Saturday, September 5, 2015

ETA Sew Expo 2015

The ETA Sew Expo 2015 was held in Rutherford, NJ from August 28 to August 30 at the Renaissance Hotel on Stuyvesant Avenue.

I took a total of 6 classes.  All of the classes were informative taught by leaders in the sewing industry.  Oh, it was so much fun to be surrounded by like-minded creative sewing people!

As soon as I arrived, I was greeted by the wonderful Peggy Sagers of the pattern line Silhouette Patterns.  It is thanks to her this wonderful event came to the NJ/NY area for the 3rd time.  I am looking forward to next year.

Peggy is wearing a leather jacket she made from Silhouette Patterns #1955.  I am wearing a jean jacket I made from  Silhouette Patterns #900.

For those of you who attended last year, you may remember the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel was under construction.  However, the lobby has since been completed.  The lobby is beautiful, very spacious with lots of light.

Lobby of Renaissance Hotel

These light fixtures look like bubbles to me!

The vendor hall was only one room but there was still plenty there to do some damage.  I purchased a  book, interfacing and pattern by Pamela Leggett; some stay tape and fabric from Emma Seabrooke.

Pamela Leggett at her booth with her new book
Sewing Essentials Serger Techniques.
  You can find it on Amazon.
Emma Seabrooke at her booth selling stay tape, fabrics and notions.
You can check out her fabulous stay tapes at SewKeysE .

Tailoring supplies
Beautiful hand dyed fabrics by Sherry Searcy

 All of the classes were excellent.  I walked away from each one having learned something new.
Carol Steinbrecher of Style Solutions
showed us how to think of our wardrobes in "clusters"

Andrea from the blog knit-knac
examining some leathers after Peggy's leather class
 Lorraine Henry talking about fit

Pamela Leggett showing us how to pad a dress form

Not mentioned above but also in attendance and teaching were Kathy Ruddy and Anne St. Clair.

Of course, it's always fun to spend time with Amardeep who has a hilarious sense of humor:

The cutest doll size ensemble
 made by Lois Anderson of the ASDP (NJ Chapter)
Association of Sewing and Design Professionals
 (ASDP - NJ Chapter) At the table:  Jil Konopacki
Chapter Pres., Stephen Wisner, member

There also were two design challenges.  In one of the challenges, the winner took home $1,000!

The time went by so fast but I left feeling inspired and energized.  For those of you who have not yet attended this expo, be sure to visit next year.

Happy sewing!


  1. It looks like you enjoyed yourself. The leather class looks really interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    1. It was a fun event. The leather class was indeed interesting. I liked that Peggy had many samples of leather garments she made as well as different leathers to examine.

  2. I've been waiting for this post!! Thanks for all of the pictures!!! Neat that Andrea was there.
    Love love love the bubble chandelier!!

    1. It takes me a while sometimes to post...but eventually I do! Yes, I was happy to see Andrea there. I am sure it was a positive experience for her as well.

  3. Argh! The Google monster strikes again!

    The expo looked like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes it was fun! I so look forward to next year's expo.

  4. That's so cool! How do I not know about this? I can get to Rutherford. Next year remind me please I'd love to go and support!

    1. Carolyn - I will most definitely remind you. I agree, we must support as many sewing related activities as well can. I want to see this expo come back every year and get bigger every year!