Wednesday, October 5, 2011

NYC meet-up, continued

So, in the rush to post about the meet-up, I forgot to show any of the treasures I picked up.  Because you know, it was supposed to be all about sewing, not eating and drinking.  When we all threw our patterns into a pile in the centre of Worldwide Plaza, I tried not to look, thinking about the three diaper boxes full of patterns I already have at home.  That's right, three diaper boxes.  They hold about 40-45 patterns each.  Yikes.  But then I saw that people hadn't brought along their fugly '90s patterns, but some lovelies like these:







Well, some of you may not think that those caftan/dashiki patterns are lovelies, but think of them as tunics.  Yeah, tunics.  

And here is my relatively modest fabric haul.  First up, the wovens:


From left to right: cotton broadcloth which will probably become something for my daughter; blue silk which was in a pile of nylon lining fabrics priced at $2/yard = score; silk charmeuse with an art deco feel. How beautiful is that?  It was $12/yard, which is a bit out of my comfort zone, what with being cheap thrifty, but how could I pass this up?


Next up: the knits.  It's hard to find reasonably priced jersey here in Montreal.  There must be some place, but until I find it, I'm not willing to spend $14/metre for icky jersey at Fabricville.


1m each of the striped, the mixed blue and the pink jersey; 3m of the black, because unlike Oona, I can never get enough black jersey.


This blue knit has the potential to turn nasty if I choose the wrong pattern.  Maybe just a very, very simple T with few seams.

And just so this post isn't all sewing and no scientist, here is what I did when I got back to Montreal.  We were invited to hear this talk and speak a bit about our project.  Lots of cool projects going on in Canada and the developing world that always make me wonder, "how the hell did I get this dream job?!  And when is my strike going to end so I can get back to 'taking life-saving science from lab to village', so to speak"  ;)


On another note, my man was taking some kind of online survey this morning to determine whether he was a nerd or not; he got a "not nerd" verdict, which led to a discussion about how our perceptions of what is and isn't a nerd has probably changed a lot over the last decade, what with the technology used in everyday life, when I realized what my shirt said:

Perhaps I won't take that survey.  

7 comments:

  1. Nerds for life! I love the second pattern you picked up, and your t-shirt is awesome. RL x

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  2. I used to be an on-campus dealer for a scientific supply company, so I would get lots of free Tshirts. I've recycled all if them but this one, since it's really thick, good quality cotton knit. And nerdtastic.

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  3. oh lucky you, such lovely fabrics and lush patterns. PS I think it's actually ok to be nerdy these days!

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  4. Great fabric and pattern haul!!! i really love that art deco one!!!

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  5. Hey Charlotte, you should have seen what Debi got ;) I guess we will see it sooner or later!
    I've never sewn with charmeuse before, so I'm a bit intimidated. I'm making something cotton right now to take it easy (although the print is very complicated and the matching is a b****) (and by b**** I mean _blast_ of course).

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  6. I've seen everything else you've made, I'm sure it will turn out well !! lol x x x x

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  7. Love your haul, and love your nerdy t-shirt too. I'm glad I'm not the only one who collects geeky science t-shirts!

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