Wow, what a trip!
Before going, I wasn't 100% sure if I would like NYC - I'm a gal who (despite a love of architecture) generally prefers the country. But I LOVED it! What a varied and vibrant city! I will say this though - having experienced Manhattan for a week made me feel like I live in a small town again! Not a bad feeling to have!
My trip was made all the better by a whole lot of bloggy get-togethers and some very nice fabric acquisitions. It took me a while to narrow my pictures down, but even so, this is going to be a mega-post. Let's take things chronologically. For the sake of brevity, I'm only mentioning the bloggy stuff!
I attended the Workroom Social Pop-Up Party! I met so many lovely people, some of whom I "knew" and some who were new to me. You can find a lot of great pictures on Jennifer's blog here. They even had a table with nail art going on! Gah!
I wore the Scout Tee I'd made the week before. I felt sparkly and glamorous, but HOT! It was hot in the venue, and my tee was very heavy with 2 layers of fabric. Plus, I'm an old lady ;-)
I finally got to meet Shar! She and her family drove in to the city from their home about 2 hours away to spend part of the day with me. What an honor! Of course, we used the occasion to model our brand-spanking-new Robson coats. Shar's was SO new it didn't even have buttons on it yet, LOL! But look how gorgeous it is! It made me wish I'd also chosen a floral instead of a solid, although I do love mine too.
We got some funny looks from the concierge when we modeled our contrasting bias tape:
I'm also wearing a new, unblogged Hemlock tee that I made literally days before the trip. I love my cream floral one so much, and always wished I had a similar black one. So when I found the fabric at JoAnn's, I snapped it up. And I'm so glad I did.
Shar presented me with a beautiful and generous gift of fabric: two and a half yards of this amazing stretch sateen she'd ordered from Mood!
I keep going back and forth between making a floral blazer, or a dress. Or another coat? Gah! Can't decide! In the meanwhile, I just keep stroking it:
Evelyn was able to take a day off and we spent the entire day together, chatting away while she showed me her city. We started out walking the length of the High Line park - so lovely:
Had a fantastic lunch, and then worked our way back north and into Central Park. It was a gorgeous day - we really lucked out!
Tuesday & Wednesday:
Hubby was between meetings, so we explored the city together. I took a LOT of pictures, but I'll spare you :-)
A rainy day, but brightened because I spent it with Sonja! This lady knows the Garment District, so she took me around to some of her favorite shops. We started out at Mood. I was completely unprepared for how huge and overwhelming this place is! I came with some ideas of what I wanted, but couldn't find what I had in mind. So I "settled" for this beautiful piece of silk twill, which will likely become an Archer:
After that, I had the presence of mind to ask her if any of the shops carry Liberty, so she took me off to B & J. This was my favorite of the fabric stores I visited, and not just because they sell Liberty! It was smaller, quieter, and less of a sensory overload because everything is nicely organized.
I was astounded at the wide selection of Liberty they had in stock. This is just a small part of the bolts:
The fabrics are cut from these bolts, but they have a very nice system of hanging samples which make it a lot easier to look through all the different prints.
I ended up with two cuts of Tana Lawn, each enough for a shirt:
At the party on Saturday, I met Carolyn and we chatted for a while. We ended up connecting later in the week and decided to have a lunch date on Friday. It was so nice to talk to her one on one, in a quieter venue!
On my way there, I stopped by B & J again - I just couldn't get a particular fabric out of my mind. So I ended up buying this as well:
This is also Liberty; it's listed as "textured cotton print." You can't really see the texture from the right side, but you can from the wrong side:
I really see this as a dress - an Emery if my muslin works out - so I bought 3 yards of it.
Hubby had a fair number of meetings in the evenings, so I took advantage of my alone time and knit up a pair of socks with the yarn I bought last month in Toronto! You can't tell, because my camera can't handle it, but the colors are NEON! Such a cool yarn.
So that was my week! I had such a great trip, and as I said, it was made all the better by getting to hang out in real life with so many of my bloggy friends. Isn't the internet swell? These are all people I never would have met otherwise, but I'm so thankful they're in my life!