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My Ode to Pattern Review Weekend 2018

June 5, 2018

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I just got back from Pattern Review Weekend 2018, and it was SO MUCH FUN!! I’m thoroughly exhausted, but it was totally worth it. I’m still on my PRW high, so I’m going to wax poetic about just how awesome this weekend was.

The weekend started on Friday morning with a tour of the Stratford Festival Costume Warehouse. This was such a cool tour. I can’t remember how many sewists are employed by this organization, but let’s just say it’s a lot. The costumes that they make are pretty fantastic.

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At the end of the tour, we were able to try on some of the costumes. Not sure which of these should be my new look?

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After the tour, we had three different sessions. The first was from the amazing Gillian Whitcombe. She talked about how to take better photos of our makes, and she had us practice taking some pictures. Kyle, from Vacuuming the Lawn, and I took this opportunity to take some photos of our makes from the same fabric. We actually bought this fabric at French Couture Fabrics in NYC during PRW 2017.

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After lunch we heard from Jalie Patterns and got to see their new releases. I bought three. Then at the end of the afternoon, Bramaker Supplies gave a presentation. I never really considered making bras, but after their presentation, I’m kind of considering it.

When evening came we had entertainment, dinner, and contests. The entertainment was Connie Bontje’s ukulele band and they were FANTASTIC!!! The fun that they were having during their performance was contagious!!

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After dinner we had the contests. I entered the camp shirt contest with a new version of Butterick 6563. I used some fabric that I have had in my stash for approximately 5ish years. It came from the now shuttered Les Fabriques. I loved that store and was so sad to see it close. 😦

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Since the fabric was sewing-themed with all of the thimbles, I added spool and scissor buttons. They are super-cute, but a little tricky to move through the buttonholes.

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And since this camp shirt was for a sewing weekend, I decided to add a little embroidery on the back. The design came from Urban Threads.

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And just because I’ve been in an embroidery groove lately, I added some embroidery to the front pocket.

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On Saturday morning we boarded school buses at 8AM and headed out for some shopping. The first stop for my bus was Ann’s Fabrics in Hamilton, Ontario.

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This is an amazing store. I bought some gorgeous wool sweater knit and some coral cotton sweater knit. I could have bought more, but I was trying to pace myself.

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We then went to Ottawa Street in Hamilton and checked out more fabric stores. We also stopped for a few photo opps.

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Our last stop of the afternoon was the Lens Mill Store in Woodstock, Ontario. This place is huge.

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We returned to Stratford at 6PM. It was a full day of shopping. I ended up purchasing about 15 meters of fabric (and three Jalie patterns from day 1).

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There are so many things to love about PR Weekends. The shopping is incredible and the sessions are super informative, but PR Weekends are way more than that.

For most of my childhood, I went to summer camp. It was always the highlight of my year. I loved everything about it and hated to see it end. When I would return home, I always felt like I had changed in important and visible ways. That’s kind of what PRW feels like to me. I’ve returned home to Boonetowne, and I feel a bit different. Over the weekend, I saw old friends and met some new ones. I was inspired and challenged and supported, and I began to imagine who and what I might become. That’s what I loved most about this weekend. At fifty years old, I left PRW thinking about who and what I might become. It’s like summer camp for grown-ups who really love fabric!

 

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5 Comments
  1. It was great to meet you. Happy sewing!

  2. It was great to meet you and your camp shirt really is delightful.

  3. Becky permalink

    That campshirt is wearable art for sure. Great job!

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