I had a really good time at the Sewing Expo. I haven't been in a few years and I was glad to see some new things as well as old favorites. So many things to see and so much shopping to do, what fun. This is what I came home with. First my fabric purchases. I got a grey wool herringbone to make a jacket. The red and grey silk will be the lining. A brown heather I think it is a wool blend the label only said assorted fabric content. The white is a light weight silk and I'm not sure what I will do with it. It was a good buy at $6 a yard. The pink with circles is rayon maybe that will be a dress. The black and aqua is a cotton Lycra knit and I know that will be a t-shirt. The white with yellow and blue dots is very light weight cotton. I just thought that was fun and I am not sure what that will become. The cream red and aqua is a vintage feed sack. I love that color combination but again not sure what that will be. All the fabrics came from http://www.voguefabricsstore.com/ except for the feed sack. The feed sack came from http://www.oldmadequilts.com/ Where I also got a loom to weave rugs out of fabric strips. I am excited to try this and this will be a great use of some of my ugly stash. And I love the look of rag rugs.
I picked up some apron printed fabric from http://www.hancockfabrics.com/ I forgot to get this in the picture but it is adorable. The other item I got at Hancock's was a book 101 Fabulous Fat-Quarter Bags with M'Liss Rae Hawley. She was there representing her fabric line and books so I got tho chat with her a bit and she signed my book. She seems like a really fun person to be around. There are several bags I want to try like the Ribbon Purse, the Cube Purse, and the Mix and Match Tote.
I picked up some patterns and a few kits. For some reason I love kits I can start on a project right away with everything I need right there. And I don't have to go searching for some little part that I have no idea where to find. And then the second project I make from that pattern can be something that I picked out. The 3 little white patterns I got from www.quiltplususa.com/shop I could have bought many more things in there because everything was adorable and she had all kinds of purse hardware. What I got was a little coin pouch kit and a zippered Kitty Pouch kit and a pattern for a crazy quilted eyeglass case that has a spring clutch closer at the top. So I could make more I got 3 of the spring clutch and a couple of tiny purse frames. I think these would make great gifts.
From http://www.barboriginals.com/ I picked up the Flower Jacket Pattern and Three Bags Full a pattern and kit with the hardware for making the bag. The bag pattern is for 3 zippered bags that hook onto a shoulder strap but they are all separate bags and can be used individually as well as all hooked together. I think these would be great to use when traveling. I think they have potential for embellishment as well.
This booth http://www.lesfabriquesinc.com/ had the most wonderful fabrics and the nicest people. They had beautiful wools and silks and just lovely things. They were part of the fashion show on stage and showed off some of their fabrics made with Kwik Sew patterns. I got a vest pattern 3717. It is really just a oval of fabric with two arm holes cut out. But I liked how it draped and you can wear it 2 ways. Either with the arms holes closer to the top or turned around so it makes more of a shawl collar. I thought it was simple and clever.
The other patterns I got from Vogue. They had several boxes of patterns and if you bought 7 of them they were $3 each. I couldn't pass up a good bargain pattern. Most of them were quilt patterns and I had to spend some time looking through each box to find some that I liked. But I love the hunt and feel like I found some good ones. I think my favorite from there is Petal Pouches Valori Wells Designs. There are three sizes of pouches and a felt flower pin cushion.
Although I didn't buy anything here http://www.niftytriftydrygoods.com/ I loved this store. They had all kinds of vintage buttons and trims. And the store was set up so cute with everything grouped by color and all the trims were wrapped around wooden spools. They had these beautiful pendants with antique lace inside a glass frame. I almost bought one but I really want to learn how to make these. My next hobby, like I need another one.
If the http://www.sewingexpo/ comes to a town near you you should definitely go because it is so much fun to be around that many people who love to sew.