Sunday, January 20, 2013

i brought my camera this time

(pre script: the collar is interfaced, y'all. the collar is interfaced. the comments were MUCH appreciated and completely fascinating in their split right down the middle.)
 
yesterday, sonja of ginger makes, suzanne of beau baby, wanett of sown brooklyn, and an unsuspecting peter of male pattern boldness descended on mood. four gals and a guy blocked off the boucle area, gabbing about all manner of things, setting up multiple self timed cameras and generally making fools of themselves.
 
 
we were there with the intention of completing a wee sewing dare. our gentleman caller was informed that i would be picking out the fabric for sonja's next mood sewing network creation. this information was presented with raised eyebrows, trepidatious looks, and much cackling (the cackling was me). i pulled out a riot of purples and held it up to sonja. okay you guys tell me if i'm crazy but this color palette is PERFECT for her. eyes carefully and quietly considered the candidate. you're crazy, peter declared.
 
well, i NEVER.
 
rather than witness the crime of hue that was about to be forced upon the poor woman, our man decided it was best to meet us later for lunch. the ladies knew they were sonja's only hope. so here's the thing. in my line of work, the costume designer will put you in multiple outfits, take pictures of each, pick their favorites, and put those shots in front of producers for the final decision. and you can always tell by the pictures which ones are the actor's favorites. (at least, you can tell in mine. i like to make faces). so, when we finally decided to choose from a delightful section of silk charmeuse and georgette prints, we got to snapping.
 
i won't tell you which one (or TWO) ended up the winners, but perhaps you can guess by the look on our beautiful model's face?
 

how many ways can i end oona's life


i have no poker face


i'm laughing because thankallthatisholy YOU'RE laughing


do you think they'd throw us out if i ripped this apart with my bare hands?


smiiiiiiiiiile, though your heeaaaaart is breeaaaaaaking....


OONA GREY IS TOTALLY A COLOR DO MY CRAZYEYES NOT CONVINCE YOU?!


i mean, COME ON Y'ALL.

suzanne ROCKED the grey candidate, though a different and delicious print went home with her...
 
 
game face, yo. wanett and i decided we were leaving empty handed, though why we deprived ourselves is a mystery to me. deprivation is wrong, man.
 
phrases like charlotte russe and miami beach were hurled at each other, much to the delight of our mood angel, kendrell. in the end, the decision was 100% a group effort, and unanimous. i threw a little curve ball in at the last minute, but that was accepted. at that point in the day i had infected them broken their will opened their eyes to other possibilities. Y'ALL IT IS GOING TO BE SO COOL.
 
later, we took over one of the many area "pret a mangers" (seriously, there were three we could eyeball from the corner of 39th and broadway). at table, we fondled each other's wares, and peter presented one of those great "which color are you" tomes circa 80s, which, now that i think about it, may have been designed to be a teachable moment harkening back to my first choice for sonja. well played, sir. pret listened to us gab about color and race and gadgets and personal space and reality and birthin' babies for far longer than it took us to finish lunch. suzanne's beau baby even gave us a virtual fashion show. (look out for that one. she has inherited both the fashion sense and wit of her momma.) none of us wanted to leave. luckily there were two other prets within spitting distance for the more harangued customers.
 

LOOK OUT THERE'S A GIANT PHALLUS POINTED AT YOU
 

pret customers were blurred to protect their version of reality.
 
i'll tell ya, it's awesome to live in new york. i've lived many, many places, and if i do say so myself, i'm pretty good at finding the awesome everywhere, but if we're talking sewists hang time, this city is on a very short list of Let's Meet Down The Street. there are so many homespun and visiting peeps i've had the luxury to frolick with over the past months that i haven't even had a chance to brag about yet.
 
and the best thing about it is, sewing related or not, i'd happily spend hours again with all of these beautiful people.
 

34 comments:

  1. I feel like you took us right along with you. It was a fun trip!

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    1. that was my intention, so i'm very glad to hear it:))

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  2. whoop, I'd love to live somewhere near a huge fabric temptation store like Mood! Looking forward to seeing what everyone makes...

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  3. It was a FABULOUS day!! We certainly got or $8 snack wrap and $3 juice worth of time at Pret, lol!
    I always have such a great time with sewing people! I totally expected to be home in a couple of hours, but I know now to just block off the entire day when we have these meetups!

    I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

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  4. what a fantastic day! Had a flash back of our met up.. I hope Sonja is making #oonapants with the winner fabric.
    Ps I did the colour me beautiful workshop and it was very fun

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  5. LOVE this post!! I so want to go to Mood....must make trip to NYC again!! And soon!!

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  6. This sounds great. Your New York meetups always sound great. I'm at a loss to decide which fabric was the Chosen One, though...

    Here's a little award for you:
    http://marmota-b.blogspot.cz/2013/01/blog-awards-and-sewing-with-cats.html

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    1. ooh thanks girl! i'll come over round tea time to pick it up!

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  7. This looks like such a rad day! The two hours I had in Mood was not enough. That place is like a rabbits warren of awesome :D

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  8. Ohm'gah, yesterday was the BEST DAY EVER. Thanks so much for the Oonspiration! I hope my project will do justice to you, my pretty muse!

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    1. i am CERTAIN you will. and i'm pretty sure i'm gonna wanna steal it, so be careful, yo.

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  9. Ahhh I really want to go to NYC and mood :( Wahhh to Australia haha

    www.becstitches.blogspot.com.au

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  10. Well "color me jealous"! Ugh. God. Sorry that was awful!
    But this trip looked like SO MUCH FUN OMIGAWD!!!

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    1. BOOOOOO that wordplay was awesome.....

      come on over, girl. we're waiting.

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  11. That seems like the funnest!

    I wonder which silk made the cut. Despite Sonja's death glare with the first bolt, I think it's quite nice. And what was the curve ball? The suspense!

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  12. shoulda coulda DIDNT book a flight to New York this year. *slap* maybe next time. New York looks awesome - I will make do with London and Paris *sigh* maybe in 2015...

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    1. 2015?!?! That's, like, sci-fi talk! So far away!

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    2. i know, right? does that year even exist?! somebody check with the mayans.

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  13. Wow looks like you guys had a blast! Neeeeed to get myself over there. Keenly awaiting the fabric verdict - I particularly like the grey and the first yellowy pink.

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    1. sadly, the yellow was my fave too...

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    2. Looking back on the photos, that was probably the best color for me, huh? Haha! I guess Oona's not the only brat in town! :D

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  14. Great to see that you kids had fun.... and I think I may have to visit NYC just to get in amongst all those walls of fabric. Mood Fabrics looks like a little slice of fabric heaven.

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  15. I thought Tessuti fabrics here in Sydney (which you must visit if you ever venture down to the Antipodes) was a world of temptation, but wow, Mood looks incredible. I think if I went in there I'd emerge bankrupt.

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  16. take me back to New York! Take me back! I'm totally and completely jealous that you get to 'frolick' with such seamstresses on a whim.

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    1. YES GIRL! WE'RE GONNA WRECK THOSE AISLES!

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    2. Mood is not ready for us. It's going to be KAOSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. With a "k". For extra madness.

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  18. First: FUN! I'm partial to that first print Sonja was holding up:) And second: Holy What Batgirl! That is a beautiful boucle jacket you're sporting...is that, by chance the fabric you were going to use for the wiggle dress? I may have been in an internet hole the past few weeks, but did you already post about this? It looks really, really swank!

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  19. What a marvelous adventure! I love seeing all of the photos from this meet-up :) This group knows how to have a good time!

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