I know, I can be a leeeeeeetle bit dramatic sometimes, but really, it was the best weekend ever. And I can sum it up with this picture.
I was so so so happy this entire weekend. It was for meeeeeeeeee, and there hasn't really been anything like that in my life since....forever it seems. I really realized that I cannot be a good spouse or a good parent or a good employee, or a good anything for that matter, if I am not a happy person. Yes, I got that from this weekend. Sometimes, you just need a break....
I learned quite a few things about garment sewing, pattern use, invisible zippers, elastic, carbon paper, and much more. Which every time I said ooooh, or aaaaaah, Anna Maria would point out that all of these things were discussed in her book, and if only I had read her book....... She is seriously so darn funny. And so is Heather. Between the two of them, I couldn't stop laughing all weekend. I am fairly certain that all of us had a super great time. I am bummed that I missed the group photo, but I would have been all sweaty in the picture from schlepping the ridiculous amount of fabric I brought, from my room back to the car.
I am not a dress person, but I've loved Anna Maria Horner's Evening Empire dress. Except for the gathers at the waist. I can't have that (less, less in that area!). Soooooo, I/we decided to mix the top of the dress with the Yard Sale Skirt from Heather's book-basically just cut out the 6 gores. It came out insanely cool. There was math involved, and measuring, and the making of a muslin for the top of the dress(my first). All in all, I came to the sewing realization that those extra few steps that seem like a waste of time-- are really quite worth it!
The group of ladies that were there with me this weekend were so much fun. I really did not take enough pictures and I wish I had more of everyone there! I just had so much fun hanging out with people who sew and know the words that I say (please tell me that you know what I am talking about). It was like a Mod. Quilt guild meeting, but all freaking weekend!!!! Awesomeness!
If anyone out there ever has a chance to do anything like this - DO IT!!! It was such an amazing experience!! Thank you to everyone who was there......it was the best!!
I'll try to take some pics today of my stack of AMH Bohemian for the giveaway........hopefully I can get that posted within the week........