Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MPB day - Sewing Fun - Peter Lappin Style

MPB day took place on Saturday, August 9th.  It was my first MPB day and it won't be my last.  It was just wonderful to spend a beautiful sunny day in New York City with like-minded sewers and bloggers.  

We all met at 11 am in front of the FIT museum where we started the day by viewing the current exhibit at FIT:  Exposed:  A History of Lingerie.  To be honest, I did not focus too much on the exhibit. I ran into Kyle of Vacuuming the Lawn.  I had first met her at a PatternReview event back in 2012.  We sat on a bench in front of a Fortuny tea gown and caught up on the happenings of the past two years.  It was great fun to spend some time with Kyle!

Afterward, we all walked up the street to Panera Bread for lunch where I was fortunate enough to get a photo op with Master Blogger/Vlogger Peter Lappin of Male Pattern Boldness.  (In the below photo I am wearing a self-drafted cowl neck top made from a drapey poly ITY fabric.  The pants are Vogue 7804, View A [now out of print]):

and where I also met this impressive young man, Enrique of Enrique Sews

Enrique is a car mechanic who loves to sew.  He made the really cool carry-all you see in the photo and he has sewn some beautiful men's shirts.  During the afternoon shopping excursion, Enrique was searching for the perfect soft drapey cotton fabric so that he and his girlfriend could make a dress for her together.  He is teaching her how to sew!  Ah….to be young and in love…..

After lunch, we all separated into smaller groups; some went to Mood (heard that Tim Gunn was there - bummer, I missed him!); B&J; Paron and many other stores.

Kyle and I went to Paron where there was a 40% off sale!  Yippee!

I purchased a beautiful emerald green Irish linen fabric.

I have no idea what I will make with it and when but I just had to have it!  Kyle got a gorgeous fabric in a beautiful shade of blue.  We made a second trip later where she got another fabric that was dark blue with a small flower motif.  (I think her favorite color is blue…what do you think?)  I can't wait to see what she will make with these purchases!

Toward the end of the afternoon, we all met at Bryant Park to unwind, rest our weary feet and show off our purchases:

I am happy to say that I was able to exercise some degree of self-restraint.  My purchases consisted of the green fabric, the matching thread spool and some cool square snaps from Daytona Trim (thank you Kyle for pointing them out to me!)

What is that old cliche?...Time flies when you are having fun…It certainly was the case here.

Thank you Peter for organizing this beautiful day for us - you're the best!


  1. So glad you could come, Tomasa. Great meeting you!

  2. Envious here! And that emerald linen is fabulous. Well done!

  3. Ok, I should have taken that Built By Wendy jacket pattern you had brought to the pattern swap. I keep thinking about it....I found it on ebay and on etsy...hmmm.....

    It was a great day, wasn't it? I'm so glad I went!

  4. Update: I bought the pattern about half an hour after posting my comment. It has already shipped. :)

  5. Tomasa! Check out my post on mpb day. Happy sewing!

  6. Oh, I'm so envious! what a fun day out!! It's fabulous to meet like minded people and best of all go shopping together too.