I recall typing earlier this year that I would be attending the American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan. Janet Pray (yes, the woman herself!) called me up and asked me to come and teach a few little classes there and I was only too happy to agree. Okay, Ok, I nearly fainted when she asked me, so I was only tooooo ecstatic to agree! The expo took place over this past weekend (I’m deathly tired, by the way) and it was AMAZING! I did a few presentations there, in addition to teaching short-ish and sweet classes in the Sew Cafe (a little make ‘n’ take lounge). I went and pitched my idea about the Everyday Wardrobe to several women, and guess what? It really got people excited! I have a really fun idea to share with you in the coming weeks that’s about the Everyday Wardrobe, participation based of course, and I think you and I are going to set the world on fire with it! Really fun stuff here.

In addition to having a great time teaching and meeting insanely amazing women + huge GIANTS in the sewing world (I shook hands with Judy Neukam, Threads Editor, and Susan Khalje AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!) I was rooming with Gertie! We shared a room last year in Florida and it was soooooo much fun to be roomies with her once again. I bought her book at the expo and she signed it for me and as I was reading through it and flipping through the fabulous pattern photos at the back, I found a little something on her resource page! She included A Fashionable Stitch shop in the resources section and on page 148! Thank you Gretchen – I’m thoroughly honored (blush, blush)! From what I’ve read of the book so far, I’m truly inspired! I’m loving all of the blouse patterns (total thinking Everyday Wardrobe gone vintage and a little upscale) and I might just have to break down and make the bomshell wiggle dress!

It goes without saying that I also spent wayyyyyyy too much money there. But truly, friends and cohorts in sewing crime, if you knew what I found, you could hardly blame me. I have to make you just a little bit green with envy, so here goes. I bought some really beautiful wools from Wool House which is a company based out of Toronto, Canada. I loved the selection and I couldn’t help but flash winning smiles at Bob Moosa, the charmer who was working the booth. What makes fabric shopping more fun than just the fabric? It’s the people selling you the fabric, folks. If sales people aren’t supposed to be charming, who is? Bob is all about the charm. He knows his wools and his selection is really vast. You simply must call and get swatches – if only to talk to him! He’ll make you feel like a million and you’ll get some wonderful fabrics too!

The Material Girls had this really cute dobby-like cotton that I simply could not resist. A japanese print, it’s just the ticket with these snaps I purchased from the Snap Source people. You guys every heard of the Snap Setter? I had heard about it before and was very interested in seeing a demonstration for it in person. For me, it did not disappoint. If you’ve ever tried to apply a snap to a blouse before – and I have – using the crummy Dritz plier tool is for the birds. Love snaps? Get this tool! So easy to use, so genius and they make every color and type of snap you could ever want plus they have varying sizes of snaps – a real bonus, in my opinion. Who doesn’t want to make a button up shirt with snaps? This is totally Everyday Wardrobe approved! I’m planning to possibly carry this tool with selection of snaps in the future in the shop, so look for those in the nearish future.

Last stop, Mendel Goldberg Fabrics, based out of New York. If you only knew how long I’ve been looking for a Chanel style boucle, you would have stopped dead in your tracks, like I did, when I saw what this booth had to offer. You guys, this IS Chanel boucle, not just Chanel style. Yeah. I’ve wanted one of those Chanel jackets for forevah! I’m not going to lie and say this wasn’t expensive, because it was, but I’m sooooooo in love with this fabric. As if it wasn’t enough that I actually found my long lost boucle soul mate, Gertie and I went halvsies on this silk and cotton brocade. Sooooooo amazingly gorgeous! Mendel Goldberg also has a swatch service and because these types of fabrics are truly kind of a rare find, if you too, have had visions of a Chanel jacket lined in quilted silk charmeuse with a chain weighted hem whilst sleeping, you absolutely must call and get some swatches. The ladies running the booth were fabulous!

Shop Alert!
And because I didn’t want to write an extra post about this, I thought I would just tack it onto the end of this one. Just soos ya know, I’ve just barely finished photographing and adding……………..LAMBSWOOL to the shop! For those of you doing Gertie’s Coat Sewalong or the Anise Sewalong, you might be interested in picking up some of this for added warmth. When this stuff finally came, I almost pinched myself because I couldn’t actually believe that I was able to source it. I’m selling it in cream for now and I’ll be getting it in black very soon too.

Eat your eyes out,


30 thoughts on “Loot

  1. Ha! I bought my purple wool suit material at The Wool House. When you started the sentence about that place I thought: Oh, they must have other locations. And I’ve had a snap setter for a couple of years (I’ve written a few posts on it, I believe.) While it’s not as good as an industrial stamper, it’s a very useful home product. That Dritz version is useless, IMO.

    1. SOOOOOOOOOO useless. I’ve got to hop on over to your blog and read your posts on the snap setter! And I LOVE your purple wool suit. It is/was beautifully done! I wish we had a Wool House here in Utah, I would go there everyday!

  2. I wonder if you could stock the snap setter in your shop? I just know I’ll want one one of these days….
    Great Haul! That boucle is just TDF!

    1. Thank you Robin! I’m so looking forward to using the boucle. Just ordered in some charmeuse for the lining. Sigh, it will be luscious. I’ll be getting the snap setter tool in soon, not to worry. I’m very much looking forward to using it myself.

    1. Oh yay! I just hopped over and read your posts on camp chanel! Very informative! Will be referencing as I go through my chanel jacket project. I love the purple too – Gertie purchased some of that color and I’m sure she’ll make it up in something completely amazing.

  3. I’m going to go against the grain (ha!) and say that I’m completely envious of that cotton – I love it! (Don’t get me wrong, the wool is lovely, but when you’re about to move to a sub-tropical city it’s not quite so appealing.)

    1. Oh I understand! Though, have to admit that I would long to live somewhere else, if only to sew with luscious wools again. On the other hand, I’m terribly fond of hot paradise weather and all those tropical fruits too.

  4. I live in wee New Zealand and I’m so completely jealous that we don’t have a Sewing Expo! It sounds amazing. Maybe that is how I put my passion for sewing together with my day job (event manager). I am loving the snap and the cute cotton – can’t wait to see your finished product. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. That Chanel is to die for! Makes me so sad to know I missed out when my favorite local fabric shop closed, and even the Chanel went for 90% off. Oh the jackets that could have been made! Also, I may just have to get the snap setter for a dress I’m about to start on. Twist my arm.

    1. I highly recommend the Snap Setter – K-line is right. Its not an industrial snap setter, but for little odd quick and dirty home sewing, it gets the job done well.

  6. Snap-setter! That takes me back. I made all my daughter’s baby clothes, and sewed her pants with snaps lining the legs and crotch. When it was time for a diaper change, I could just unsnap the legs in one satisfying motion (when you’re sleep-deprived, it’s the little things that count). Also, pounding that sucker with a hammer helped me cope with the frustrating questions of life, like why don’t men have babies…

  7. AAAHHH!!! LAMBSWOOL! I love you! I’m making a yellow hounds-tooth coat for my daughter and I’m lining it in cotton flannel but I REALLY want lambswool for when I make my full length coat.

    1. You got it sister! Yay! Now at least you have a place to source it – it was insanely hard for me to get, but its here now and its here to stay! Yay!

  8. I am follow wing the Anise Sew Along and just bought some lambswool to interline my jacket. (It gets cold in MI!) Question: Does it need to be pre-treated? What’s the best way. Does it make the coat dry clean only?

    1. Hi Crystal!

      I personally feel that all coats are dry clean only. I was just about to type all coats and jackets, but there are some jackets that really aren’t. Anything that has quite a bit of structure, like a coat, does better when its only dry cleaned in my opinion. Pre-treat the lambswool by having it dry cleaned, or just steam it like a wool fabric. You can also, run it through the dryer for a 20 minutes with a damp cloth. Your Anise is going to be FABULOUS! So warm too! I’m actually conniving a way to make an Anise for myself. I’m loving the shape and style so much!

      1. My lambswool arrived today and it is glorious! So soft and feather light. I swear, it weighs nothing. I immediately wrapped myself up in my Anise fabric sandwich (nothing is cut yet) and stood out on my porch on what was a blustery Michigan fall morning today and was all warm and snuggly! After I ordered, I worried about loft, and if it would make the coat bulky-feeling, but doesn’t seem to change the drape of my cotton flannel fabric at all. I’m excited to see the final product. Thank you!

  9. As one of the women at your Everyday Wardrobe pitch, I can testify to the excitement. (I think your gorgeously constructed fuchsia skirt helped generate the strong reaction. So lovely!) I’ve never had the stamina for SWAP. Starting with just one garment, that I could do. Well, maybe one garment and one new pair of cute, comfortable shoes. 🙂

  10. Lady, it looks like you had a great time and snatched up lots and lots of goodies. It musth have been so inspiring to me around like-minded people. You are tired now but it was totally worth it!

  11. What a spectacular haul!
    I’m very much looking forward to your plans for the Everyday Wardrobe. Your posts so far have really sparked my imagination and I’m sketching (albeit badly) lots of little plans.

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