Pattern Review Boston-area meet-up and other sewing updates

Pattern Review Boston-area meet-up - group photo

 Group photo from MariaDenmark

Instead of showing you my finished Archer of Many Details, which is indeed finished but not yet photographed, I have a bunch of other sewing-related updates for you today.  Get ready for a somewhat random & gushy post.  🙂

Boston-area sewing meet-up

This weekend I attended my first-ever sewing meet-up, the Pattern Review Boston-area meet-up at Grey’s Fabric.  Basically the best day ever!  🙂  I’ve heard many bloggers say that people who sew are the nicest people, and I’m happy to report that it’s absolutely true.  Everyone I met was so down to earth, friendly, and kind-hearted, and of course everyone was so joyful and passionate about sewing.  It was such a pleasure to hang out with people who share my interest in sewing, chat about fabric and patterns, and simply meet such a wonderful bunch of women.  I think this was the first group of women I’ve ever hung out with where there was absolutely no drama.  How refreshing.  🙂

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Welcoming spring with a Liebster

Spring RTW outfit - close up

Spring has sprung!  The weather over the past two days has been absolutely glorious: sunny, warm, and without a trace of humidity.  We only get a handful of these days in Boston each year, so I’m trying to savor them!  To celebrate, I wore one of my favorite warm-weather outfits yesterday: a pink polka-dot cardigan, blue tank top, and teal striped jersey skirt.  I didn’t make any of this, but there’s nothing wrong with enjoying your much-loved RTW garments, right?

I love the combination of bright, cheery colors, and since it’s all made from knits, the comfort level is extreme.  The cardigan gives me a little warmth for the air conditioning at work, while the flowy skirt allows for plenty of breeze circulation (ahem) when outdoors.  I barely own any black clothing, and this outfit is a great reason why: life is more fun in color!

As if the beautiful spring weather, chirping birds, and overwhelming sea of flowers weren’t enough, I’ve been nominated for a second Liebster!  Kat of The Couture Academic was kind enough to think of me, which was pretty delightful since I consider Kat to be one of my long-lost sewing kin.  We’re both scientists (Kat with a PhD and me on my way), we’re both tall and often make the same pattern adjustments, and we both enjoy sewing at a relaxed pace.  Thanks so much for the nomination, Kat!

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Share your small sewing blog!

Liebster blog award

Breaking blog news: I was recently honored with a Liebster Award by the lovely Tutti, and it was such a wonderful surprise!  Tutti, thank you so much for stopping by, reading about my crafty adventures, and taking the time to nominate me for the award.  It made my day!  : )

I hope Tutti doesn’t mind, but I’m going to break protocol, not follow any of the rules for the award, and make up my own instead.

Share your small sewing blog

In the spirit of the award, “Discover new blogs,” I’d like to invite you to share your small sewing blog with us in the comments of this post.  That way, we can all discover each other!  You can define “small” however you’d like.  Feel free to leave a link to your blog’s homepage and/or a post about one of your favorite sewing projects.  The more commenters, the more blog love we all get to share!

I don’t know about you, but the majority of my sewing blog reading tends to focus on larger, more popular blogs, simply because they’re easy to find since everyone is talking about them, linking to them, buying new patterns from them, etc.  While I enjoy reading big/professional blogs and learn so much from these sewing experts, I also really love reading smaller/personal blogs.  There’s something about small blogs that harks back to the original blogs of the early 2000s, when sponsorships were rare and bathroom mirror shots were the norm.  They always feel so personal and inviting, as if I’m chatting with a friend in their living room about our shared passion for craft.  What’s not to love about that?

So, if you have a small sewing blog or know someone who does, please chime in below!  It’s my hope that we can all make some new friends and pull up a comfy chair in our virtual living rooms… perhaps with a cocktail in hand.  : )  And if there’s enough interest, I’d consider doing a round-up post so we can all see each other’s beautiful faces.

P.S. – Extra bonus points go to any male sewing bloggers – we really want to meet you!