Except that time I got married, today was the best day I’ve ever had in Florida! Tracey (no blog — yet) was kind enough to spend the day with me and we headed out to meet the Hot Patterns duo of Trudy and Jeremy for lunch. I couldn’t stop running my mouth! I was full of questions about them, the company, design philosophy — everything!
Proof. See. Seriously. Laughing, laughing, laughing. That’s Trudy in the middle and Tracey to the left.
I’ve long admired Hot Patterns as they were the first non Big 4 pattern makers I’d been exposed to. I’ve had some lovely results from their designs and wanted to thank them for being fashion forward. They are just as passionate about sewing and design as we are and love what they are doing. It was an absolute pleasure to meet them. Plus, I’m a sucker for a fabulous British accent!
After lunch, we went to the newish Pennie Textiles down in Sarasota. Ahmagah.
It is a *real* fabric store. With linens, wools, silks, fine cottons, shirtings, knits. Like, real, garment sewing fabrics. Last year, my mom and I tried to find a fabric store to make her a skirt in Tampa. Joanns and Hancock were the Land of Fleece. This, now, this is fabric shopping.
Crap. Why didn’t I buy that red and white striped knit below??
And, then I laid my eyes on this:
I cannot resist a star themed fabric. Nevermind in three different silk weights.
I also got a STUNNING black eyelet, but I didn’t take a photo. Hopefully, I’ll sew it up so soon I won’t need a photo of it all folded.
Tony at the cutting table was a doll and happy to talk to you about what they have in stock.
I had such a good time connecting with these fabulous sewing ladies today. And, I’m coming home with two beautiful pieces of fabric. The last three times I’ve been to Florida it’s been too busy. This time, it was just me and my dad so my schedule was much more flexible.
I need to figure out a way to take a year off of work, travel the world and just meet other sewers and sewing bloggers.
Anywho, I’m heading back home to Baltimore today with a suitcase full of fabric, patterns and a new to me sewing machine. All in all, a good time in Sunshine State.