Sunday, March 6, 2016

MPB Winter Frolic Day

Saturday, March 5, 2016 was MPB Winter Frolic Day where sewists, bloggers and like-minded folks got together to enjoy a fun day full of friendship, fashion and sewing-related pursuits.  The beginning of March oftentimes brings with it bad weather but luckily the day was cool, not terribly cold, and sunny.

We met at 11 am at the Museum at FIT where there is currently on view 3 exhibits: Denim: Fashion's Frontier; The Women of Harper's Bazaar; and Fairy Tale Fashion.  All 3 exhibits were wonderful but Fairy Tale Fashion was spectacular.  The garments in combination with the backdrops and music made you feel like you were stepping into a fairy tale.

The first garment you see as you enter the exhibit of Fairy Tale Fashion is a striking Red Riding Hood cape:

Storytailors by Joao Branco and Luis Sanchez, 2015

The Snow Queen section - based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen:

Alexander McQueen, 2008

Alice in Wonderland section - I found this unusual garment quite amusing:

The Queen of Hearts by Hideki Seo, 2014

The motifs on this gorgeous dress seem to refer to the scene where Alice finds a gold key that opens the door to a beautiful garden.  The embroidery is exquisite:
Key to the Garden by Dolce and Gabbana, 2014

The fairies section - The print matching and placement is superb:
What Does a Fairy Look Like? by Prada, 2008

 In the Furrypelts section (based on a tale by the Brothers Grimm) - I just loved this dress with all those little stars:
Dress Like the Stars by Mary Liotta, 1930
Close-up of the stars made from tiny beads and sequins

I had some fun at The Women of Harper's Bazaar exhibit:

Here's Kyle from Vacuuming the Lawn modeling the beautiful backpack she just finished made out of neoprene:

You can find out more about these exhibits and upcoming exhibits by visiting the FIT website.

We then headed off to Panera Bread for lunch where we took over the 2nd floor

Peter Lappin of Male Pattern Boldness and myself

and where we had a pattern swap:

After lunch we broke into separate groups.  Kyle and I headed a group to Mood Fabrics where Kyle was on a mission to find the perfect denim (which she did):

Around 4 pm, we all met up at International Gourmet Kitchen, 505 8th Avenue, to rest our weary feet, chat and show off our purchases:

Many thanks to Peter for organizing this wonderful day!


  1. It was a great day and I'm really happy Peter is going to have another winter meetup next year!
    That is a great pic of you and Peter.
    Nice action shot of me looking for denim! Can you please text it to me when you have a chance?
    Check out my instagram pic of you--there are a few comments for you!

    1. Yes, it was a fun day. I look forward to future MPB meet ups. I sent you the photo - if you didn't receive it, let me know. Thanks for posting that picture of me on nice to see the comments.

  2. Wow this looked absolutely amazing!! I'm assuming it was in NYC.? What a fabulous day you all must of had. Thanks for sharing it with us x

    1. Hi Dawn! Yes, it was indeed an amazing exhibit! Yes, it was in NYC. It was indeed a fun day.

  3. What a fab day. Looks like you all had fun. Thanks for the photos:)

    1. You're welcome. Yes, it was certainly a fun day!