Once upon a time I measured my sewing year in garments made. I haven’t done that the last three years because I not only slowed down my sewing, I wasn’t always motivated or able to get photos of what I sewed. But, I’ve been doing a lot of fun domestic travel that isn’t always documented here. The lovely thing about traveling and meeting sewing friends is they become real life friends that you talk, text and chat with about all the things. So, I thought it might be fun to measure my year in sewing internet friends as told by Instagram 😀
In April, we hosted Melissa of Fehr Trade and her husband James. She bought Linus THE GREATEST tee shirt ever. Seriously. How cute is he? It’s my favorite shirt for him.
Melissa muled from the UK macaroons to me from Dibs, brought amazing chocolates, beer, cider and even store brand chocolate I asked for (because I remembered eating them visiting family in London as a kid).
While sad to see her go, we were able to pull together a little sewing meet up while she was in town.
End of a few great days with @fehrtrade Dinner in Baltimore w. @a_little_sewing @kathhhhhy_sews and non IGers. @Regrann from @kathhhhhy_sews – The ladies of sewing, Baltimore style. Celebrating the visit of Melissa @fehrtrade in ye olde Mid Atlantic. Plus I was out past 9pm on a Friday night wearing my tall shoes, that's cause for celebration, too. @fussbudgit @alltheotherladiesinthepicbutdontknoeyourintstagramnames #Regrann
I’m often asked about Trena, The Slapdash Sewist who hasn’t updated her blog in over a year. Well, she’s doing great. She hasn’t blogged for a while because she wants a new computer to make things easier and she got married in September 2015. She’s updating her computer at some point where she’ll be able to blog again. And, I’ve been prodding her to at least get on Instagram. If you can imagine, 2017 is our Ten Year Friendversary. Can you believe it? We met through Pattern Review and really are best friends. Crazy. We’ve been trying to decide what to do to celebrate out Friendversary. And, I think we’ve settled on a weekend in Minneapolis this summer for SR Harris fabric shopping. Oh, and she didn’t make her dress below. We found it on the first dress outing. It’s sold at BHLDN as a bridesmaid’s dress. She did make her hat though and she was stunning. My dress is one I had made in China years ago.
I've gotten a few emails about Trena, who blogs at The Slapdash Sewist. While it's been a year since she last posted, she's doing phenomenally. Still sewing. Just busy with life. Photo from her wedding last September. Hard to believe we met on @patternreview almost ten years ago as sarcastic, single women obsessed with sewing. Now, we're underblogging, fabric boarding, married and best friends 🙌
For my 40th birthday in April, we went to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a week. Conveniently, a friend owns a second home there so it was an easy trip. While getting off and on Route 66 in Albuquerque, I got to meet and have have fun drinks with with Nancy from Sew West. I’ve known her for what feels like forever through PatternReview and blogging.
Jordan thinks I've got sewing friends in every state/country. After ten years, finally met @nancyddaquino from SewWest for drinks @hotelparqcentral! In retirement, I should do a youtube series filming road trips meeting my internet sewing friends in all 50 states and turn it into a YouTube documentary 😅🙌✈🚂🚘 @Regrann from @nancyddaquino – Renee and I meet up in ABQ. (thanks Jordan for being our cameraman!) #hotelparqcentral #apothecary #albuquerque #missceliespants #sewwest #Regrann
This year I’ve made two very dear dear friends through sewing and this blog. First is Jeannie who authored the 365 Dresses blog. I get a little vaklempt when I type this: Jeannie is amazing. She doles our knitting, career and getting along with your remarried parent advice and doesn’t get tired of talking about any of it. I think I text or email her a minimum of six times a week. Even when she was in Paris! I just treated her like an old school Pen Pal — held captive by my demands for a response. We went to New York in early December and Maryland Sheep and Wool over the summer. And, because she’s here in Baltimore it’s so easy for us to make plans together. Jeannie has truly been a bright spot in this year. And, it feels kind of miraculous to know her. I mean, what are the odds I’d meet an experienced machine knitter less than five miles from me that I *like*? She’s a true friend and I can’t believe how lucky I am to have her in my life.
At MDSW, I also got to meet knitting phenom Dana from Yards of Happiness. She’s also owner of the cutest pair of chihuahuas ever and knits for them regularly. You may remember her from her old blog, The Art of Accessories — which gave me life. As noted here many a time, I can’t accessorize to save my life. I miss that blog, Dana.
Later in May, Dibs came in from Londontown! She did not have macaroons with her, lol. Dibs was warm and HILARIOUS. She promised to visit every time she’s in Maryland. Lucky for me, she has family here.
My weekend is awesome! 🙌Yesterday, I met the sewing, weaving, perfect macaroon-making @dibsandthemachine on the Mid-Atlantic portion of her US tour!! Dibs is as funny and kind IRL as she comes across her blog and IG. She doesn't know it yet. But, I'm finding her a knitting machine. Also, shout out to the suburban Olive Garden bar we met in. Who even knew Olive Gardens had bars?? #latergram #sewingfriends
In June, I got to meet Jasika from Try Curious. I’d been following her on Instagram and reading her blog for about a year and I was obsessed with her personality. Like, would talk about her to Jordan as though I knew her. When she had a trip to New York planned, I took the bus up to hang out with she and Marcy for the day. It was one of the best dates I’ve had this year. I’m happy to tell you that she’s *exactly* who she presents herself to be. She’s got a sharp wit, a beautiful spirit, nuanced reasoning and a true sense of herself. The US presidential election was really really rough on me. Who am I kidding. It’s *still* rough. But, a tiny bright spot was getting a note from Jasika the day after checking in on us. Without having talked about the election, she knew I’d feel like the world I knew was closing in on me. She may have also mailed cookies at Christmas that we managed to eat in less than 12 hours. We have no shame in the Rosensamuelfeld house. Seriously though, ALL THE HEART EMOJIS for Jasika.
We wrapped up the 2016 Internet Sewing Friends Tour with a trip to Kansas City. Jordan’s college roommate lives there and we went to visit he and his fiancé. Jordan is no longer surprised when I tell him I ‘know’ someone in random parts of the country. In KC, I got to meet with Mel and Ody who I knew from Pattern Review back when I joined in 2002. They were so kind! They took me all over town! Zoolee’s Fabrics was closed when I was there. But, I ended up ordering some really great lingerie sewing notions from her online. I was really interested in seeing how Fabric Recycles worked too. I didnt’ get a lot of photos. But, I think if you sew it’s worth checking out. Not for the fabric. But, for the vintage and modern notions. I bought a pressing mit, Japanese made walking foot, a Jean-a-jig, and vintage Fur tags. And, it was all for a song.
If you’re wondering where is next… I’m not sure! We’ve noodled going to Boston for a long weekend this year. But, we’re really saving for a big trip to the west coast in January 2018 for Jordan’s milestone birthday. We don’t know if we’re starting in Seattle / Portland or further south. But, the plan is to take two weeks to drive the coast and definitely hit Los Angeles and San Francisco where Jordan’s brother lives. If anyone has done this, I’m totally open to suggestions.
We *are* going to Chicago in March to see Hamilton and I’m planning on checking out the Mainbocher exhibit at the history museum.
There’s also a big family reunion on my mother’s side of the family in Carriacou, Grenada. I think I might go this summer for a few weeks. I hear there’s internet on the island now so I may not be bored totally out of my mind!