boyfriend and I went to New York for twelve days in September which was awesome, especially because it meant having plenty of time to shop for fabric! But I miss it so bad now that I’m back, the fabric store options here are just kinda meh now.

    • Janice Fryer March 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

      So glad you had fun in our fair city! WHY DID I NOT GET OUT OF MY APARTMENT AND SHOP WITH YOU GALS/GUYS? Next time for sure, and maybe you can come out to Brooklyn and check out the Brooklyn Flea? Still not Nashville flea prices I’ll bet, but the food is awesome! Thanks for the great post. I (still) heart NYC and love to read what others from far away lands think… cannot wait to see what you whip up with all that fabric and yarn!

      • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 9:28 am #

        Shoulda come out!! Oh well, I’m sure there will be a next time πŸ™‚ And I totally need to check out the Brooklyn Flea – I just like wandering around and touching things, so even if the prices are obscene I’m still a happy camper πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 9:28 am #

      I know what you mean! But hey, at least there is still online shopping, yeah? πŸ™‚

      • annekecaramin March 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

        Yes, thank god for online shopping… And damn customs fees! I’m really trying to avoid them as much as possible but when a store ships things by UPS you’re pretty much guaranteed to pay extra…

        Anyway, i’ve managed to accumulate a stash that will keep me busy for a little longer! Although my mother was mentioning a potential trip to NY with me and my brothers to spend some time together… Hehehe…

  24. Rochelle New March 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    Aww man, I wish there was cool stuff going on like this in Vermont!!! Looks like you had a blast and I can’t wait to see what awesome things you make with your epic fabric scores!

  25. LorNa March 14, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    I just switched to Feedly. Good so far. You just log in with your google account and all feeds and starred items move over. I love the iPhone app. Much better than Google Reader actually!

  26. weefrills March 14, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    Whoa! SCORE! What a great trip!!

  27. Carolyn March 14, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    Okay for the record, I didn’t exactly have to twist your arm to buy those beautiful pieces of wool crepe…and you KNOW you’re going to ask me to head back over to Mood and pick up some of those awesome colors you left! *LOL* It was awesome getting to meet you and spend some time fabric shopping with you. I’m definitely there the next time you get back to NYC! And btw, you do have a cute accent too! πŸ˜‰

    • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 9:30 am #

      Hahaaa this is true! I’m tempted to send you there to get me that polka dot Marc Jacobs wool crepe… but no, I must resist. I am thinking about a boucle jacket, so maybe you can help me pick something πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad I got to meet and hang with you!

  28. Shanni March 14, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Wowza what an exciting trip!! Lots of fabric and lots of cool peeps! And aren’t pugs the cutest! I dream one day my pug and Sonja’s pugs could meet and have a jolly ol’ time.

  29. Maddie Flanigan March 14, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    I want you to know that I read the whole post! For real. I’m so bummed that I missed this trip but I hope there are more in our future where we can meet.

    Isn’t the NYC gang so accommodating? When I’m in town, they always go out of their way to take me around.

    Glad you had fun and I can’t believe you bought so much fabric. I think you are the only seamstress that I know who will actually use all of it.

    • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      Well, Landon & I were talking about going to Philly next and taking the train for a day or two to NY… so there’s a good chance!

      And yeah, I’m almost embarrassed by all the fabric I bought ha! I do have plans for it all, though, so I’ll power through it over the next few months. Anyway, it would have been a sin to not buy – I probably saved myself at least half of what I spent, if not more.

  30. Lori March 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    OMG, what a trip and how fun to meet all those people. I have to go there soon! Love all your fabric and can only imagine what incredible garments you will make.

    I am with you to Google Reader, did try blog lovin today and feedly, I prefer feedly the best so far.

    Have fun sewing.

  31. disparatedisciplines March 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Thanks so much for the shout out!!

    • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 9:33 am #

      I just saw that you reached your goal. YAY PAPER PATTERNS!!

  32. trisha March 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Sounds like a fab trip! I was in Mood when I was in NYC last summer and thought of you. Can’t wait to see what you’ll make with all that gorgeous fabric.

  33. lloubb March 14, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    fun recap! I still can’t believe you guys just rain into Kenneth D King — whhhhat?!?!!! I’ve been trying out feedly today. Seems fine. It’s always a bit awkward using something new so I can’t say for sure. Unless it gives me real troubles I’ll probably be too lazy to try out anything else πŸ™‚

  34. nettie March 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    I read the whole post, too! And I’ll tell you, you left a big ol’ Lauren-shaped hole in NYC!! It was so much fun hanging out with you and basking in the sewing extravaganza your visit set off! I’m in real danger of abandoning all of my non-sewing friends, or forcing them to start collecting fabric or something, lol. I am totally on board to do it all again on your next visit. I’ll start saving money now!

    And I agree with Carolyn, your accent rocks!
    Also, I saw the word “butthurt” in a comment and thought of you. Isn’t that sweet?? ;o)

    • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 9:34 am #

      haha!! Now whenever you see butthurt, I hope you always think of me πŸ˜‰ That, and the buttface :B lololol

  35. christine haynes March 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    Dear lord! Now that is how your shop NYC! Isn’t Oona like the nicest, coolest person you’ve ever met? Looks like it was a blast!

    • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 9:34 am #

      Omg, she definitely is. And freaking beautiful to boot!

  36. Carlee March 14, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    Sounds like a lot of fun! One day I hope to go to a meet up.

  37. Charlotte March 14, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    Gah! You’re so lovely.

    Thanks for inspiring the meet-up. I am jealous of your haul (and your big old box of Nashville-acquired zippers).

    • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 9:35 am #

      Thanks for coming! Come to Nashville, we’ll find you a big ol’ box of zippers πŸ˜‰

  38. Gjeometry March 14, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    Oh, what a fantastic trip you had!!! Sewing friends and bloggers and fabric stores and designers and pugs AND, best of all, Badass Kitty!! I’m so happy for you, sounds like you had a blast from start to finish. πŸ™‚

  39. Cheryl Fontenot March 14, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    What a fun, fun trip! You girls are SO cute! Looks like a great time was had by all. Can’t imagine how fun it was to meet up with people you’ve only ‘met’ through blogs πŸ™‚ Right off the bat you have a ton in common!

    Can’t wait to see what you do with all your stash!!

    • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 9:36 am #

      True! Sonja picked me up from the airport and the second I got in the car, we were talking a mile a minute nonstop. It was like that with everyone I met – so so awesome πŸ˜€

  40. abbey March 14, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    I want your life!

  41. crystalpleats March 15, 2013 at 12:58 am #

    What a fun trip! Thanks for Mood blog tip. I haven’t been following because of that issue.

  42. kristonlion March 15, 2013 at 2:21 am #

    so much fun! love the pug and the badass kitty of course! and especially the pic of Oona breaking the plate! priceless! I can’t wait to see what you come up with with all that fabric! That would take me like, all year to sew through!

  43. goodbyevalentino March 15, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    What a super fun trip girl!!! Wish I could have been there.

  44. Mary March 15, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    Thanks for the fun (vicarious trip) read to NYC.

    As for a g**gle reader replacement, did a review (March 13th) of five different ones and also listed a way to transfer your subscriptions. Good luck…gotta do the same thing myself, but haven’t had time to do it yet.

  45. Lynn March 15, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Love this post so much. Sounds like a blast! Thank you for sharing each and every fabric purchase – I feel like I went shopping with you! Can’t wait to see what you make of each piece.

  46. Heather Lou March 15, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    SOOO FUCKING JEALOUS. Oh god. I gotta get to NYC already so I can swallow those ladies in a massive hug of crushing love. re: a Reader substitute, I’m enjoying Feedly. I think teh interface is actually prettier than Reader and maybe even better functionally. You can import your whole shit in there pretty easily.

  47. Eleanor (undeadgoat) March 15, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    I’ve started using Feedly since the Google Reader announcement went live–for my purposes I think their layout works a little better for most things, lol. Right now it’s powered off Google Reader but apparently they have been developing a seamless transition for a while now, to me what was most important was within a few clicks having all my information transferred, including my read/unread information. A disadvantage is that they’re a browser extension, not a website. I also poked around Bloglovin a bit but they did not import my categories, which considering that I’ve been using Google Reader for nearly 5 years (since before I graduated high school!) feels like losing YEARS of thought processes! A little dumb as I have some categories with no active blogs in them, and some blogs would probably end up in different categories if I subscribed to them fresh right now, but the thought of having to re-sort “Comics” and “Crafts” and “Sewing” was more than a bit queasy-making . . .

  48. Dorien March 15, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    I actually did have a lauren-shaped hole in my blog reading heart! I’m on the train now, heading home from what may be the most sucky week at work, and you just made it a bit better. You made me feel like some binge fabric shopping though, haha.

  49. taylortailor March 15, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    Looks like an amazing trip! I’m going to NYC in July and hope to do a little fabric shopping while I’m there. I was also pissed off to see that Google is killing their Reader, but so far Feedly is a great, and possibly even better substitute.

    • LLADYBIRD March 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

      Ohhh, you are going to have such a good time perusing the goods! Speaking of NY – hope your ears were burning this weekend, bc your name got brought up quite a few times πŸ™‚

  50. Marcy March 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    I’m liking “The Old Reader” – you can import your subscriptions from your google reader and it was designed when Google took away some of the social features so it works really similarly.

    They’re experiencing a couple growing pains thanks to the google announcement, but I just read your post on it and clicked over here to comment.

  51. Krista March 15, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Drooling over your fabric!!! …hope that comes out in the wash! The Betsey Johnson! I die.

    Is it strange that I read this post the way I imagine people read the magazines you buy in the checkout line? All these amazing bloggers in one place! Buying fabric no less! With pugs and cat, oh my! So much more fascinating than Miss Hollywood Whatsit’s baby bump. Does this make me a weirdo? Yes? Ok, Good.

  52. aem2 March 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    What a great trip! And such hardcore fabric collecting. Can’t wait to see what you’re making with all of it!

    Apparently Digg is building a Google Reader replacement:

  53. gingermakes March 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    Ahhhhhhh girl, come back soon! I had such a blast with you! Also– just realized I don’t have a Peggy page on my blog! Gotta remedy that STAT!

  54. Maggie March 16, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    That all sounds so amazing! I (like probably every one else!) read the entire post! Of course we are going to read *every* word, silly!! πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to see what you do with that floral swiss dot!

  55. Sarah March 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    Ooh, so many pretty fabrics (and a great time had by all, by the looks of it :)).

    I use BlogLines (switched last year when I found out Googlereader was going under), and it has all the features I like.

  56. rae March 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    such a good trip post! i’m glad you had such a good time. and what a great meet up!
    a friend of mine lived in nyc for the summer a few years ago and used to text me about the prices every time he went to the chelsea flea! we are spoiled by ours for sure.

  57. meredith March 16, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    Oh what fun! Thanks for having this great meet-up — I think everyone had a lovely time!

  58. Gaby March 17, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    Yaaaay! I had an awesome time, thank you for getting this meetup together πŸ™‚ You and I didn’t really get to chat but it was great to just hang out with so many sewists and bloggers and brilliant, fun people.

  59. Rachel Mercado March 17, 2013 at 2:12 am #

    You hit the motherlode for fabric!! I have an opportunity to go to New York in October, so I sure appreciate hearing about all the fun things you did and all the wonderful fabric you got:)

  60. velosewer March 17, 2013 at 5:11 am #

    So when I venture to NY in June, I’m taking valium because my heart would have been a flutter throughout your whole trip. What a trip!

  61. Mary in FL March 17, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    It looks like you had a great trip. i had to scroll past the fabric pix really quickly, though.

    Here’s my attempt to review several readers:

  62. berlinswhimsy March 17, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    I recently subscribed to your blog on Bloglovin so I’m glad you claimed your blog there! (I agree with your Google sentiment, btw). Love your blog!

  63. Marchelle March 17, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    Looks like a lovely trip!

    My husband’s a tech guru, and he’s advising wait until closer to the July 1st deadline, because more free awesome readers will pop up by then to replace the void, and what’s out there now isn’t that great, or you have to pay for it, especially if you’re like me with 100+ subscriptions. Anyway, that’s my tip, I’ll report back with the final decision.

  64. Tasha @ By gum, by golly! March 18, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Oh my goodness, what unbelievable fun!! It looks like such a blast with all those awesome ladies. And what a fabric haul, can’t wait to see what some of those become!!

  65. Becca March 25, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    It looks like you had so much fun! I’m drooling over all of your goodies, and it’s awesome that you had such a good time with so many amazing people.


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