Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Chicago, Here I come!

I have only nine days left to sew before I leave for the Patternreview.com Meeting in Chicago. I've never been to Chicago and I haven't met many of my on-line sewing friends that will be at the meeting. I guess you could say that I'm pretty excited about this trip. Of course, I have to have a new, sewn-by-me wardrobe while attend an event of sewing friends.

The events for this meeting will include a fabric shopping day and dinner, a guest teacher/speaker and a pizza party, and then breakfast with the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois. Also, I'll be doing some sightseeing on my own the day after the meeting. I already have figured out what I'll wear to most of the events, thanks to the PR Mini-Wardrobe contest. However, I need something to wear to the breakfast with the Lt. Gov.

I've decided to wear a dress. Of course it'll have to be a new dress. I just bought this See&Sew 5593 pattern on my last trip to JoAnn's.

I'm going to mix it up a bit from the red/black/gray of my mini-wardrobe and make it from a brown/orange print jersey and also make a tie shrug to wear over it since it will probably be cold. I should pack for the trip expecting rain, and then be ready for the sun to shine as well. The shrug I want to make is NL 6559. I think it will look great over the dress. My only concern is that the dress has a tie in the back and the shrug has a tie in the front. Sounds like a lot of ties for one outfit.

Since I'm adding brown to my color palate for the trip, I've decided to make another t-top and pants like the gray one I did for the mini-wardrobe. The pants fabric is a pinstripe RPL and the top fabric is a rayon lycra jersey. I'm using the same TNT patterns and I have a leopard belt that might work. If it doesn't, the belt is reversible with dark brown on the other side and I'll wear my leopard print shoes. I may even do some of the same embellishments to this top as I did on the gray one. I need to do the tutorial anyway so this would be a good opportunity to take pictures.

I know my plan sounds ambitious, but I do my best work under pressure. I have today off and don't have any plans for the weekend except to sit at my machine and sew. When I put my sewing under pressure like this, that's when my sewing machine usually breaks down. Good thing I have lots of back-up machines just sitting around! Please pray for the serger and the coverstitch machine though.


  1. Your plan looks great! I wish I could be there. Unfortunately, I just couldn't make it happen this year. It's a shame too since I only live 5 hrs away and go to Chicago often. I have been to quite a few of the fabric stores you are going to visit and know that you will have a great time. Make sure you have plenty of extra room in your suitcase!

  2. Have a fabulous time! and bring back all the details. We so want to hear all about it.

  3. I hope you have the time of your life!

  4. Have a great time! Wish I could come. You are going to look great!

  5. We missed a chance to meet-up when you were here on the east coast. Finally, I'll see you in Chicago!

  6. I cannot wait to see you in your new dress! Enjoy your Chicago visit!

  7. Hi, Sherril!

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