Thursday, November 19, 2009

It's all about the muslin

too late at night, working on the next muslin

Ok, there are a myriad of posts to be written about this fabulous trip.
Tonight, ... it's been a day and a half, and all I'm going to do is post some pics about fitting the muslins.
First, working on the pant pattern for Cidell.
After 3 muslins and a few alterations, I'm thinking we have a pant pattern that will work so that MissCelie can make pants, which BTW, she IS tall enough to wear!!! Hear that MissCelie? I mean, how on God's Green Earth are we to deal with a MissCelie's Pants when all MissCelie wears are dresses?
And, speaking of wearing dresses, isn't this chic?

Date: Wed November 18
Robin of "A Little Sewing" picked me up at Cidells' and then we made the 11:44 AM train to NYC. Not without a little drama - guess who left Cidells house with the cell phone locked inside? hmmm? Yeah, well, moving on.
We had a wonderful time chatting a mile a minute. As we were about to get off the train at Penn Station the man ahead of us turned around and said "It isn't any of my business, but are you going to a knitting contest?" We both laughed. "nope, but we are going to a sewing seminar"
So, go ahead, and look over at Robins blog to see what we did as soon as we left Penn Station. Pictures notwithstanding, I'm not the only one leaving Mood with a stack of fabric.

Then Mardel got in.
dinner (or is that drinks?): I think Mardel is my twin of a different mother and it took until recently for us to find each other. We are having such a wonderful time.

Date Thurs Nov 19
More on muslins, this time it's fitting in class
Kenneth King pinning the sleeve onto my jacket muslin
look at his jacket - isn't it just fabulous?
Kenneth King fitting the muslin on Robin while Mardel looks on.

The class is Sit and Sew given by Kenneth King and Susan Khalje. Both are excellent teachers, both are talented at garment construction, and both are contributing editors to Threads Magazine. Both are also personable, and a lot of fun. We'll be blogging about this over the next few days, but I can already tell you, if you can swing it, it's worth it!

interlude at lunch time - the requisite picture with Kashi -(and see who's there to show me arou d Kashi's?
Me, Kashi, Carolyn (diary of a sewing fanatic)
Don't even ask, 'cause I'm not saying. Except that I will let you know that Kashi has some of those incredible Japanese cotton engineered prints left....

And, to cap off an excellent day, an excellent dinner with great friends.

So I leave you with this thought.
This is an amazing age, the age of internet. I've met face to face several friends this trip. And I use the word "friends" deliberately. These are women I've "known" through their blogs and through various message boards - principally Stitchers Guild and Pattern Review, and then private emails and eventually telephone conversations.
These are friends who're as important to me as many people I've known IRL all my life.
These are women who share my passion - sewing and fiber arts - but more than that, they share various life experiences that are common to us all. And we have become friends. Who would have thought that through the medium of the written word on a public medium that one could form lasting and important relationships?
These women are my sisters and friends. I'm grateful for their friendship. We've come a long way baby.

You're reading this blog, therefore, you're connected online. Have you formed friendships that you feel are important to you through this online medium?


luckylibbet said...

Through PatternReview, I met the BABES (Bay Area Bash Expressly for Sewists) and the fabulous Georgene of the Sewing Divas; plus Neefer, Jennifer Shaw (my roommate at the weekend in Portland), Irene, Joan, MasoumaRose, Lisa M, and Laura TS. Our get togethers are loads of fun - and wow, what a lot of creativity is out there! I don't post too much any more to either StitchersGuild or PatternReview, but I definitely look forward to meeting with my fellow sewists whom I met online.

ejvc said...

Wow, you guys sound like you are having such a great time. I wish I could be there -- all of you make such beautiful things and I follow your adventures online all the time.

And yes, I've so far met in person the fabulous Claudine whom I met online and I am very hopeful to meet others!

a little sewing on the side said...

Marji, this is a wonderful post. I am loving that feeling that I already know you and Mardel. We have slipped into an easy companionship during this sewing workshop.
I am sooo disappointed I did not think to snap a pic when we saw MissCelie. Every time I see her, I struck at how glamorous /gorgeous she is. The woman is a traffic-stopper. And she says she is short? Ummmm, well OK, I guess we all critique ourselves, so I will give her a hall pass on that one.

Oh, and if you want a little enabling? MissMarji will make you feel LUCKY you found that amazing fabric and race to the cash register *LOL*

Gorgeous Things said...

I've met and become friends with several folks, many of whom overlap with you! Phyllis is probably the one with whom I've become closest, but the internet has really expanded my circle to folks not only in the States, but at places all over the globe.

Alas, I won't be able to make dinner tonight in NY. I have a prior commitment (date with DH to see Avenue Q). Have a great time and take more pictures!

knittinbrit_in_wi said...

I have met (online) some wonderful people and a few in person. You and Jae were the first face to face meetups. Which I think was the way to go; start with the best. I really think we need to get together again.

I have met others too, and consider some of them close friends. Others, I haven't had the opportunity yet, but look forward to the day when I do.

Sometimes the internet is described as a scarey place with predators lurking, which can be true, but there are so many new friendships that I have discovered that continue to enrich my life.

cidell said...

This is a wonderful post Marji! I was just talking with my officemate about what a wonderful time I had with you. She was pondering how difficult it is to make friends and I told her that I feel so blessed by the circle I have (which obviously includes you). If not for the internet, I wouldn't have some of my best friends! Thanks for coming and so generously sharing your knowledge with me!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

You know I didn't want to leave last night I was having so much fun talking. That was a wonderful post and you know that I've been calling you my friend for years now! *LOL*

Connie B said...

Me too! Through blogging and PR, I consider myself so lucky to have a circle of good friends- ones I've met in person, and ones, like yourself, that I have yet to meet face-to-face, but still consider friends. Glad you had fun on your travels!

Amy said...

I married someone I originally met online, so my answer is definitely "yes." I'm so jealous of your trip! It looks like you had a lot of fun visiting with people and I bet that class was amazing.

shams said...

It's been fun to read all three blogs to hear various details of your sewing "gathering." Very cool! You are near such great resources and people!

I have met a couple people through my blog and Stitcher's Guild and I hope to meet many more. I just started blogging in late August, and it's been great.

Nancy (nanflan) said...

Great thoughts--Although I haven't gotten to the phone call and IRL visiting stage yet, I also feel a friendship with many who share a virtual sewing circle. It's nice to be able to share our passion with each other and I feel honored to know you all.

Kathi said...

Looks like you are having a great time! Plus, you are learning a lot. Yes, Kenneth's coat is amazing. The fabric is awesome alone!

Anonymous said...

First, I am so jealous!
Second, the pants muslin on Cidell curves in under assets. That's how I like my pants to fit. What did you do to get that? Hopefully the answer isn't too difficult to explain!

Anonymous said...

If this is a double post, I apologise, but the first hasn't appeared.
1. I am so jealous.
2. You have the pants muslin curving under Cidell's assets. That's how I like my pants to fit. Is it easy to explain that adjustment?

SewingLibrarian said...

I'm so envious of all of you, but I'm enjoying reading all about your trip and the dinner and the sit and sew. You all look as if you are having a fabulous time! I feel so far away here in San Diego!

Nancy K said...

Oh, absolutely! It's so wonderful to finally meet women who we've never met in person and have an instant connection. It's a wonderful post. It's fabulous to get to know women from all over the world, and now some of you in real life.

Anonymous said...

I met my wonderful husband online! His sister is amazingly talented, too.... :) Glad to see you're having such a great time and connecting with friends. Sophie's outfit is beautiful and I'm looking forward to seeing her wear it this summer.