Sunday, August 9, 2015

MPB DAY - Fun in the Big Apple

Saturday, August 8, 2015, was MPB day!  A large group of sewing bloggers got together in New York City to enjoy a fun day of sewing related activities.  It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm with comfortable humidity.

We first met at FIT where we viewed the exhibit, Global Fashion Capitals, which is on view from June 2 through November 14, 2015.  Admission is free.  The exhibit examined the contributions to fashion design from cities all over the world.  Below are some garments that caught my eye.  There were many more beautiful garments on display so if you can, go visit the exhibit.

Christopher Kane, London

Balenciaga, Paris

Halston, New York

We then headed up the street to Panera Bread for lunch:

The infamous Peter Lappin (Male Pattern Boldness) and myself
After lunch, we broke up into small groups and headed to the various fabric stores.  Kyle (Vacuuming the Lawn), Anne (Sewing to Soothe My Soul), Lynn (You Sew Girl!) and I first visited Pacific Trim on 38th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, where we purchased lots of different types of elastic and decorative elastic.  Kyle also purchase supplies for making handbags.

Kyle and Anne on line waiting to pay

We then went to SIL thread, 38th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, where they sell tons of threads, hundreds of zippers and all kinds of notions:

Of course, we went to visit fabric stores as well:

Gloria happily selecting fabric at Paron Fabrics
We ended MPB day by all gathering at Bryant Park to rest our weary feet and relax.

From left to right:  Lynn, Claire (visiting from London), Anne, Kyle and  I
After resting a bit at Bryant Park, Anne, Kyle, Lynn and I went to a fun restaurant in the Chelsea neighborhood called Cafeteria at 119th 7th Avenue to celebrate Lynn's birthday.  The food was wonderful and the service was superb.  The waiter was quite personable and we enjoyed watching Lynn tease the waiter about birthday candles.  Below is a photo of Lynn next to the candles that were going to be placed on the tables.  She did blow out one for her birthday although I wonder what would have happened if she had blown all of them out....ha!

Happy Birthday Lynn!


  1. It was fun to see you again Tomasa! Lynn was soooo good at flirting with the waiter!!

    1. Yes, it's always fun to get together! Yes, Lynn was hilarious.

  2. p.s. I love love love that picture you took of Peter and me. LOVE IT!

  3. The whole day just flew by in a flash. So much creative energy in one place. MPB Day is better than any national holiday!

    1. It's always a great experience to share a day with like-minded creative people. So inspirational! Loved your shirt by the way.

  4. LOL. I wonder what would have happened too! I am so happy to have met and spent the day schlepping the garment district with you! We must stay in touch and do this again. =)

    1. I feel likewise! Absolutely - we must stay in touch and do this again.