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.