A Weekend in NYC

20 Mar

After a whirlwind of a weekend in NYC (landing in on Friday evening and rolling out Monday afternoon – whew!), I’m happy to report that I’m back home in one piece. Minus the piece of my broken heart that I left with Clare. Sob! But maybe I should back up a little…

Fair warning: this is a word-heavy, stolen-picture-heavy post. Feel free to scroll by – or at least to the bottom, to check out who won the giveaway! Sorry if this sounds super rushed – we cancelled our internet (in search of a new provider) and I’m trying to publish before it turns off! ~living on the edge~ and all that.

It’s been exactly over a year since the last time I visited NYC and I think it was just in time – I’ve used up nearly all my fabric, time to buy moreeee!! For this round, I shacked up with Clare in the tiniest little studio apartment I’ve ever seen, in East Village across the street from Big Gay Ice Cream (and before you ask – we didn’t get any gay ice cream. It was WAY too cold!). Neither of us had been before, but we both fell in love with the area, especially all the punk stores that made us feel old and nostalgic (not to mention kind of hilarious at how the styles NEVER EVER change. Seriously! Brands and styles that I wore 10+ years ago… that were already old as hell, even back then. Oh, punk. So punk.). The apartment was fabulous, except when our “neighbor” decided to throw a several-hour long party on one night that ended up with me laying awake, listening to some chick blather on about convection ovens until the wee hours of the morning. But, don’t worry – we woke up bright and early the following morning, and made sure to turn the TV (you know, the one that was attached directly to his wall) up nice and loud for a couple of hours 🙂

Our first meet-up happened right after I landed and made my way from the airport to our pad, dropped my stuff off, and dipped right back out. We had planned to get tacos & margaritas with a handful of ladies, and per usual, I made sure we were a good hour late (what? Don’t look at me like that – navigating the subway with a giant suitcase during rush hour is hard). I sat at the end of the table with Jennifer & Betsy, and an endless supply of margaritas 😉 (although I hear there was some talk of fat quarter challenges at the opposite end – I would have loved to be a fly on the wall for that conversastion, ha!).

post-dinner group

A few of our party had already peaced out by the time Carolyn convinced a rando to take this photo, but here’s a portion of the group! Look at my creepy skeleton hands, HA!

Most everyone went home afterwards, but the real badasses of the group (me, Jennifer, Lucinda & Fleur) stuck it out for another round of drinks at some fancy winebar with a creepy bathroom. Which was WAY more awesome than it sounds, ha! I love meeting up with big groups, but I also like these little smaller sets because it gives me more of a chance to actually talk to people one-on-one and have a proper conversation.

Saturday morning, Clare & I headed out to Devra’s for a pre-meetup brunch. We were only a couple miles away, so we decided to take advantage of the gorgeous morning and walk (and only made it about half an hour late ;)). Brunch was, per usual, fucking amazing – and although someone forgot the coffee (cough cough), Devra did make sure that we ate off paper plates this go ’round, so no dishes were broken this year 🙂

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Me with Marcy & Lisette

Oh, yeah, my hair is blue now! 🙂

Marcy & Trice
Marcy & Trice

Amanda, Lisette & Jennifer
Amanda, Lisette & Jennifer

Amity, Nette & Kelli
Amity, Wanette & Kelli

Kelli & Peter
Peter & Kelli (in case you were wondering… her hair really looks that good in real life. Clare & I were amazed and a little jealous).

After brunch, we walked down toward the Garment District – only about a half hour late! No biggie! Ha! GUYS, I swear… I actually am pretty prompt and on-time for the most part. I HATE waiting on late people, so I try not to ever be that person. However, something about NY just makes me late for every freaking thing I try to do. Thankfully, the group didn’t get started without us – everyone was waiting patiently in the lobby at Mood Fabrics, and we were able to ride the elevators up together in a couple trips.

Should have taken this before half the meet-up left haha. Oh well! Successful day!!  (ps ladies pls tag yourselves )

This is only a portion of the crew! Didn’t think to get a group shot before we released the hounds into Mood, boo, so about half the people left before this picture was taken. Of course, I also didn’t realize that Mood closes at 4 on Saturdays… and since we all arrived after 1, that didn’t leave much time to get around the rest of the Garment District! We barreled through Mood and wreaked some serious havok on the lines in that store – I think at one point it stretched all the way to the back by the bathroom! Although I spent most of my chatting up new friends via meet-up, freaking out over the gorgeous silk button hole twist that Madalynne brought for everyone (who brings that sort of stuff to pass out at a meet-up? Maddie, that’s who!), and kicking it with my favorite Mood Dude, George. Seriously, y’all. George is awesome.

We managed to make a quick pit stop at Pacific Trimming before they closed, grabbed a bite at Ben’s Diner across the street, and posed with our favorite tailor on the street corner.

Just being adorable with @clareyszabo

The rest of the weekend, Clare and I trolled around the city with whoever we could convince to join us – Amity, Trice, Devra & Sonja. We ended up going to the Garment District three days in a row – yes, there are totally shops open on Sunday, woohoo! – where I was finally able to meet my self-imposed fabric quota. Also, we totally tourist’d it up at places like FAO Schwarz (for the live toy soldiers), Tiffany’s (for the sparklies) & Saks 5th Ave (for lurking inside the designer duds – oh yes we did).

stole these from Clareeeee

@clareyszabo and I hanging with our new BFF #toysoldiermark

stole these from Clareeeee
This may be my favorite picture from the weekend. We dipped into Chic Fabrics and made BFFz with the owner, Sam. BFFz as in we are now planning a pool party at his house on Long Island, and Clare started snapping selfies that I tried to photobomb. Sam was awesome. Almost as awesome as the fabric I bought from his store 😛

One thing I would have LOVED to do while I was around, had I been given a little more time (and perhaps the weather been a bit more cooperative), was to check out the tours at Seek. I reeeeeally wanted to do the NY Garment District Tour (or, hell, all their public tours sound pretty amazing. I’m dying to try that Fifth Ave department store history tour!), but it just wasn’t in the cards for this trip, due to weather and time restraints. I’ve had a few people ask for suggestions on places to visit in NY (from a tourist’s perspective), so that would definitely be the first thing at the top of my list to check out (psst! Want a discount? Use the code LLADY!). Next time I go, I am DEFINITELY getting signed up for at least one tour!

Another thing I was sad to miss was checking out Workroom Social – especially after a full night of getting my gab on with Jennifer! Again, I do want to plan a trip back in the summer, so hopefully we can make it happen!

I reckon y’all wanna see what I came home with though, huh?

fabric haul
Here’s the whole lot of fabric! I was pretty good this time around and spent a lot less than I did last year (also, hoping this can convince me to come back later this summer to restock, YES). Mostly cottons and knits, although there are a couple of pieces of silk in there.

Most everything came from Mood Fabrics, with a few exceptions-
– the chambray, plaid, and china silk came from Chic Fabrics (225 W 39th St # 11, New York, NY 10018) (our beloved Sam! GO SEE HIM and buy up allll the china silk like I did!)
– the grey/black/rust stripes and aqua with black polka dots came from Metro Textiles (Carolyn has a recent review on this place. It is really awesome to dig through, the prices are great, and I LOVED Kashi. Love love loved him. Go find him and tell him I sent you! I would have loved to spend a million hours in that store, pawing through fabrics, but we were on quite a time constraint by the time we managed to get in there.)
– the navy/white wide stripes and navy/white polka dots came from… I think Fabrics for Less? I honestly don’t remember, because I didn’t fall in love with anyone there, ha!

I also bought a few trims from Pacific Trimming. Rib knit – one with GOLD SPARKLY STRIPES, and one white stripes – and my first Riri zipper! That shit cost me $15, by the way. It better be as epic as everyone talks about.

Also from Pacific Trimming, this amazing American Flag elastic. I… what?

Speaking of Carolyn, she was kind enough to let Clare & I stash our giant stacks of luggage (I had one of those suitcases that was big enough for me to fit inside, plus an overstuffed duffel bag. All full of fabric, haha!) in her office on our last day, so we could pop back to the Garment District and get a quick Guinness before I had to leave for the airport. Carolyn mentions on her blog that she works in corporate, and she is NOT kidding – that office was corporate and swanky as hell! They had to take photos of us to even let us in, and then she gave us a tour and I don’t think we closed our mouths the entire time. And, of course, Carolyn was impeccably dressed – in handmade. Also, I just adore Carolyn. She’s like my mama bird of the sewing world ♥

One last celebration with my babez @clareyszabo

All in all, I had an amazing time. Clare was a wonderful traveling partner who felt the same way I did about every decision we encountered – whether or not we needed more coffee (always), if we felt up to walking instead of taking the subway (hell yeah we did!) and if the Garment District warranted just oneeeeee more trip before we left (what do you think?). She even brought me presents all the way from London – soo many teas, and a gorgeous African print wax fabric that I’m kind of afraid to cut into (see it in the haul photo? Bottom right!). I really did feel like I was leaving a tiny piece of my heart back there when I had to finally go home. Which just means I better haul my ass over to London, STAT!

As far as meet-ups, I’m so glad I was able to squeeze in soo many in the short time I was there (and bummed that a couple that we planned weren’t able to pan out). Everyone says this, all the time, but it’s really awesome getting to meet up with people who share the same interests as you and are happy to hear you drone on about your fitting adjustments and offer advice. Also: having met up with lots of bloggers across all channels, I gotta say – sewists are the nicest ones in the bunch, across the board! In these meet-ups, I never feel like I’m competing for a chance to talk (you know those people who you can tell are just waiting for a dip in the conversation so they can butt in and take over? Yep. Not a sewist trait, at least not with the ones I’ve met!) or carrying on about something that’s really obvious no one gives a shit about. Everyone is polite, encouraging, and happy to let you try on their jacket if you are interested in the pattern (ask Clare about that bomber jacket. I about stole it right off of her, ha!). Ohh, and we all tip well 🙂 If you’re thinking about joining a meet-up in your area – DO IT. So much fun, so many new friends and new blogs to follow! The best part is when you can pick out who is wearing what pattern – I think there were, what, 4 Minorus at our meet-up? Too bad I left mine at home!

Oh yeah, I went there ❤️
So, anyway… New York, I ♥ U. I’ll be back, yes indeed.

One more thing – the book+pattern giveaway! Um, WOW you guys – I cannot believe the enormous response that blew my email up all week. Y’all must really love you some sewing textbooks, that’s all I have to say about that!

But, like all good things – this has got to come to an end, so let’s pull up a winner. Ding ding, who’s the lucky number?



That would be Sam L! Woohoo, congratulations! I’ll be in touch to get you your book & pattern 🙂 I think you’ll find this book very helpful for learning all the techniques that come with making pants 🙂

Thanks to everyone who entered! I really really wish I had a copy of this book to give to ALL of y’all – but unfortunately, I only got one :(. If you are interested, you can purchase the book here on Amazon. As a side note (and perhaps this is better suited for a discussion post, maybe?), I noticed that an overwhelming majority of commenters seemed to be really terrified of sewing button holes and zippers. I’m going to let you in on a my top tip for learning new things: just try it! Who cares if your first attempt ends up to be total crap (err… maybe try on a scrap first, so it can truly be nbd, ha!)? That’s why we hide things at the bottom of the trash can 🙂 Almost everything I’ve learned – seriously, everything – came from studying sewing books and tireless googling. Practicing is really the only way you can get better at something, and you need a healthy dose of fearlessness to realize that it’s really not so bad once you get going. You got this!!

Whew, that was long! Ok, I’m outta here! Have a great week of the week, everyone! 🙂


89 Responses to “A Weekend in NYC”

  1. ekabby111 March 20, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    It looks like you had so much fun! Yay fun!

  2. Catherine March 20, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    I’m going to save this post for future reference — I’m a beginner who lives in NYC, and I’m still intimidated by the Garment District, despite all the “where to go” listings I see various places. (I’m ashamed to say, for my earliest projects, I’ve been buying at a Joann’s upstate, mostly because I don’t want to waste Mood fabric ’til I feel up to snuff!) Your post made the shops seem a lot more accessible — once I’ve made up the projects I have on hand, I think I’ll feel ready to give it a try!

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

      No no no!! Joann’s is fine, yes, but you live in the land of awesome fabric shopping!! Go, take advantage of it – and know that I’m insanely jealous, all the way back here in Tennessee 🙂

  3. Michelle March 20, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    I’m aching with jealousy! The weekend looks like it was incredible fun! I’m coming next time. I must. I have ridiculous FOMO on sewing blogger meetups.

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

      You better come next time!! Gah, I’d love that!

  4. Heather Lou March 20, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    I’m trying to deal with my feelings of jealousy and regret right now. One of these days I’m gonna get my shit together and get down there with you and then I CAN BE CLARE (bwa ha ha ha). Had you guys met beforehand or was its just insta-besties? Sallie and I were sharing a double bed about 6 hours after we met and it was hilariously no big deal. As for Jennifer… that woman is a PARTY ANIMAL. The night we spent with her and Trice resulted in ol’ Sal and I getting highschool level wasted. And when i say high school wasted, I mean getting out of a cab and barfing on a mattress on the corner of 3rd avenue (me, not Sallie, she’s a lady). Who knew sewing ladies had it in them?

    • sallie March 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

      BEST TRIP OF MY LIIIIFFFEEEE!!!! Hands down! And I still use that night as my barometer for how drunk/hungover I am – like “Is this NYC-feeling-classy-at-the-Standard-then-transitioning-to-blacking-out-at-a-diner-and-I-don’t-remember-how-we-got-home-but-I-remember-Heather-puking-on-a-mattress level drunk?? Or just normal drunk…?”

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

      Dude, you know I’d LOVE to kick it with you, awesome-sewist-style, one of these days, so let’s make that shit happen!! And yeah, I’d met Clare before for a brief honky tonk on Lower Broadway while she was in Nashville last summer… fell in love with her, and we’ve been planning a trip ever since. Actually, I think she should be my perma travel buddy. FOREVER.

      I remember hearing about you and Sallie getting high school level wasted, but I didn’t realize Jennifer was your enabler! Ha! Now her suggestion to keep the drinking going post-margaritas makes so much more sense 😉

  5. puu March 20, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    nice recap, lauren! please, please, please come back this summer. we are planning many awesome plots here in the NYC metro area. 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

      I’m working on it! I MEAN IT THIS TIME 🙂

  6. Nothy March 20, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    Your sewing stash trip sounds great. I want to join you next time – if it is during the summer. A trip to NYC in the winter isn’t a lot of fun.

    I love all the polka dot fabrics you found. ANd lots of strips too. I found it interesting to note you didn’t get a lot of prints…

    I went ahead and ordered my copy of Christine’s book a week ago and I have to go to the post office and pick it up today (whipee!) Your tip is definitely the best – just try it. I have spent long days agonizing over one sewing technique or another and when I finally decided to just do it, I was amazed that I could.

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

      Hell yeah, you should totally come out next time! I hear ya that winter in NYC isn’t as fun (especially if you’re like me, and from an area where anything below 70* is just not worth leaving the house at all for, haha!), but we all gotta make sacrifices for our true loves 🙂 However, I’d love to be there in the summer! Sundresses and popsicles all day, yeeeeahh!!

      I was totally looking for prints, but I didn’t find any I really fell in love with. Maybe the summer will have better pickins 🙂

  7. Maddie March 20, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    My goodness, woman! You sure did it up in NYC. Even though I was only there for 2 hours max, I felt like I covered a lot of ground (scored 2 yards of my favorite polka for fabric and met some new bloggers), I can’t even imagine your couple of days. I hope you come back in the summer so we can spend some more time together. Next time, I’ll come bearing gifts as well. Vintage needle books? Why? Because that’s just me! I’m a giver. You ladies keep me going 😉

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

      I’m SO GLAD you made it out for your little 2 hour jaunt, because it was amazing finally getting to meet you! And yes, imma totally try to come back in the summer… the city is calling my name already 😉

  8. sewlittletime March 20, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    aaww, clare is awesome! thanks for letting us have her back! totally jealous of your nyc antics, but yes, definitely come to london!

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

      You almost didn’t get her back! Next time, you’ll have to pry her out of my cold dead hands 😉 and YES, London trip is in the plans! Gotta start saving money like mad 🙂

  9. Lori March 20, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    Sounds like an amazing trip full of fun, friends and fabric, so of course it was fun. I imagine you will have all that fabric sewn into garments by April 15th! Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

      hahah, we’ll see! 🙂 I do love everything I bought (well, isn’t that the point? :)), so I’m already itching to start sewing it up!

  10. sewwrong March 20, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Oh my goodness, that weekend was SO MUCH FUN. I wish I could have stayed longer to hang out with you ladies on Sunday, but we’ll just have to do another meetup soon!

    PS: I saw some American flag webbing at the fabric store near me the other day and I thought of you! Do you have a need for webbing? 😉

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

      Me too! You’ll just have to come back next time for 2.0 🙂

      And UM YES IS THAT EVEN A QUESTION? I need everything that has American flags on it 😀 ahaha! I have no idea what I would do with webbing but BY GOD I will figure that shit out haha!

  11. Susie Homemaker, MD March 20, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    Yay for trips to NYC and fabric shopping! I will be there for 24 hrs in May so I am glad to hear there are some stores open on Sunday. Would you mind telling me which ones you found so I can plan my day? Thanks!

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

      I think about half the Garment District was open on Sunday – it’s worth a stroll just to see! Off the top of my head, I know we went into Chic Fabrics (aka SAAAAM!) and Fabrics for Less, as well as Paron’s (although I didn’t buy anything there). There were tons of stores open! Def try to pop back in on Monday if it’s at all possible – Metro Textiles is open then, and it’s totally worth a trip.

      • Susie Homemaker, MD March 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

        Thanks, I’m glad to hear lots are open. I wish I could stay over until Monday (or longer for that matter), but I am barely managing to squeeze 24 hours onto the end of a work trip to Philly. Better than nothing! 🙂

  12. I made it!! March 20, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Thanks for sharing! Sounds like you had a great time!

  13. Trice March 20, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    Lauren, it was awesome finally getting to meet you. I am glad that we got to spend some quality chat time on Sunday before I went back West.
    Yay, we are chambray twins. What do you plan to make with yours? I was thinking about an Archer but I can be easily pulled into another direction.

    Remember, you are always welcome to visit/crash with me in SD. I just have to warn you, there will be Mexican food, swap meet, bars, coffee shops and possibly the beach involved. .

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

      It was SO good getting to finally meet you as well! So happy I got to see you 3x before the trip was over 🙂 I’m totally gonna take you up on your SD offer… those warnings are just making me want to trek out there even more! Ahh, so much to see, so many places I want to visit!

      And YAY chambray twins! I’m not even sure what I want to do with mine yet… I’m thinking a sleeveless shirtdress, something casual that I can throw on and mix up with different shoes and accessories. An Archer would totally match that… 😉

  14. kristiellkay March 20, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    God, I love these posts so much! The people, the places, the sights, the fabrics! Awesome, thanks for sharing for us vicarious-livers!

    Also, maybe a weird question, but did you just roll up your I+W jeans in the Mood picture, or are those one of your makes? I like that length a lot, especially with summer coming up. =D

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

      Hell yeah I rolled up the I+W’s! You’ve got a good eye 🙂 These are the slim fit leg, so they roll up quite nicely 🙂

  15. thestreak@gmail.com March 20, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    This post made me so happy. I love Clare a ridiculous amount and the two of you together = super duper sewing cuteness! This online sewing community is so fabulous, I’ve been blessed to meet so many people to have fun with and to the joy of this hobby with. It’s the fucking best.

    • Roisin March 20, 2014 at 10:33 am #

      Ah! So weird – Layren. that comment is me. I’m not sure why it just gave my email address!!

      • Roisin March 20, 2014 at 10:34 am #


    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:07 pm #


      Next time, imma come to London and imma hug you so hard. For serious!

  16. Jen March 20, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    sounds like you had an amazing weekend – I’m quite the envious! thanks for sharing. know what you mean about how nice it is to talk to fellow sewists about all the nitty gritty bits of sewing. I’m always scared of inflicting the glazed over look on my non-sewing friends when i get all excited about a new whizzy way of doing something…

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

      It’s so great, isn’t it? No glazed looks all weekend, ha! 🙂

  17. Elle March 20, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    Ahhhhh I’m so jealous! It looks like you guys had a ton of fun. I would love to do a similar meetup in Chicago (though it’s garment district is nowhere NEAR like New York’s).

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

      Well, we’ve done meet-ups in Chicago before… so next time, you’ll have to join! 🙂

  18. charityshopchic March 20, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    So freaking gutted I couldn’t be there with you guys. But, YOU SHOULD COME TO LONDON!!!!! Obviously.

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

      I KNOW, I was super butthurt when I heard you’d been considering it and didn’t come through! Wah! Oh well, London is next! Planning on it! 😀

  19. Laura March 20, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    Right, I am totally going to crack on and start my blog… I want in! Sounds like your weekend was so much fun! Ace purchases, too 🙂

  20. Denise March 20, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    Looks like a fun trip!
    I’ve added the book to my wishlist, for a future sewing purchase.

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

      Ohhh, you’re gonna love it! One of the best sewing books I’ve seen in recent years 🙂

  21. Pamela H. March 20, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    Great post – I would love to visit the Garment District. Thanks for some insight into the area.

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

      Definitely go check it out if you have the opportunity. Even with the price of my plane ticket, it was cheaper for me to shop at the Garment District then in my own home state 🙂 Plus, there’s soo much more to choose from!

  22. True Bias March 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    It was really great to finally meet you in person. hopefully you come out again soon. it looks like you hit the jackpot with fabrics.

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

      Awesome meeting you as well! I’m definitely going to try to come back, NY is just too good to stay away from for long!

  23. sallie March 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    This looks like an AWESOME weekend!!! I’m totally wishing I could have been there! Meeting sewing friends in person is SO FUN! Also, I can’t even remember how many times Heather and I said during our trip last fall that the only thing that would have made our sewing-meet-up-wet-dream even… erm… wetter..? (ew. gross. sorry…) would be if you had been there! Ha!! And now I sound totally creepy – and my only excuse is that I’m battling some kind of plague at the moment and OTC drugs are making my head fuzzy and the only euphemisms I can think of at the moment are straight from the brain of a 15 year old boy!! Annnnyway! Looks like you had a blast! So jealous you got to shack up with Clare!

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

      AHAHA, well, I REALLY wanted to join and turn it into a trio, if that helps! And girl, please. You can always make gross comments, you know I find that shit hilarious 🙂

  24. Aleksandra @ Liveaboard Takes the Suburbs March 20, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    Wow! You managed to pack a lot into that weekend, holy shit. It was lovely to see you, even if we didn’t manage to chat much. Thank you so much for inviting everyone! It was a really wonderful group of ladies. ❤ (And the blue hair is AWESOME!)

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

      Yay! It was so good seeing you, next time we’ll make it a point to get a proper chat in! 🙂

  25. Carolyn March 20, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    It was great getting to see you again! Next time I need the flight number for when you arrive – no more subway! *LOL* And the sewing cave next time I promise!!!

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

      Haha, yes ma’am! I promise I won’t take the subway with my giant suitcase again 🙂 Thank you so much for taking care of me, and as always – SO GOOD to see you! And yes yes yes to seeing the sewing cave next time!

  26. tillybuttons March 20, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    “Which just means I better haul my ass over to London, STAT!” – YES YOU DO, LADY!! Huzza up!!!! We willz show you best times.

    Aw I wish I could have been there with you all, it looks like maximus fun.

    Love what you say in the penultimate paragraph about giving it a go with zips etc and not worrying if you mess it up – I couldn’t agree more.


    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

      I’m working on it! Saving my pennies like a crazy lady 🙂

  27. Nikki H. March 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    I’m going to NYC next month and this post is getting me pumped up for that trip. I love New York. And I LOOOOOVE Metro Textiles! So many beautiful fabrics for so cheap! I think I’ll go there first this time so I can spend more time there and spend less money overall 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your experiences. It sounds like a total blast. I’m hoping to run into some of my blogging heroes but I’m too shy to contact them ahead of time haha.

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

      Hell yeah! When you make it to Metro Textiles, be sure to say hi to Kashi for me. I just loved him so much!

      And GIRL – don’t be shy to holler at your fellow bloggers! I can’t speak for everyone, but I love it when people contact me for a quick meet-up while they’re in my town (of course, we rarely get travelers to Nashville, so maybe I just have more free time to spare in that regard haha). Just reach out and say hi!

  28. Melanie March 20, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    Totally not jealous of this great NYC weekend you’ve just had! It’s great meeting other bloggers – we just had a meet up here in Sydney and it was so much fun. The NYC group seem so nice (and thanks for all the blog links – found some new peeps to follow).

  29. Nancy March 20, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

    So totally jealous of your trip! We’re going to spend a couple of days in NYC in October and I hope my husband realizes that I plan on spending a bunch of time in the garment district, where I fantasize about running into Peter or Oona at Mood!

  30. nettie March 20, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    You are the QUEEN of NYC-visit-badassery!! I always have so much fun with you, this summer, I’m in on the boooooze-y dinner! It will only take half a glass of anything to get me tipsy ;o)

    Also, we are fabric twins!! I have the Ikat, too. It washes like a teenage daydream, dude!

    Miss you already!! Seriously!

    • LLADYBIRD March 21, 2014 at 7:06 am #

      Hell yeah! Imma hold you to that statement 🙂

      And YES, I did that on purpose haha! Still mad at myself for cheaping out and not getting that awesome deer fabric you bought last year… so this year, I decided to get the Ikat before I ended up regretting it. Good to know about the washing; I’ve got a date with the laundromat this weekend! 🙂

      Miss you too! Next time, we’ve got to get more hangs in!

  31. Philippa March 21, 2014 at 1:26 am #

    I enjoyed reading this!

  32. Sandra (Sewist-Stitch) March 21, 2014 at 2:43 am #

    What a great weekend. What a great score of fabric – looking forward to see what wardrobe items these become.

  33. Laura March 21, 2014 at 4:55 am #

    Aww, it’s so nice to meet up with people who share your interests. I’m quite jealous as I’m dying to go back to New York.

  34. Lorna March 21, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    That looks like sooo much fun! It’s true, sewing buddies are the best. I’m kinda jealous. Can I mention the hair? I LOVE IT!!! It’s fantastic and you look great. Can you tell that I’m wildly jealous? I work in an office and can’t have interesting colour just now, but a few years ago it was a similar blue round the face, with everything pink behind. Love a bit o colour!

  35. black label March 21, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    Sounds like you had a great time. Im looking forward to the London meetup in May – cant wait to meet all the lovely ladies.

  36. gingermakes March 21, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    Yay, what a fun weekend (although, dude, I’m paying for it with a five-day gooey cold, GROSS! I thought tequila CURED illnesses, not caused them!)! It’s a pleasure hanging out with you and any excuse to buy more fabric is fine by me! 😉

  37. weefrills March 21, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Awesome trip! NYC’s the best. Glad you had a fabulous time.

  38. auraoriano March 21, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    So jealous that you made another haul from Mood! You are right about just getting it together in scraps. I’ve got to dedicate some time to practicing buttonholes on throwaway fabric and get over the dread!

  39. redknitter March 21, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing! I’m heading to the Garment District in the morning!

  40. Amanda March 21, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    It was so fun getting to meet you after I missed your meet-up last year! I can’t wait to see what you make with these fabrics. I also had no idea about those rib knit trims at Pacific Trimming until you went looking for them. That’s seriously changed my life!! Must go back and get some myself… Hopefully you’ll make it back to NYC this summer – yay!

  41. Vicki Halliday March 22, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    What a great post! I’ve been reading about meet-ups and hoping to spot one coming up in London or somewhere I can get to (I live in England). Your advice about having a go is spot on, but thanks for reminding me, cos sometimes I just get a bit too overwhelmed by the worry thing. Also, how awesome that the winner of the book is so damned deserving! Nice one, Random Number Generator.

  42. Lisette March 23, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    Yay! It was a great time, I was bummed I was so super tired from work, I felt like a party pooper not going for mexican and whatnot. So obviously you need to come back! It was awesome getting to talk with you and everyone else.

  43. girlintheflammableskirt March 24, 2014 at 1:27 am #

    yay fun Ny trip. But on a serious note, please make find some eagle fabric to make some underwear with american flag elastic . ‘merica!

    • LLADYBIRD March 24, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

      If I can ever find me some knit eagle fabric… consider it done 🙂

  44. Ryann March 24, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    Saw this kickstarter video (not a virus, I swear!) about a skirt clip for preventing flyup when riding your bike & thought of you! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1770007182/katch

  45. Jennifer, Workroom Social March 31, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    Best weekend ever! Let’s do it again this summer!!

  46. Claudia April 2, 2014 at 12:32 am #

    What a fun post! And I’ve never wanted an elastic more. I can’t even find it online!

  47. missjoiedevivre April 6, 2014 at 2:48 am #

    NYC is pretty much top of the list of places I will visit when I can afford the hideous price of travelling away from my far flung tiny island, and the only thing that would make it better would be something like this. So much envy.

    But, I’m totally stoked I have a group of great sewing mates here in Wellington, the likes of Making it Well and Curious Kiwi are fabulous fun to hang out with!


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